Google Chromecast Rickrolling Fun

Posted on Jul 21 2014 - 10:23am by Lisa C.

RickMote Controller Hacks Chromecast

This is a clever hack that exploits a Google bug in Chromecast and allows the Chromecast to be hijacked.  By “hijacked” I mean you can take control of the Chromecast dongle and play whatever movie/video you want on your neighbors TV. Fun right?  Read on for more details of the RickMote Controller for Chromecast hacking.

Dan Petro, a smart type with the Bishop Fox consultancy created the RickMote Controller.  The RickMote uses a Rasberry Pi mini-computer to do this bit of magic.  The RickMote locates nearby Chromecast devices then takes them over and plays everyones favorite song, via a YouTube music video, Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

"When this loss of connectivity occurs, the Chromecast tries to reconfigure and accepts commands from anyone within proximity," Petro wrote. "The Rickmote automatically provides this configuration in the form of everyone's favorite Rick Astley song on loop."

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