One part awesome, one part “Oh crap”: DARPA funded power-strip can hack your network


Well, keep on the lookout for this gizmo…called the “PowerPwn” – fitting, right?

From ZDNet:

The Power Pwn may look like an ordinary power strip, maybe with an included surge protector, but it’s far from it. Network administrators and IT staff in general need to be wary of this one: it can do much more than meets the eye.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Cyber Fast Track program helped funded the development of the Power Pwn. Pwnie Express, which developed the $1,295 gizmo, says it’s “a fully-integrated enterprise-class penetration testing platform.” That’s great, but the company also notes its “ingenious form-factor” (again, look at the above picture) and “highly-integrated/modular hardware design,” which to me translates to: it’s the perfect tool for hacking a corporate network.

The best feature?  It really does also work as a power strip!

via: [ZDNet]