Hak5 1006 – Hacking the HID: From Zero to Pwned in 10 seconds

After years of development the Hak5 team debuts the most lethal Human Interface Device to grace an unsuspecting USB port. Introducing the USB Rubber Ducky. In this episode of Hak5, Darren and team demonstrate the power of this cross-platform local attack framework with a few payloads aimed at fully patched Windows 7 boxes. Shannon continues her quest for the perfect Linux desktop with a switch from Ubuntu’s Unity to Gnome, and we answer your questions regarding PC recycling, x86 routers and free / open source PC migration software. All that and more this time on Hak5.

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Introducing the USB Rubber Ducky HID Attack Platform

Introducing the USB Rubber Ducky HID Attack Platform

Following up with the USB Switchblade and Hacksaw tools that were so effective against local Windows targets, the Hak5 community with the help of Applied Security has developed a new kind of attack — this time cross platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) — which achieves deadly results by posing as an ordinary keyboard.

In this illustrated demonstration Darren shows off the capabilities of the tool we’ve dubbed the USB Rubber Ducky. By violating the inherent trust the computer has in the user we’re able to change system settings, open back doors, steal information, create reverse shells and basically anything else that can be automated locally in a matter of seconds.

Replace Ubuntu’s Unity user interface with Gnome or KDE

For someone who is new or a beginner in the environment of Ubuntu, it was be pretty daunting. But for someone who is an advanced user, you probably found the switch to Unity in new versions of Ubuntu to be a bit pointless and trivial. I for one, being new to the Ubuntu world, find Unity to be.. okay, but

I really wanted to check out Gnome and KDE as well so I can really tell which one I like most.

Unity can be pretty nice if you are a brand new user. You get a group of icons on the side where most of your programs and access points for the OS are found. It’s easy to find everything, but a couple of times I did have to hover over the icon to figure out what it stood for. Gnome is a cleaner environment, with links to programs and applications in the upper left hand corner instead.
To switch from Unity to Gnome or back, go to the power button, click system settings, and scroll down to Login Screen. From here, unlock the settings by typing in your login password, then under session, choose Ubuntu Classic for Gnome or Ubuntu for Unity. Restart your computer and you’re all set.

I did want to add the Docky interface to my Gnome desktop environment, so to do so, click on Applications, go to Ubuntu Software Settings, and under ‘Get Software’ type in Docky. Highlight Docky and click Install. Once it’s installed, restart your computer then right click on the dock to access the settings.

How easy is that? You aren’t stuck with Unity if you don’t want it, and you can always switch back if you get tired of Gnome.

Recycling spare hardware, x86 routers and living in the cloud

Darren and Shannon answer your viewer questions including the following,

David asks: I know there are some pretty bad routers out there but if you’re just going to be streaming and browsing mostly, is an x86 router really worth the money? If so, what would be some of the benefits?

Steve says: Hi Chaps, Enjoy watching the show when I get the opportunity. Although shamefully have not seen all your shows I was wondering with all the cool gadgets and builds you have produced and shown us, if you have considered your “green” credentials? Re-using an old kit is great and of course very “green”, so any ideas on how we can build bespoke systems using fairly low power consumption or reduce fan noise, heat exhaust?

Dennis asks: Know anything that is free or open source that will migrate all programs and files from one pc to another? Something similar to http://www.laplink.com/pcmover

If you’re into Hak5 you’ll love our new show by hosts Darren Kitchen and Shannon Morse. Check out HakTip!

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, HakTip is essential viewing for current and aspiring hackers, computer enthusiasts, and IT professionals. With a how-to approach to all things Information Technology, HakTip breaks down the core concepts, tools, and techniques of Linux, Wireless Networks, Systems Administration, and more

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