Android as a networking hacking kit

Pwn pad from Pwnie Express

If you are a network hacker and want to try out something new, Pwnie Express, the security tools company, has something really awesome to show. The company has come up with a new Android based tablet which is able to hack into wireless networks, and the tablet is called the Pwn Pad. The company is selling the Pwn Pad, which is based on Google’s 7 inch tablet, the Nexus 7, for a good $795, and this is because the tablet is heavily modified.

The company will be showing off the tablet at the RSA security conference in San Francisco next week. And along with the tablet, the company is releasing the source code for the tablet as well. This means that interested hackers will be able to download the source code, play with it, and be able to run it on other Android smart phones and tablets, if everything works out well.

There have been a lot of hacking tools that have been ported to Android, but the company has been able to port some of the important wireless hacking tools to Android with this new tablet, and these tools include Aircrack-ng and Kismet. “Every pen tester we know has a phone and a tablet and a laptop, but none of them has been able to do pen-testing from the tablet,” says Dave Porcello, Pwnie Express’s CEO.

The problem with Android tablets is that the Google’s version of the Linux operating system does not allow kernel level wireless functions which is very important for packet injection, which is “kernel-level wireless features that these tools need to mess around with the data on wireless networks.” But Pwnie Express was able to achieve this by adding the TP-Link wireless adapter to support packet injection. And this is what made the tablet a lot more powerful compared to other tools.

Source: Wired