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Security Professionals Get The Best Toys

Do you think penetration testers--the people that companies hire to break into organizations and test their defenses--remain immersed in the pale glow of a stack of monitors listening to techno and mainlining over-caffeinated fruit drinks? I was visiting Steve Stasikounis, CEO of Secure Network Technologies and Dark Reading contributor, last week in his offices, and he couldn't help showing off his latest penetration testing and forensic investigation tools.
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The Wireless gun is an experiment to build a medium- to long-range mobile 802.11 and Bluetooth sniffing and exploit tool. Its looks like something out of a action movie and definitely catches the eye. It sports a 2.4 GHz Yagi antenna for the 802.11 and Bluetooth devices. The laser pointer is for pointing it at the target.

When they are on a penetration test involving wireless networks and devices, they want to test long-range attacks from a parking lot or across the street. The gun will be concealed in a van or otherwise hidden from view.

They are going to paint the tip orange to indicate it is not a weapon. On second thought, a less dangerous-looking model might be safer.

Me? I'd make it look like a box and cover it in wrapping paper. Who doesn't like a present?

 

Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio

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