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USB devices and advanced tools for cybersecurity testing

Analysis of malicious USB devices and penetration testing tools

Rubber Ducky and BadUSB exploit USB vulnerabilities to perform quick scripted attacks. Pineapple WiFi intercepts WiFi traffic by creating cloned networks. The Proxmark3 clones RFID/NFC cards. The Bash Bunny performs advanced USB attacks with custom scripts, useful in security testing.

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USB devices are tools commonly used by hackers to carry out fast and effective attacks. Among these, the "Rubber Ducky" and the "BadUSB" are two of the best known. The "Rubber Ducky" is a device that resembles a common USB stick, but inside it hides a programmable microcontroller capable of sending a sequence of commands via the USB port. This allows the attacker to execute complex scripts in seconds, exploiting the trust that operating systems place in USB devices. On the other hand, "BadUSB" exploits vulnerabilities present in USB firmware. By altering the firmware, these sticks can be turned into potentially dangerous devices, such as hidden keyboards or network cards that hijack the user's Internet traffic.

Communications interception systems: WiFi Pineapple

The "WiFi Pineapple" is a tool used for eavesdropping on wireless networks. Apparently similar to a regular access point, this device allows hackers to carry out "Man in the Middle" attacks. Pineapple WiFi creates a wireless network clone of legitimate networks, luring users to connect unknowingly. Once connected, the attacker can monitor, intercept and manipulate data traffic. This tool is particularly effective in public spaces where WiFi networks are numerous and often unsafe. The versatility of Pineapple WiFi makes it a popular choice among ethical hackers for penetration testing and security assessments of wireless networks.

Encryption and Decryption Devices: Proxmark3

The "Proxmark3" is a fundamental tool for those who want to analyze, clone and interrogate RFID and NFC cards. Used primarily for security testing, it allows you to examine communications between RFID/NFC devices and readers. The Proxmark3 supports a wide range of frequencies and protocols, making it versatile and adaptable to different needs. During an attack, a hacker could use it to quickly clone an access card or intercept communications between a card and the reader, collecting valuable data. This device is also often used for academic research and to develop more robust security systems against RFID/NFC vulnerabilities.

Computer Security Devices: Bash Bunny

The “Bash Bunny” is an advanced tool for performing payload attacks in seconds through a USB port. Similar to the Rubber Ducky, the Bash Bunny is, however, equipped with greater memory and scripting capabilities. Programming an attack with the Bash Bunny is simple thanks to its library of predefined scripts and the ability to create custom scripts. This device can emulate keyboards, network cards, and more, making it a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled hacker. Used predominantly for security assessments and penetration testing, the Bash Bunny allows you to quickly execute a variety of attack scenarios on different operating systems, increasing the effectiveness of cybersecurity assessments.

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05/21/2024 09:21

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