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ACE Hackware is the brainchild of long-time penetration tester and hacking countermeasures instructor Taylor Banks, with the help and support of a close-knit group of hackers and friends who've spent the better parts of their careers performing security assessments, penetration tests, physical security audits and social engineering gigs.
After over a decade performing penetration testing and teaching ethical hacking, Taylor decided to launch the store he wished existed when he first began his security testing career. While Banks and his team used to have to "velcro Fujitsu Lifebooks and Sony Picturebooks to the underside of server racks," Taylor points out that modern pentest drop boxes like the Pwn Plug and MiniPwner possess at least as much power in significantly smaller and much less conspicuous form-factors. "A lot has changed in ten years," notes Taylor. "I can hardly imagine the thrill to be a pentester just starting his or her career with the toys available to hackers today!"
Real penetration testing and effective social engineering require a diverse, esoteric and well honed skill-set. Still, with a hidden camera, a set of lock picks, and a pentest drop box (or better yet, a Hacklebox™), even a noob can get root in all but the tightest of environments.