Subliminal Hacking
The Art and Science of Social Engineering


June 1, 2010

Pack up your troubles.. in your social engineering kit bag

Just a simple post this week, but you know what they say the best things come in the simplest of packages. 🙂

Like any good boy scout, you should always be prepared. So lets have a quick look at what we should have in our pockets and social engineering kit bag. The aim of this list is to provide a growing resource that can provide a reference point to many (in no particular order). If you feel something is missing, please feel free to drop me a mail with the details of the item, and the reason behind it.


  • Your Brain – Its the most powerful tool you have. Planning and manoeuvrability.
  • Lock Picks – You never know when you need to get past a lock.
  • Pick Gun – When time is an issue.
  • Super Mica Cards – When you don’t have a starbucks reward card handy.
  • Cigarettes & Lighter- A smoker can be your best friend.
  • Business Cards – Fake and Legit cards, they can be a real convincer.
  • Metal coat hanger – Always handy to have some metal wire you can bend into handy shapes.
  • Camera – Always handy to record video and take some photo’s.
  • Pack of Cards – Everyone loves magic.
  • Get out of Jail Letter – Real and Fake, for when things get tight.
  • Mobile Phones – Its good to call, even better to drop and record.
  • Access Point – Always handy to make a network drop for easy external access.
  • Network Cables – Connecting the the network, and other creative things.
  • Chewing Gum – For when you have to wait a while, and for sticking stuff.
  • Gaffa Tape – Erm for sticking stuff.
  • Computer – Handy to have your laptop, netbook, tablet handy for hacking and looking stuff up.
  • String – You never know when you might need some string.
  • ID Cards – An ID card helps you look official.
  • Outfits – Its always a good idea to look the part and fit in.
  • Condoms – You might need something inflatable, and who knows what else 🙂
  • Mobile Jammer – Blocking phones, alarms, and anything else using mobile tech.
  • Tools – Screwdrivers, spanners, grips, pliers etc. Oh and security torx bits.
  • Dictaphone – Something for discreet recordings.
  • Rubber Gloves – You never know when you need to put your hands somewhere nasty.
  • Bags – For collecting and putting stuff in. Dumpster diving, etc.
  • RFID Cloner – Cloning access badges and alike.
  • USB Storage – Leave behinds, OS on a stick, Payloads, etc.
  • Live CDs – Never know when you need to use a client machine and no USB support.
  • Torch – Its dark sometimes.
  • Pocket Knife – Handy for cutting stuff.
  • Tripod – Mounting Cameras, antennas, lasers, etc.
  • Paper and Pen – Making notes, leaving messages, paper aeroplanes.
  • Sweets – Sweets are good if your bored, but also make a good bribe and rapport builder.
  • Watch – Always handy to keep track of time on an engagement.
  • Laser Pointer – Handy for point out something to a colleague, also for CCTV bypassing.
  • Money – Buying stuff, bribes, etc
  • Elastic Bands – Hold stuff together.
  • Velcro – Stick stuff together.
  • Earphones – Discreet listening.
  • Scope / Binoculars – Remote viewing.
  • Keylogger – USB and PS2 variety for logging those key strokes.
  • Jasager (Hak5 Pineapple) – For getting all those clients talking to you.

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    About the Author

    Dale Pearson
    has worked in IT since 1998, Infosec since 2004, and studied and performed hypnosis, mentalism etc since 2009. Dale is a full time Red Teamer with a love of social engineering and qualified hypnotherapist. He spends a great deal of time researching the various skills and techniques that make up the art and science of Social Engineering.


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