Security engineer hides hacking device in laptop power suppl

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PostMon Jun 24, 2013 2:59 am » by Malogg

Security engineer hides hacking device in laptop power supply to create network backdoor


You gotta love security geeks — they can make it so easy for you. At least, if you’re a black hat hacker.

Network security engineer “Richee” posted complete details about how to make a tiny Raspberry Pi computer look like a ordinary laptop power brick, and then give himself a physical backdoor into corporate networks.

Technically, the job is laughably easy.

The Pi is a tiny computer that could fit in the palm of your hand. But it’s got a 700 MHz processor, a half a gigabyte of RAM, and runs a custom version of Linux. It also has HDMI and USB ports and — critically — Ethernet. Kids, geeks, white-hat hackers, and case-modders buy the cheap $25-35 computer and build beautiful cases for it, install apps from the Pi Store, and build robotic bartenders with it.

With a little soldering and gluing, Richee fit the tiny Pi into an old power brick, hooked up a black Ethernet cord, and jimmied up a power supply out of a plug and a USB converter. Voila: an inconspicuous ET-phone-home hacker’s best friend.

Of course, the software is the critical part.

With a few lines of code, Richee built a little script that will phone home to his designated server over SSH (secure shell). Once the Pi phones home, he’s got an insider’s access to the network it’s on.


Of course, Richee doesn’t have nefarious intent — it’s simply a tool for remote support. In the wrong hands, however, it could go un-noticed for weeks, if companies have lax security oversight, and offer very tempting access to ostensibly-secure data.

There is one problem, of course: Laptop power bricks don’t normally have Ethernet cords hanging from them. Richee has a solution for that:

It looks weird when you stare at it but put it behind a plant and nobody will ever notice it (except the guy who waters the plants).
And the guy who waters the plants is unlikely to know to much about network security.

Image credits: TunnelsUP

This article originally appeared on VentureBeat ... -backdoor/

PMSL dunni go ripping yer laptop to bits unless you really know what you are doing as Ima can tell you as doing it once before to a Sony Vaio FW-21-E is no easy pie putting it all back together and if you do please make sure you have an anti static wrist band or you could be in for a nasty wee shock and having to buy a new one.

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PostMon Jun 24, 2013 11:05 am » by mediasorcery

wouldnt you put a wireless card in it instead of an ethernet cable?
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