Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Jayson E. Street dressed like a technician, walked into a bank, said he was there to measure “power fluctuations on the power circuit,” and needed to plug a small white device that looked like a power adapter onto the wall. "The power fluctuation story was total bullshit, of course," writes Robert McMillan in Wired. "Street had been hired by the bank to test out security at 10 of its West Coast branch offices." The bank, which Street isn’t allowed to name, called the test off after he’d broken into the first four branches. “After the fourth one they said, ‘Stop now please. We give up," says Street. "“At one branch, the bank manager got out of the way so I could put it behind her desk." Built by a startup company called Pwnie Express, the Pwn Plug is pretty much the last thing you ever want to find on your network — unless you’ve hired somebody to put it there. Inspired by the SheevaPlug, a miniature low-power Linux computer that looks just like a power adapter, the Pwn Plug is a tiny computer that comes preloaded with an arsenal of hacking tools. It can be quickly plugged into any computer network and then used to access it remotely from afar. The basic model costs $480, but if you’re willing to pay an extra $250 for the Elite version, you can connect it over the mobile wireless network. “The whole point is plug and pwn,” says Dave Porcello, Pwnie Express’s CEO. “Walk into a facility, plug it in, wait for the text message. Before you even get to the parking lot you should know it’s working.”"
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