Pwn Plug pwns your network

By on March 4, 2012
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All your LANs are belong to us.

The image below may look like an electric air freshner, but it’s one of the many disguises available for the Pwn Plug, a little white device that can be stealthily installed and used to gain access to a computer network.

The Pwn Plug comes in Wireless and 3G versions, and looks like an ordinary power plug. But underneath that innocent exterior lies a fully fledged computer armed with an arsenal of hacking tools. Dave Porcello, CEO of Pwnie Express who make the devices, says that he got the idea when he came across a Linux computer that looked just like a power adapter. He turned that idea into a commercial product, and now organizations are using the Pwn Plug to remotely monitor offices and networks for any problems, as well as for testing security. Porcello dressed up as a technician and was able to gain access to a bank’s most secure areas by simply telling a bluff story that he was testing for power surges. This of course, was part of an undercover test being run by the bank, so once Porcello gained access, the bank was able to call the whole thing off and reevaluate their security measures.

The Pwn Plug is both a useful tool and a hacker’s dream toy, so just be careful when you glance at that mess of wires and plugs under your desk – one of them could be watching you.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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