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The government of Canada is planning to ban the Flipper Zero, a handheld hacking device that has gained popularity among security researchers and hobbyist hackers. However, there is a lot of misinformation about its capabilities due to staged videos on social media platforms like TikTok. The Canadian government claims, without any evidence, that the device is being used to steal cars, although there is no proof that Flipper Zero is playing a major role in car thefts.
The device is modeled and named after the virtual dolphin from the movie Johnny Mnemonic, and it's essentially a Tamagotchi you can use to hack stuff.
Flipper Zero is capable of scanning radio frequencies, cloning key fobs, and controlling infrared-based devices. It is primarily used by security researchers to improve device security and by hobbyists who enjoy tinkering with computers. However, the Canadian government has announced its intention to ban the importation, sale, and use of hacking devices like Flipper Zero, citing concerns about car thefts tied to organized crime networks. Despite this, there is no evidence to suggest that the device is a significant factor in these thefts.
Criminals have been using sophisticated tools to steal cars. And Canadians are rightfully worried, wrote Francois-Philippe Champagne, the Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, in a tweet.