Build Your Own MiniPwner village at DerbyCon 2012

DerbyCon was Awesome, thanks for everyone who stopped by the MiniPwner village.

To set your Pwner up with the same image that we used at DerbyCon, do this:

You can download the DerbyCon flash image from:

Once you flash your router with that image, there will be a file /usr/share/
You need to edit that file in the following manner:
1. Replace “” on lines 6,8,12, and 13 with “”
2. Find the line wireless_ssid=PWNSETUP and change the SSID to your home network’s SSID.

After you’ve made those changes you can run the setup script. 

What you get: You will get all the components needed to build your own MiniPwner pen testing dropbox :

  • TPLink TL-WR703N Router
  • SANDisk Cruzer Fit 4GB
  • Sharper Image portable power pack
  • Power adapter, usb cable, Ethernet cable, Velcro

You will need to bring a laptop that has a wired Ethernet port and a USB port.

The MiniPwner village will be open 1-4pm and 5-8pm on Saturday. We will provide instructions to walk you step by step through building your MiniPwner with the components provided. The high-level steps include formatting your USB drive, flashing your router with OpenWRT, installing the MiniPwner configuration, and installing applications. We will be there to help you along the way and ensure you leave the village with a working MiniPwner.


Attendees are encouraged to pre-register through the “PreRegister for the MiniPwner Workshop” link below. This will guarantee that I will bring a kit for you. I will bring a number of additional kits that people can buy at the conference but the only way to guarantee you’ll get one is to pre-register here.

PREREGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  I have about 70 kits still available for the workshop for cash starting at 1pm on Saturday.

If we are out of stock you can still stop in and try one out, and then order a completed kit by mail from or build your own using the instructions to the left.

Facilitator Information:

On Saturday the MiniPwner village will be facilitated by Kevin Bong, who is originator of the MiniPwner project. Kevin is an Information Assurance Consultant for SynerComm, where he performs audits, assessments and penetration tests. Kevin has a BS in Physics and Computer Science from Carroll University, an MS in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Institute, and has earned multiple certifications including PMP and GIAC GSE. Kevin is also an amateur astronomer, beekeeper, an author and instructor, and a pretty neat dad.

On Sunday the MiniPwner village will be facilitated by Taylor Banks from Ace Hackware and his crew. Taylor is a 20 year veteran of the IT industry with the past 15 years focused on computer, network and information security. Taylor is a CISSP and has provided training and consultation across the globe on Firewalls, Penetration Testing, Intrusion Detection and Incident Response, Enterprise Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Taylor has consulted for the United Nations and NOAA and trained the US Air Force, Navy, Marines, FBI and NSA. He was featured on in 2006 for his work on Anonym.OS and speaks regularly at national security conferences.

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