Ultimate portable covert Hacking device – Part 1

Hi everyone! Like I promised last week I’ve been hard at work sorting out my ultimate portable covert hacking device install. I’m going to jailbreak my old iPod touch (Replaced by my iPhone 3G) and turn it into a portable innocent looking mobile hacking outpost I can carry with me anywhere. I mean who’s going to suspect the guy carrying nothing more than an iPod.

Recently I was at a talk in one of the local casinos and I was denied entry to the casino floor with my notebook but was allowed to carry my iPod in without even a second look. And keep in mind you can do this with any iPod touch or iPhone. The first step is to “Hack” your device the steps and software are going to be slightly different depending on your OS (Windows and OS X) and what version of the Apple firmware you have installed.  For the most part you’re going to use either QuickPWN or PWNage tool.

Warning Hacking your iPod or iPhone has the potential to damage or otherwise brick the device if you’re uncomfortable with this possibility just don’t hack it. But if you think the benefiets outweigh the risks read on.

I’m not going to go into the specifics of hacking your iPod/iPhone in this article but using either of these tools is fairly simple, just follow their instructions word for word and you should be OK. A couple gotchas I did run into were that the tools seem to fail sometimes if you have your iPod/iPhone plugged in via a USB hub so make sure the device is plugged into a USB port on your Computer.

Once your iPod/iPhone has been hacked and start back up you should have one or two more icons on the screen titled “Installer” and/or “Cydia” like in the picture below

iPod after being Hacked
iPod after being Hacked

Connect to your network using the WiFi connection on the iPod/iPhone then We want to go into Cydia and install the following package


This will allow you to SSH into the iPod/iPhone from your computer. Find the IP address of your iPod/iPhone by going to “Settings” then “Wi-Fi” and then tapping the “>” for the network your connected to. You’ll see your current IP address on this screen, remember it or copy it down somewhere.

You need to SSH to your iPod/iPhone now using that IP address. If you’re doing this from OS X open up a terminal window and type

ssh root@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

(Replace the xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx witht he IP address you copied earlier) you’ll be prompted for a password the default password is “alpine” make sure to change this once you’ve logged in by using the “passwd” command.

If you’re using windows you’ll need to download an ssh client like Putty and use it to make an SSH connection to the iPod just remember use the username “root” and the password “alpine” and again make sure to change the root password once you’ve logged in by using the “passwd” command.

The reason we’ve SSH’d into the iPod/iPhone is that it’s drive is partitioned into 2 partitions the / (root) partition and the /private/var/ partition by default your apps get installed to the / partition which is very small by default so we’re going to move the Apps to the /private/var partition. To do this type the following commands.

mv /Applications /private/var/
ln -s /private/var/Applications /Applications

This moves the Applications folder to the larger partition and then creates a symlink (similar to a shortcut in Windows) back to the original location where the installers will put the Applications.

That’s the tough part you can end your ssh session by typing “exit” and hitting return. Now pick up your iPod/iPhone and start the Cydia app.

Now just install the following Apps.

  1. Core Utilities
  2. Sudo
  3. top
  4. Bind DNS
  5. netcat
  6. Ngrep
  7. Nmap
  8. Stunnel
  9. tcpdump
  10. wget
  11. whatip
  12. whois
  13. metasploit
  14. stealth MAC
  15. gTxtEdit
  16. Midnight Commander
  17. Mobile Terminal
  18. Screen
  19. Vi IMproved
  20. Insomnia
  21. MD5Digest
  22. Structured Grep
  23. Toggle SSH

Once you have these all installed you have the potential to do some damage. Over the next several articles I’m going to walk you through some of the Applications we’ve installed and what they can do for us.

As always if you have any questions, comments, feedback or suggestions please post them in the comment section below.

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