Implantable Hacking Devices Whitepaper

As promised here is the public release of my implantable hacking devices whitepaper. This whitepaper discusses the methods used to compromise Android phones via an implanted NFC chip as well as up and coming technologies that could make more advances implantable hacking devices a serious threat to physical and cyber security.


Click Here to download the whitepaper .PDF

Also, Check out some of the media coverage for this project:



Here is a recorded live stream of the Presentation I gave at the Hack Miami Conference:


Special thanks to B-sides Las Vegas for accepting our talk to be presented at the 2015 B-sides Las Vegas convention!


BioHacking: Implantable chip attack vector

I will be presenting some of my work from this year at this summers HackMiami conference May 15th-17th.

Additional information about the conventionis available at Hackmiami.com

A whitepaper will be released here upon completion of the presentation.

BioHacking: Implantable chip attack vector – Seth Wahle – Rod Soto

Implantable electronic devices will allow hackers to breach the security of networks, infrastructure and personal electronics. These purpose built implantable devices will be nearly undetectable via currently available personnel scanning and searching devices and techniques. For proof of concept an implantable near-field communications chip was used to compromise Android devices. This simple device could however be used to compromise a wide array of devices and systems. The entire process of using an implantable chip as attack vector to compromise a device will be shown in this presentation.

Bio: Seth Wahle is an engineer and security researcher who specializes in embedded computing, robotic, and radio frequency systems. As a  former Fire Control-man in the United States Navy, He maintained and controlled the ships self defense weapon systems to protect the U.S. fleet against surface and missile attacks. Now as a civilian Seth applies his skills to identify and solve problems in the cyber security, large scale asset management, and automated manufacturing sectors.

Bio: Rod Soto is a security researcher and board member of HackMiami. He is a regular speaker at hacking conferences all over the country on the topics of penetration testing tools and methods, as well as the topic of digital civil liberties. Rod Soto was the winner of the 2012 BlackHat Las Vegas Capture the Flag hacking competition, and is the founder and lead developer of the Kommand&&Kontrol competitive hacking tournament series. He is currently a senior principal researcher with the engineering research team of an information security corporation engaged in digital crime intelligence analysis, vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and malware reversal.



DemonSaw – Transfer Files Anonymously

First there was Newsgroups and FTP’s, Then there was Napster and its spin offs, And then Torrent came to power. But now as ISP’s  are blocking torrent transfers and the NSA is monitoring you torrent downloads.  A new breed of file transfer systems has finally arrived and its name is Demonsaw.

Demonsaw is a new type of file sharing application that allows you to share your files securely. It’s the next leap in the evolution of file sharing. Demonsaw is designed to protect your anonymity and hide what you’re sharing. Your IP address is never revealed to the world. Share whatever you want, with whomever you want, without fear.

Every file sharing application over the past 45+ years has had 3 common elements: the ability to upload/download files, the ability to control program flow, and the ability to transfer data. Demonsaw is different from other file sharing applications because it breaks up these different types of abilities into separate network components that act autonomously. By doing this demonsaw creates an extra layer of abstraction that completely secures your file sharing.

Demonsaw a type of decentralized Cloud network. It takes the best features from centralized applications, like the Dropbox, and decentralized applications, like BitTorrent, and merges them into a seamless new type of hybrid file sharing application. By levering your home Internet access, you become your own file sharing network.

Secure, Anonymous, Free, Everywhere.

Demonsaw has a great interface and works fantastically. however it is not likely time for you to go ahead and delete that torrent software just yet. It is going to be difficult for you to find the files you are looking for unless you get access to a good server most of which are being kept under wraps at the current time.

In support if Demonsaw, Torchlit studios has now set up a Demonsaw server and we are opening it up to everyone so you may all use it however you please. If you would like to connect to, and use this server here is the address:  Demonsaw.TorchlitStudios.com

DemonSaw is not a web platform so you will need to go to http://www.demonsaw.com/ and download the client in order to be able to use it.


$10 Ebay Yagi Antenna is AWESOME!

lately I have been gathering a bit of fun toys for “penetration testing” one of the more impressive pieces I recently picked up was a wifi yagi antenna I picked up for under $10!

While expectations weren’t very high for this antenna with it coming from Ebay, and being under $10, after getting it I am truly surprised at the quality of the antenna.  It is well tuned to 2.4ghz and is actually 25dBi gain as advertised (tested on an Agilent E8364c network analyzer) and after bolting on a cheap table top camera tripod I now have a very nice little piece of gear.

There is a public hotspot near my house that I was previously barely able to connect to and I could just barely pull up my email using my laptops stock antennas. After hooking this antenna up to my new Alfa AWUS036NHR 2,000mW USB network adapter  I now have a perfect signal and can stream Youtube ad Netflix without issue.  The only issue that one may have with an antenna like this is that it is a directional antenna that requires you to point the antenna in the direction of the access point you are trying to connect with.  It is not difficult to do though because there are plenty of programs available that test signal strength.  Without ever knowing where This public access point is located I was able to point my antenna in its direction by connecting to the hotspot and spinning the antenna slowly until I found what direction had the best signal strength.

This is also a really great tool for finding what networks are in your area because With a high gain antenna I can now pick up about 3 times as many networks than I could previously.

By using a directional antenna instead of the stock Dipole antenna that the network adapter comes with I am able to take advantage of a little known exception the the FCC’s rules that allows for a 60 watt wifi link. check out this episode of Hak5 for more information.


There is also a really great EIRP calculator here: http://www.csgnetwork.com/antennaecalc.html

This calculator will allow you to run all the numbers on your own system should you choose to do a bit of playing with higher powered wifi links.



Ntag216 Pre-loaded injectors now for sale!

We at Torchlit Studios are proud to announce that after many long nights working on this project we can now offer our first bio-hacking product!  Its not anything new to the scene but by working with a large NFC tag manufacturer we are able to offer Pre-loaded and sterilized Ntag216 glass tags  at a significant saving over other producers.

These tags are available in the TorchlitStudios.com web store at this link: http://torchlitstudios.com/?product=ntag-216-pre-loaded-injector


Bio-Hacking Project #2 – Magnetic sense Trainer

Prototype #1 for Magnetic Sense Trainer

I though it would be cool to make a way to train the magnetic sense gained through implanting a magnet in your finger. The idea is that this trainer will be plugged in to a frequency generator so that a specific and known signal can be injected into the device and then can be felt through the magnetic implant in order to train the body to differentiate between different signals, amplitudes, etc. For this prototype I decided to use an audio TSSR pigtail for the input so that I could plug the device in to my cell phone to feel different songs, much the same you would by holding your magnet implant next to a speaker. Next I will make TSSR to BNC cable in order to interface with a frequency generator.

Building the trainer is fairly easy to build (see schematic above) for anyone who would like to replicate one for themselves. However, I would highly suggest buying your parts online because purchasing them from radio shack will run you nearly $70 and you will have to get lucky and hope that they actually carry IC's at all. But I have a pretty good one near my house that has a pretty larger stock of components and they had everything I needed.

For anyone looking to build one for themselves the voice coil is just a bunch of enamel wire that was wrapped around a 9v battery and bound with electrical tape. This could work better with professional voice coils. You can buy voice coils online or pull them out old speakers if you do now want to make one yourself.

Here are a couple more pictures:



After recently purchasing an RFID implant for myself and doing a fair bit of research on the topic. I decided to start developing a new implantable RFID tag. With the tag I previously purchased costing just over $100. I feel that with my skill set I can come up with a way to create tag that is competitive in it’s features and do it at a lower price point to make this type of thing more affordable for everyone to enjoy.

I have been working very hard on this project and have finished my design, sourced all of the parts and have an order in to a contract manufacturer to get them built. I will be announcing Torchlit Studio’s first product very soon along with some other exciting details soon, and I anticipate that these new RFID tags will be available within the next month or so. stay tuned for more updates!


Project #1: RFID Implant

For a While now I have been researching on the topic of Bio-hacking, I have seen people who are implanting RFID chips, magnets, and other experimental devices. I have decided that I would like to get in on the trans-humanist fun and that I will start by implanting an RFID chip in to my hand so that I may toy about and develop new RFID enabled projects.

After doing a great deal of research on the topic I found that Dangerousthings.com is the only source to obtain a fully NFC compatible implantable chip. NFC compatibility is important to me because it means that I will be able to use the chip with my android phone and this unlocks all sorts of fun possibilities for possible future fun.

I have already purchased the NTAG216 injection kit from their site and will be implanting it soon. This kit ran about $108 after shipping and I must say that I am very impressed with how well the kit is put together. It came shipped in a sturdy box and inside the entire kit is packaged in a thick plastic bag. It came with all sorts of extras to aid in the implant process. So far I am quite happy with the purchase and cannot wait to start playing with my fist biohack.

Torchli Studios

The beginning of Torchlit Studios.

Hello, and welcome to Torchlit Studio. I am building this site to chronicle and discuss the many, many projects that I work on. It is my hope that this site will inspire others to take on projects of their own as well as providing a means for me to tell people about what I am working on and get feedback and suggestions for new things to work on or ways to improve the things that I am already working on.