Hidden Memory Mod

Posted in: Uncategorized by admin on January 13, 2009

I have wanted to do a hidden memory mod for some time now. At work I am exposed to information about all the sneaky places to hide contraband. And combined with my Computer Forensic training, I have been dieing to do a Proof of Concept that anything could contain data, and Computer Forensic Analysts should never focus just on the HDD.

There are 4 requirements:

  1. The device must remain fully functional.
  2. The device must show no signs of modification to the naked eye.
  3. The memory mod must use off the shelf items to prove anyone can complete it. (No custom circuit boards, or expensive gadgets.)
  4. The device item must be a common item to a PC and easily overlooked. (no gutted UPS’s with connected serial cables for example) “The best place to hide something is in plain sight”.

My first attempt was a failure. I tried to hide memory into a Microsoft mouse. To keep a long story short, I was not able to slip a USB hub (the size of 2 AA batteries) into the mouse casing, no matter how much I carved out of it. 2 days and 3 mice later I put the project on indefinite hold.

…Until this beauty arrived in my office. With a on board 2-port USB hub, it was almost too easy.

The USB Keyboard Memory Mod.

Supplies:
1 USB keyboard with built in HUB
1 Female USB cable
Phillips Screw Driver
Soldering Gun & fine solder
Multimeter
Flash Memory Drive (any size)

Time: ~2 hours


Your average run of the mill USB keyboard, plenty of internal cavity to work with.

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