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How to Unlock the Huawei E220 HSDPA modem

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Huawei e220 or Vodafone e220 is the HSDPA modem we usually get from Dialog Telecom or Mobitel GSM (probably from Airtel) when we purchase a mobile broadband connection. But usually it’s operator locked, so we can’t switch between networks when the current ISP starts treating us like dust, If you’ve read my previous post you know I have my reasons to unlock the Huawei e220 modem I got from Dialog Telecom. Here I’m gonna explain how I did that and I’ll try to be as simple as I can. But Feel free to ask for help if u need any.

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Disclaimer: I’m not responsible, nor will be held liable, for anything you do with the information I provide in this tutorial. Use it at your own risk.

Ok, since we are done with the traditional “Disclaimer” Lets see what you have to do.

First you’ll have to download the following tools.
e220 CardLock UnLocker
e220 Updater version 11.117.09.04.00
QC Mobile Analysis Tool
And a Hex editor. But if you do it correctly you can do it with an ordinary text editor too πŸ˜‰

Or you can download and extract this file. It contains all the tools we need for the job, including a lightweight portable hex editor πŸ™‚

Basically, Unlocking the e220 is simple as running the E220 CardLock Unlock tool and entering the unlock code and pressing the “Ok” button. But that’s when you “know” the unlock code.

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So how do we find the unlock code for our modem? that’s where the other tools come in handy.

Plug your modem to the computer and run the E220 Updater. Wait till it detects your modem and then press the “Cancel” button. yes! Cancel it! This is just to make it easier for the “real tool” to identify the modem.

e220UpdateNow open the QC BQS Analyzer and click on Hardware forensics menu, select Use Com/USB Port
QCMob-1Now the “QC Com Diag” window should be open. Most of the time your modem and com port is automatically selected on the Serial Com port drop down list. If not you’ll have to select it manually. And then click on the “Send Cmd” button and wait till the message “Successfully sent command” appears on the bottom right.
QCMob-2

Now Select ” Read EFS” from the Diag Functions drop down menu and Click the “Lets go” button. When it asks, enter the file name e220.bin and save it. A message saying “Successfully read EFS” should appear.

QCMob-3

Now its time to do some hex reading πŸ™‚ Open the e220.bin file from your Hex Editor. And search for the ASCII string Sd, (including the comma) or Search for the for the Hex string 53 64 2c
After few random characters you’ll see a clean 8 digit code. Believe me, it’s easily recognizable and guess what! thats our Unlock code πŸ˜€

HexOnce you’ve found the unlock key all you have to do is enter it on the CardLock Unlock utility and click “OK” And your modem is… Unlocked!!! πŸ˜€

Hope this will be helpful. I’d absolutely love to know your views on this. Good luck with unlocking your modems πŸ™‚
-seejay

Why I unlocked my HSDPA modem (and why you should too)

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As usual it’s old news to my twitter followers that I’ve unlocked my Huawei e220 HSDPA modem I bought with the Mobile Broadband connection from Dialog Telecom. It was operator locked and could only be used with Dialog. Well I must say that I loved mobile broadband. I absolutely loved the fact that I had internet access wherever I go. But unfortunately Dialog has been doing everything possible to ruin that amazing experience. When I got this connection they promised 3.6mbps but I’ve never ever experienced anything more than 1mbps with this. And sometimes the DNS servers get messed making the connection totally unusable.

“Well, they’ll improve the quality of the service eventually and we’ll have a good speed one day” that’s what I thought, but boy was I wrong.

Few weeks back I found that Dialog has officially “changed” the speed of the mobile broadband to 1mbps, It was changed on their web site too. But wait! Then what about the connection I purchased? what about the so called “very very fast” (hilarious! I know! but that’s how they advertised it :p) Internet connection which was supposed to be 3.6mbps???
What came to my mind for the first time was “WTF! who do they think we are? how do they expect to get away with this???” well answer is simple. They perfectly knew that there’s no way they can provide 3.6mbps speed but they LIED! why? why not? They are the *all mighty* Dialog Telecom, and we are just helpless customer fuckNuts.

“They’ve paid us already, So why bother, they can’t switch to any other provider since it’s operator locked” that’s probably what the people at dialog must be thinking.
Well Dialog, I’ve got news for you, Anything which can be locked can be unlocked, at least it’s true with the HSDPA modem you sold us πŸ˜› And thats exactly what I did πŸ˜› and now I own a fully functional Huawei e220 HSDPA modem πŸ˜€

The Unlock process was pretty easy and, NO I didn’t pay any money to any company to unlock it πŸ˜› I did it my self after a fair bit of Googling (Thanks to opendns we can still brows the web which is almost impossible if you are using Dialog’s crappy DNS servers πŸ˜› if you are still using them you should seriously try http://opendns.com you’re gonna luv me for suggesting it :P)

Anyway, the first question I got via twitter was “are you gonna switch to Airtel now?” My answer was “No!”

No, I won’t be switching away from Dialog right now. Why? Simply because I’ve agreed to use this connection for 6 months and I will act according to that. Then why did I unlock this? Simple, After 6 months I’m free to do anything, but they know that I can’t switch to any other network and use this modem so they DON’T CARE. But now, since I can switch between networks and still use the same modem, they know I will! and that’s what keep these money hungry companies like Dialog from screwing the customers. And thats exactly why we all should do it! That will teach them a lesson to treat their customers with some respect.

There are lot of places to find ways to unlock the HSDPA modems. And my next post which I’ll be writing tomorrow morning, will also be a how-to on unlocking Huawei e220 which is the most common HSDPA modem in Sri Lanka. Almost all my friends have this model so there’s a good chance you have the same. Let me know If you have any other model. I’ll always be happy to help.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not paid by Airtel or any other company or individual to take down Dialog telecom(LOL!) And this is not just about Dialog. This is true with Mobitel or even with Airtel. My point is that the customer should always have the freedom to switch to a network which offers good quality service. And If they don’t offer that. We should fight for it! I just took the first step.

Easily Stop Firefox from Consuming Your Cpu Cycles

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You may be thinking that you have done all the things to stop this nasty habit of Firefox. But have you tried this? I’ve done this is Firefox 2.0.0.3 but this will work with all the other versions of Firefox. Ok! here’s the trick.

1. Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter to get the Firefox expert configuration page.
2. Type browser.cache.disk.capacity in the Filter text box.
3. Modify the value to 16384
4. Restart Firefox and there you go!
After doing this, CPU usage for Firefox should stay under 10%
-SeeJay

FirefoX RoX! here are some haX Part

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Hi!
Remember some guys blamed me that there’s no use in opening Firefox inside Firefox? πŸ‘Ώ . Ok! Here is an useful one. πŸ˜€
You know what happens when you type a “word” in the Firefox address bar right? yes it gives a Google search on that “word”. As an example if we type “wordpress” in the address bar and press Enter key then Firefox will Google for “wordpress”.
But what if you want to go to wordpress.com or wordpress.org ?. Ok here is the trick!
First open a new tab in Firefox by pressing Ctrl+T type “ANYTHING” in the address bar and press Ctrl+Enter It will automatically add http:// and .com and go to http://www.ANYTHING.com
If you press Shift+Enter It will go to http://www.ANYTHING.net and pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter will automatically add http:// and .org and will go to http://www.ANYTHING.org
How cool is that?… πŸ˜• well, not that cool.But I’m sure its useful
C.J.

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Forbidden side of a web site-See what web sites hide from you

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Hi!
It seems my previous trick (or hack) on Firefox has become a bit famous.isn’t it? Anyways! Here is another hack (man! am I becoming a life hacker or what! πŸ™„ ) this is a really curious thing to check out.
We all know what search engines do right? yes Search! baby search! they search every where for everything. And what do web site owners do? The do various SEO (search engine optimization) stuff to make the things easy for the search engines so the SE’s will search the directories inside the web sites easily and bring more traffic to the site!. Hm… Ok C.J.! enough of the technical stuff,why are you telling us all this? This is why…
Do you know that there are some directories in web sites that they don’t want the general public to know about? Well, there are! Then what do the site owners do to hide them from us? They bribe the search engines πŸ˜€ Hm…
well what they do is put a text file including the directory names, that should be excluded when searching. So the search engines read that file first and exclude their content in the search results page……
But you know that us geeks can’t stay out of trouble right? Yes! there’s a way you can see what are the hidden directories are! All you got to do is put /robots.txt after the domain name and see what the site owners don’t want you to see 😈
How about checking out what Mr.Bill Gates got to hide from us? πŸ˜€ Here you go
http://www.micr*s*ft.c*m/r*b*ts.txt
And what about larry and sergei? yeh!
http://www.g**gle.c*m/r*b*ts.txt

And guys(and gals) you better not to use this with WordPress.com or else Our good old buddy Matt will kick me out of WP 😯 .Well,he is a very open guy and may not have anything to hide πŸ˜€ But why take the risk πŸ˜†
C.J.
Disclaimer : This is highly for educational purposes and I have no responsibility for any trouble you get involved with this.

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Firefox Inside Firefox

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Hellow Fellows!
You know that many of us spend lot of our computing time on the internet and most of that time we use Firefox tabs to open all our favorite Sites and services inside Firefox right?, yes, Gmail inside Ff, Yahoo inside Ff, ebay inside Ff, Banking inside Ff ect. ect. ect….With all these favorites inside Firefox, How about Opening Firefox inside Firefox? Not bad huh? and its really easy too just type in this url in a new tab in Firefox and there you go! Firefox inside Firefox!

chrome://browser/content/browser.xul

Disclaimer: I guarantee that this will work with Firefox. But I have no responsibility of any damage that cause Internet Explorer users by Using this with IE to Open Firefox inside IE πŸ˜†
C.J.
update: fell free to visit my web site http://www.cybercapital.org/ for more Firefox tricks!

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Wanna Learn Hacking? Part I

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Hey guys! this is for all those wanna be hackers out there. Theres a great site for hackers from newbies to l33ts.As the site admins call it, its a free, safe and legal training ground for hackers to test their skills. Yes its not just a hacker wargames site.The site community is huge and its a living site for sure! Ok! ok!! without further ado, here is the site
I must be really thankful to my linux guru ven.Ilgo for sending me this site address. Thank you so much Hamuduruwane! You are the best teacher ever!

C.J.

PS:- I called thisone Hackin Part 1 coz I’m gonna have many blog posts on hacking. But I just don’t know when to post another one of this kind. Maybe I’m always ready for my next Hacking post πŸ˜‰ Oh and I’d like to help anyone who is interested in hacking(But guys, I’m still not a l33t ok). So stay tuned!
C.J.

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Our Manifesto!@#

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Hi All!
After a long time… yeh!@# no need to say that i’m “three” busy to update ma blog. anyways!@# thought this is “The time to spend some Time” updating ma blog so i’m now publishing something which wasn’t actually written by me, I always wanted to publish this but had no opportunity to do so, As a clue, this is the literature of our TYPE. “so what on earth is that?” you might ask ok go on!@#
This is a classic article written by a “The Mentor” which shows some insight into the mind of a computer hacker. This article can be found all over the Internet and is a staple on many “hacker” websites. The article apparently first appeared in the hacker magazine =Phrack Inc.=, Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3 of 10.

                       /The Conscience of a Hacker//

                                      by

                               +++The Mentor+++

                          Written on January 8, 1986=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

        Another one got caught today, it's all over the papers.  "TeenagerArrested in Computer Crime Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering"...        Damn kids.  They're all alike.

        But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain,ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker?  Did you ever wonder whatmade him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?        I am a hacker, enter my world...        Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm smarter than most ofthe other kids, this crap they teach us bores me...        Damn underachiever.  They're all alike.

        I'm in junior high or high school.  I've listened to teachers explainfor the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction.  I understand it.  "No, Ms.Smith, I didn't show my work.  I did it in my head..."        Damn kid.  Probably copied it.  They're all alike.

        I made a discovery today.  I found a computer.  Wait a second, this iscool.  It does what I want it to.  If it makes a mistake, it's because Iscrewed it up.  Not because it doesn't like me...                Or feels threatened by me...                Or thinks I'm a smart ass...                Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...        Damn kid.  All he does is play games.  They're all alike.

        And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing throughthe phone line like heroin through an addict's veins, an electronic pulse issent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board isfound.        "This is it... this is where I belong..."        I know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked tothem, may never hear from them again... I know you all...        Damn kid.  Tying up the phone line again.  They're all alike...

        You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food atschool when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slipthrough were pre-chewed and tasteless.  We've been dominated by sadists, orignored by the apathetic.  The few that had something to teach found us will-ing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

        This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, thebeauty of the baud.  We make use of a service already existing without payingfor what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, andyou call us criminals.  We explore... and you call us criminals.  We seekafter knowledge... and you call us criminals.  We exist without skin color,without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals.You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to usand try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.

        Yes, I am a criminal.  My crime is that of curiosity.  My crime isthat of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like.My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive mefor.

        I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto.  You may stop this individual,but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.

                               +++The Mentor+++

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Anyways!@# know what is the funniest thing is? this manifesto is copyrighted to some as**ole who works in a school of LOW i saw this on the net while surfing and got soooo angry with this pathetic Pof. “ANE SUSAANO” πŸ˜€
Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Professor Susan Brenner
University of Dayton School of Law
All Rights Reserved

How can some one take the ownership of this kind of thing? Anyway back to the topic,
Our friend “The mentor ” got busted after some days from writing this but his words still remains. It will take some time for the LAW (or LOW πŸ˜€ ) guys to wipe this out from their imaginary “secured world”. After all “They Can’t stop us all!@#” πŸ˜€

C.J.