HackRF One

HackRF One is a wide band software defined radio (SDR) half-duplex transceiver created and manufactured by Great Scott Gadgets. Its creator, Michael Ossman, launched a successful KickStarter campaign in 2014 with a first run of the project called HackRF (Project Jawbone).[1] The hardware and software's open source nature has attracted hackers, amateur radio enthusiasts, and information security practitioners.

The HackRF One PCB by Great Scott Gadgets


The HackRF One is capable of receiving and transmitting on a frequency range of 1MHz to 6GHz with output power of 30 mW to 1 mW depending on the band.[2] The unit comes with an SMA antenna port, CLKIN/CLKOUT SMA ports and a 2.0 USB port. The HackRF One integrates with GNU Radio and SDR# projects to provide its graphical user interface.[3] The popularity of HackRF One as a security research platform has made it featured in many information security conference talks such as BlackHat, DEF CON and BSides.[4][5][6]

Academic researchEdit

Kimmo Heinäaro presented a paper at the 2015 International Conference on Military Communications and Information Systems (ICMCIS) outlining how military tactical communications could be hacked with HackRF One and other open source tools.[7]

In 2017, researchers were able to use HackRF One in a GPS spoofing attack to feed a vehicle false signals and mapping data to deliver the occupants to a desired location.[8]

Media attentionEdit

The HackRF One has received criticism in several media reports because it can be used to intercept the key fob signals to open car doors.[9][10]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Update 24: Antennas · HackRF, an open source SDR platform". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  2. ^ Jones, Jon (January 2017). "HackRF One". QST Magazine.
  3. ^ Ossmann, Michael (2018-02-17), hackrf: low cost software radio platform, retrieved 2018-02-20 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Black Hat USA 2017". www.blackhat.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  5. ^ Adrian Crenshaw (2015-09-12), RT100 Using a HackRF One to Infiltrate the Digital Thetford Wall Patrick Perry, retrieved 2018-02-20 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Software defined radio talks from Defcon 23 - rtl-sdr.com". www.rtl-sdr.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  7. ^ Military Communications and Information Systems (ICMCIS), 2015 International Conference on : date 18-19 May 2015. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Piscataway, New Jersey. ISBN 9788393484850. OCLC 949403479.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ HotMobile'17 : proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications : February 21-22, 2017, Sonoma, CA, USA. ACM SIGMOBILE, Association for Computing Machinery. New York, New York. ISBN 9781450349079. OCLC 981765641.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "Amazon And eBay Slammed For Selling Device That Lets Thieves Break Into Cars". HuffPost UK. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  10. ^ Sandeman, George (2017-05-15). "Amazon sells gadget used for breaking into cars". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-02-20.