posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 12:29 PM
I'm not surprised at all. It is fast becoming the standard to use common operating systems such as Linux or Windows CE on board complex devices such
as cameras and media centers. It's likely this is what is used for many bank machines, slot machines, voting kiosks, etc. This means that the hacker
already knows the operating system, layout, and programing language inside and out. It also means that the platform will have standard interfaces like
USB, or UART ports. Only a few common script lines need to be changed.
With the proliferation of inexpensive plug and play control platforms such as the Raspberry Pi, designers are fast moving away from expensive,
designed in house control platforms making hacking inevitable. It reminds me of an incident recently where someone found out that FLIR (the company
that makes the worlds best thermal imagers) was using a Linux based system on their latest consumer model and limiting the lower end version through
software. Now everybody is buying it and hacking it so that it does what the one costing eight times more is capable of, even adding bonus
capabilities not included in the high end version.