What Is This Post About?
Short Explanation: We list awesome ‘hacker tool projects’ and hardware that plays nice on Kali Linux.
In-Depth Explanation: Our “Top Ten Hacking Tools of 2017” post get’s a ton of traffic and whilst the tools that we list on that page are all indeed very useful and ‘can be considered’ as being the best Hacking Tools to use and learn, we can’t help but feel that there are a ton of other equally awesome projects and tools out there. Authors of tools such as Metasploit, John The Ripper, THC Hydra etc – they all deserve the praise and usage that their tools received but what about the small guy? Well, in this resource, which we update on a regular basis, we outline some projects that are hugely gathering popularity! In this resource we will also list a bunch of hardware that we find cool and useful to the hacking community.
We also manage a website which is strictly related to hacking equipment. The hardware that we list includes Linux Laptops, Raspberry Pi’s and other mobile computer devices which could be used by professional Ethical Hackers as well as Penetration Testers
Can All Laptops Work on Kali Linux?
In theory – sure, every laptop can be made to work with Linux as its’ main operating system. Getting the hardware to behave correctly can be somewhat of a challenge, especially seeking the correct drivers, but these days laptops are being shipped with Linux pre-installed, or – they can be easily made to work with Linux. The hardware (gadgets, laptops, mobiles and Raspberry Pi’s) that we list have all been proven to work with Kali Linux which is a Debian-based flavor of Linux. If Ubuntu is your preference then you’d be best to check out BackBox which is a derivative of Ubuntu and is very similiar to Kali.
What Is This!? Raspberry Pi’s and Kali Linux?
The awesome thing is that the folks behind Kali Linux (Offensive Security), whom incidentally also launched and managed BackTrack, built Kali to work with ARM devices. The end result of this is that a Kali Linux image will work absouletly perfectly on a Raspberry Pi.
The Raspberry Pi has an SD card slot that can be used for mass storage, but if you follow the instructions correctly you will be able to boot Kali Linux from your Pi when the board is powered on. The massive benefit here of course is that you can now have a portable ‘mini hacking-station’ which can be remotely accessed! Think of all the nefarious activity that you could do! MITM attacks, sniffing and so much more! It shoudl be noted that unlike the full working PC/ Laptop Kali Linux images, the ones that come designed for ARM Devices have been stripped off a lot of the hacking tools so you might have to install some of the more popular ones manually. Incidentally, please note that Raspberry Pi is not the only “ARM Enabled Hacking Station Device!” The opportunity to create your own Remote Pentesting Station can also be configured to work on Android, ODroid, Cubieboard2, CubieTruck, MiniX. BeagleBone, USBArmory, RioTboard, NanoPi’, CuBox, TrimSlice and also Banana Pi’s!
Kali Linux Android!
Yes, as awesome as that sounds, it is totally possible to burn an image of Kali Linux on your Android Mobile (or any ARM device for that matter, see above!). The folks at Offensive Security have written specific Kali Linux images for Android, notably the Nexus, so if you are interested go ahead and experiment!
Do Hacking Tools like nmap, Metasploit, John The Ripper, THC Hydra, OWASP Zed and Wireshark work with this hardware? The answer is: Yes!
All links to the hardware listed above all work with Linux and Debian derivatives.
These are some of the awesome projects we discovered on GitHub and fell in love with.