Many good open-source software tools are freely available for penetration testers (and hackers) for testing the security of Wi-Fi networks and their users. Getting those tools to run on a given computer isn’t always easy, and walking around with a notebook running Wi-Fi penetration tools isn’t exactly the right approach if you’re trying to be discreet.
That’s where a device displayed at the DEF CON hacker conference last weekend comes into play and changes the game. The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a small-form-factor Linux device that can discreetly fit in a security researcher’s bag, enabling the researcher to unobtrusively conduct a penetration-testing exercise. At a presentation in the Wireless Hacking Village at DEF CON, for example, a researcher cut out the middle of a large textbook and hid the Pineapple inside.