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Katana v1.5 Release!
     Feb. 17, 2010

Katana v1.5 (codename Z@toichi) has been released! After several months of work and some reconsideration's of the pre-packaged tools, the new release is here. This release has a couple of major changes to the disto list and the introduction of the Katana Tool Kit. The new version should be much more friendly for all the Windows users out there... more here.

Katana Tool Kit

ShmooCon VI
     Feb. 8, 2010

Shmoocon VI was awesome!!! (as always) It's the only Con with the balls to keep running with 20+ inches of snowfall. The roads and metro were closed but the Con was still on!


     To be fair, I might have a slanted view of Shmoocon since I won "Best built onsite" Shmooball launcher. OK, to be honest I was the only entry in that category, BUT the launcher was still pretty B.A (video coming soon). Though not nearly as threatening as the PaulDotCom guys and their mechanized Shmooball cannon of mass destruction.


     Shmoocon also saw the public unveiling of the VERA-NG. This is something I have been working on for a little while now for pure self amusement. This article will give more information, but the VERA-NG is basically a dual Bluetooth and WiFi snipper Nerf riffle with a GPS and laptop mounted to the stock. It turned out to be quite a favorite at the Con.


     The Katana v1.5 Pre Release went great. Thanks to all of you who made donations to Hackers For Charity. The pre-release should hopefully be on the Informer soon, with the official release soon to follow. I go into more detail on the updates when I post the full release.



Katana v1.5 Pre Release @ Shmoocon VI!
     Feb. 4, 2010

There will be a Pre-Release of the new version of Katana though the Informer at the Hackers For Charity booth at Shmoocon. The new version has a ton of updates including; the introduction of the Katana Tool Kit (a GUI interface for all the Windows security tools) and an update of the distro list to include the Trinity Rescue Kit, Puppy Linux, Derik's Boot and Nuke and more! If your at Shmoocon drop by the booth and pick up your copy.


     Nov. 15, 2009 - I have finally gotten around to putting up the HFAC Forum. I have started a couple of threads for Katana and hope for more soon.
     I also wanted to thank Johnny Long and Hacker For Charity for helping us find some mirrors for Katana. I have added a link to Hacker For Charity on the homepage in hopes people will check out what they are doing and find out how to help.


     Oct. 31, 2009 - Happy Halloween everyone! I am excited to anounce the first full version of Katana is out. Katana v1 (codename Kyuz-0) comes fully loaded with Backtrack 4 pre, the Ultimate Boot CD, Organizational Systems Wireless Auditor (OSWA) Assistant, Got Root? Slax, Ophcrack Live, Damn Small Linux, Damn Vulnerable Linux and an option to add the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows. Katana also comes preconfigured with over 100 portable Windows applications such as Wireshark, HiJackThis, Unstoppable Copier, and OllyDBG.

Katana v1.0


     Oct. 7, 2009 - Bugfix for pwntooth. The makefile for the tools was updated and should work fine now. I am also in the process of finishing Katana v1. I hope to have it out within the next few weeks.


     Aug 17, 2009 - On my way to and from DefCon 17 I started work on a new tool and an update. I fixed some major bugs with pwntooth with how I handled iterations and where the config file was loaded from. I posted the updated code. I also started work on a Bluetooth device cloner. Its in beta right now, but should be up soon.
     I have been spending the last couple weeks working on the first full release of Katana. Right now I am looking into portable Windows applications to add. I hope to have it out in October.


     July 08, 2009 - I made updates to vCardBlaster and Blueper. Mainly just fixing some bugs. I also released a NEW tool; pwntooth. pwntooth is designed to automate Bluetooth Pen-Testing. It scans for devices, then runs the tools specified in the pwntooth.conf; included blueper, bluesnarfer, Bluetooth Stack Smasher (BSS), carwhisperer, psm_scan, rfcomm_scan, and vcardblaster.


     May 22, 2009 - Katana 1.0 Beta has been released! Thanks to the Virginia Tech folks for allowing me to use their mirror site. I have bundled the package in a RAR file, so users can use something like WinRAR(Windows), PeaZip(Windows/OSX/Linux) or unrar(Linux). See the Katana project page for more information and installation instructions.

     May 20, 2009 - Blueper 0.2 and vCardBlaster 0.2 have been released! They are being hosted from SourceForg.NET. You can get them from the Downloads page.


     I have finished the Beta for Katana v1. I am working on hosting it right now. It has come out to just over 6GB, so it fits nicely on an 8GB flash drive. You should easily be able to get a USB flash drive of this size for less the 20 bucks online. I would love to get feedback on these new project. My contact information is on the About page.

     May 18, 2009 - Hack From A Cave.com is up and running! It's hitting the ground running with several projects already available. The current major project consuming most of my time is Katana. It should be available soon. This tool includes many distributions under one roof, so to speek. Including: Backtrack, The Ultimate Boot CD, Ophcrack, Slax 6, Damn Small Linux and more...
     Some of the other tools coming soon are Blueper and vCardBlaster. Each of these tools is preforms a Bluetooth based DoS. They exploit file transfer and vCard messaging respectively.