'Pen' Testing in the Palm of Your Hand

    Date16 Aug 2006
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    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    A portable hacking device equipped with hundreds of exploits and an automated exploitation system will go on sale in the United States in October. The wireless handheld, called Silica, is the latest product to be developed by Immunity, a Miami-based security company that sells penetration testing products and services.

    An early version of Silica, which supports 802.11 (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth wireless connections, has been fitted with more than 150 exploits from Immunity's Canvas product to allow security professionals to conduct pen tests while walking through office cubicles.

    Penetration testing, or pen test, is used to evaluate the security of a computer system or network by simulating an attack by malicious hackers.

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