That a Phone in Your Pocket or Are You Scanning My Network?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Malgorzata Skora 


Article by Ken Westin

Mobile Penetration Testing: Is That A Phone In Your Pocket Or Are You Scanning My Network?

When most people think of penetration testing, they think of a simulated external attack where the tester tries to break into a network from a remotely.

Companies focus most of the security spending and policies on keeping hackers from the outside in, from firewalls and other security hardening appliances, software and tools.

However, given the proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace and use of Wi-Fi networks inside of an office, attacking from inside the network provides unique opportunities.

Smartphones have become much more powerful over the past few years, with powerful processors and a plethora of hardware at your fingertips. Combine this power into a compact unit with the right apps you can scan a network from the inside in seconds along with several other new types of attacks and information gathering.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Mobile devices have accelerated productivity as they move to replace many of the other devices we used to carry in a small package. Most phones have Wi-Fi capability, cameras, mass storage capability and a persistent internet connection via 3G and 4G and allow a wide number of applications and if rooted provide many of the same tools as a computer, but with more hardware and network capabilities. Continue reading

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The proliferation of online media has made is really easy to track down new and interesting things to watch that aren’t always in your native language. makes it easy to find subtitles. is a simple subtitle search engine. Plug in the name of the movie or television show—make sure to include the season and episode number!—and the language you’d like to read the subtitles in and will return the subtitles in SRT or SUB format.

For most media players all you need to do is place the subtitle file in the same folder as the actual movie file—i.e.



—and the player will use the file without any interaction from you. A quick Google query of “yourmediaplayer subtitles” should clear up any issues you run into.

While you’re at you can watch trailers for movies you’re downloading subtitles for—when available—and share your subtitle finds on a variety of social networks, for those times you absolutely have to let the world know that there’s a set of subtitles for Super Naruto Ninja Monkey Slayers 9 available in Farsi.

If you want to hard code the subtitles into your movie files, check out this tutorial on the topic. Have a tip for finding or using subtitles? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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