BeagleBone for Secret Agents

Browse anonymously, communicate secretly, and create custom security solutions with open source software, the BeagleBone Black, and cryptographic hardware

Book Description:

The BeagleBone Black is a small but powerful low-powered computer that can be used to protect personal secrets and enable privacy enhancing technologies. With increasing concerns over Internet surveillance, you can combine time-tested open source security software with the small form factor of the BeagleBone Black to create custom personal security applications.

Starting with an introduction to development with the BeagleBone Black, we’ll show you how to use the BeagleBone to create custom hardware projects involving security and privacy. Each chapter provides the history and background of each technology with a self-contained and practical project. You’ll explore devices such as a fingerprint scanner and the Trusted Platform Module on the CryptoCape while learning about authentication and encryption. Filled with projects that utilize security tools used by journalists, activists, and government agents, this book shows you how to apply these tools with a BeagleBone Black.

What You Will Learn

  • Build a complete BeagleBone development environment with Emacs and modern Emacs extensions
  • Understand how Tor protects Internet privacy and how to run a Tor bridge
  • Add custom hardware to the BeagleBone’s I2C, serial, GPIO, and analog to digital interfaces
  • Gain insight into the BeagleBone cape ecosystem by exploring the design of the CryptoCape
  • Use a Trusted Platform Module to protect your GPG keys
  • Build an Off-the-Record chat gateway
  • Develop and analyze threat models for security-related projects