Dead Simple Hack Allows for “Rebel” Keurig K-Cups

We nerds will always find a way.


If you haven’t actually used a Keurig coffee machine, then you’ve probably at least seen one. They are supposed to make brewing coffee simple. You just take one of the Keurig “k-cups” and place it into the machine. The machine will punch a hole in the foil top and run the water through the k-cup. Your flavored beverage of choice comes out the other side. It’s a simple idea, run by a more complex machine. A machine that is complicated enough to have a security vulnerability.

Unfortunately newer versions of these machines have a sort of DRM, or lockout chip. In order to prevent unofficial k-cups from being manufactured and sold, the Keurig machines have a way to detect which cups are legitimate and which are counterfeit. It appears as though the machine identifies the lid specifically as being genuine.

It turns out this “lockout” technology is very simple to…

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One thought on “Dead Simple Hack Allows for “Rebel” Keurig K-Cups

  1. atkokosplace says:

    That’s really interesting. I have a Keurig (gift given to me that I’ve used once to say that I did try it). I got an empty vessel that allows you to put what ever coffee in the vessel and pop it in the machine. I don’t think the taste of the coffee that comes from it is very good. To me it lacks a bold taste. I’d much rather brew from a drip coffee maker or making it from a french press. Have you tried cold brew coffee? Yum, if you haven’t. 🙂


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