Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Power Pwn outlet strip doubles as stealthy hacking tool


PC World - Normally if you find a rogue outlet strip, or a user happens to bring his or her own surge protector to use you might not think much of it. Thanks to a new device called the Power Pwn, though, it might soon be cause for concern.
A company called Pwnie Express is taking pre-orders for the device. According to the companys website, Pwnie Express specializes in innovative, rapid-deployment cyber security products for the IT security professional.
The idea of a power source that doubles as hacking or penetration-testing toolkit isnt new to Pwnie Express. It also offers a smaller unit that simply plugs into an outlet. However, the Pwn Plug Mini may draw more attention than the Power Pwn, which by all outward appearances is simply a run-of-the-mill surge protector outlet strip.
A Power Pwn unit connected in your office would be a serious threat to your network and data security. The Power Pwn boasts integrated Wi-Fi, high-gain Bluetooth with a range of 1,000 feet, a 3G cellular connection, and dual Ethernet ports to provide an attacker with a variety of means of communicating with the device from inside the network or around the world.
More here:http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9229531/Power_Pwn_outlet_strip_doubles_as_stealthy_hacking_tool?source=CTWNLE_nlt_security_2012-07-24&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fs%2Ffeed%2Ftopic%2F17+%28Computerworld+Security+News%29

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