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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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This is the view from the business end of the wireless gun. You can see the Pwnie Express Pwn Phone mounted on a Tapco synthetic stock. The Pwn Phone is a Nokia N900 phone loaded with various open source programs, such as Airgrack-NG for cracking WEP and WPA, Metasploit to exploit vulnerabilities, nmap for network mapping and a host of other tools.

When tied to the Yagi antenna, they hope to extend the range of the attacks well beyond the theoretical limit of 100 meters.

 

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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