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We Don't Need no Stinkin' Status!

Posted by Ace Hackman on November 20, 2012 (2 Comments)
After spending a few years with various levels of status, I had grown accustom to perks. After all, I deserved it, going through all the unavoidable stress of travel for hundreds of thousands of miles. In fact, it has become a game with many business travelers, to the point where many have lost sight of what status really gets you. While there are many advantages to having status, a few can be gained through a little "creativity".


MiniPwner FTW

Posted by Ace Hackman on July 23, 2012 (3 Comments)

One of the many challenges in this job is figuring out how to carry enough equipment without having to carry a backpack, messenger bag or briefcase. Sometimes you can get enough intel to only take what you need, so I was thrilled when I added the minpwner to my hacklebox. Even with the battery attached, it's thin enough to put in my pocket and not look out of place. That leaves plenty of room for my pwndrive, cell phone and other devices in other pockets, stuffed in my socks, etc.


The Bump Key Guide

Posted by Taylor Banks on June 20, 2012 (24 Comments)

Many visitors to ACE Hackware inquire about how to make a bump key. If you don't want to spend the money on a pre-made bump key set, making a bump key requires just a bit of knowledge, a few tools, some spare time and this simple bump key guide!


Teensy USB Review

Posted by Ace Hackman on June 23, 2012 (1 Comment)
A Teensy is like a "mini me" for a hacker.  Just about anything you can type at the keyboard, the Teensy can do, only faster and without typos.  Since it's recognized as a USB keyboard by the operating system, you don't have to worry about the computer being configured with Autorun disabled.  Once the drivers are loaded, the computer accepts any keystrokes that are programmed from the Teensy.


Pick Like a Pro With a Little Practice

Posted by Taylor Banks on June 21, 2012 (0 Comments)

With just a little bit of lock pick practice, you could be picking some of the toughest locks in no time at all! When conducting a penetration test with permission to subvert physical security constraints, lock picking may be the key to gaining access to areas otherwise outside of your purview. Lock picking is also a great and highly rewarding hobby, and conferences all over the world are helping to highlight the growing popularity of locksport.


How does a bump key work?

Posted by Ace Hackman on May 20, 2012 (2 Comments)

What is a bump key, and how does a bump key work? Bump keys are special keys cut to take advantage of the mechanics of pin tumbler locks sometimes used by hackers, pentesters or social engineers to gain entry when lock picks are either unavailable or impractical. While it's not hard to learn how to use bump keys, understanding their method of operation will definitely increase your chances of success with lock bumping.


How a credit card lock pick saved my ass!

Posted by Guest Author on June 13, 2012 (0 Comments)

Although I had no need or interest in picking locks for places I couldn't get in to, I figured carrying around a credit card lock pick set would be a bit of a fun challenge. I even used it to pick the door to my own office, desk and apartment just for fun. I had no idea that I'd eventually be doing it for real...


I get paid to tell lies.

Posted by Ace Hackman on May 18, 2012 (3 Comments)
Hi. I’m ACE. These are my stories. After a couple unrelated careers, I’ve become a penetration tester. But more than a pentester, I’ve become a professional social engineer. A ‘liar for hire,’ as my family and friends joke. Yeah, I get paid to write, tell and act out lies.