Android is well known for its flexible platform especially when it comes to mods and customization. By pushing things a bit further you could end up with a modern and small hacking tool just as Pwnie Express did to the Nexus 5, which it dubs as the Pwn Phone..
For 1295$, the retail price of Pwn Phone, you get the Nexus hardware together with a completely modified version of Android. It has the kernel recompiled and also runs on its own derivative of Kali Linux on the back-end of the main OS.
The custom firmware makes possible that the Pwn Phone can use additional Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet adapters, by acting as a USB host. The added adapters offer better range and performance than those integrated already into the phone.
The Pwn Phone it’s designed for white hat hackers that need to test the security of their Wi-Fi and Ethernet networks. To make this task as easy as it can be, the device comes with 103 tools for network monitoring and attack already installed.
26 of those tools can be executed with one single tap, because they are optimized for touchscreens. Some of the other tools are more complex, needing a terminal interface to work properly. Web-based administration tools makes easy to do many of the Pwn Phone’s functions from other devices, such as PC’s or laptops.
If you need a bigger screen, the company also sells a Pwn Pad which is based on the Nexus 7 tablet and sells for $1095. Although Pwn Phone targets a narrow niche of individuals, we can understand the power of Android OS and the possibilities that it can offer us in the future.
If you are interested in the things the Pwn Phone can do but already have a Nexus 5, there are reports that in the future there will be a version of its custom OS available for download. We don’t have a timeframe for this or how much it will cost, but we’ll keep you posted.