While I was out in New Zealand, I dropped into Hobbiton to see if any of my favorite Hobbits were home. I walked around trying to see if any of the Baggins was around. I also tried their famous Ginger Beer, and of course, spilled it all over myself. If you are ever in the area go check out Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tours. This has been on my bucket list for years. So glad I was able to visit this special place.
One of the challenges that most folks face when trying to perform a pen-test or even just “playing around” with tools, is a system that doesn’t break the bank or is mobile enough to be sneaky.
I found some companies that came up with the idea of using a Raspberry Pi as a platform for education as well as a “throw-away” device. One such company offers this exact configuration for a mere $750. So what does Dale do? He does what any respectable hacker does, and reverse engineers the device and discovers that you can build your own “Mobile Hacking Workstation” for under $250 (as of the posting of this entry). I know! You think people should “Storm” (see what I did there?) back and get a refund for spending $750 on something that, to be honest, is easy to build and a BLAST to play around with.
So let me first give you a “build list”. All the products can be purchased via Amazon, although you might find other sources, I’m sticking with Amazon for ease of returns/ordering issues. So here we go:
First, you have to choose between two different models of Raspberry Pi. The “3 B+” is a little faster, includes Bluetooth, but the wifi (as of the writing of this blog) doesn’t work with the Aircrack-ng suite. The straight up “3” doesn’t have Bluetooth, but the wifi chipset works great with Aircrack-ng.
Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with power and coolers (requires external wifi adapter for “aircrack-ng”, but includes Bluetooth) – https://amzn.to/2OMB3pH