Build a Hack Bag

Posted February 22nd, 2007 by

With regards to Ian whose idea this is….

If you do a sizeable amount of security/penetration testing, build a “hack bag”.  It’s suspiciously similar to what you would take to a LAN party.  Leave it on your shelf and when you need to go on a top-secret mission, take it along.

Mandatory contents of a hack bag:

  • Extension cable and power strip
  • SoHo switch/hub (hub is better) and power supply
  • Various cat-5 cables (at least one 20-footer or longer)
  • Crossover adapter
  • Live linux pen-testing CDs (backtrack, knoppix-std, etc)
  • USB drive
  • Spare notebook and pens
  • Multi-pliers

Optional contents:

  • Headphones
  • MP3 (*cough* ogg) player
  • Music CDs
  • Blank CDs
  • Extra laptop and/or phone power supply
  • Digital camera
  • Headache pills
  • Drinks
  • Spare USB cables and/or hub
  • Locksmith tools
  • Network tap
  • Toolkit
  • Ethernet tap
  • Serial console cable
  • Other tools disks

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