Gifts for Hackers and Cyber Security Professionals

Q4 is already upon us, The Holidays and Black Friday for 2021 is getting closer, and thus we’ve curated a list of the best gifts for hackers and cyber security professionals.

Whether you’re buying a gift for a friend or have been dying to share this list with someone shopping for you, we’ve got you covered with our 2021 selection of hacker holiday gifts.

You can click on the price above to jump to specific price range, but we’ll start with the most affordable items. They’re great gifts for those on a budget and cheap enough that you can afford to put a little hacking cheer in everyone’s stocking this year.

1. Raspberry Pi Zero WH Complete kit (A Great Mini-Computer)

No one wants to break the bank on a computer to start hacking, but you don’t need to. For a mere $30.00, you can get started with a Raspberry Pi Zero WH complete kit, an ultra-tiny computer ready to run Kali Linux.

Thanks to its integrated wireless chip, the Pi Zero WH comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in. The new Raspberry Pi Zero WH offers all the benefits of the Pi Zero W, specially plus 40PIN pre-soldered GPIO headers. Perfect for people who doesn’t own a soldering iron or who wants the soldering legwork done for them.

This kit also comes with all the accessories you need to get started. Add it with the USB add-on board and you can make your own usb rubber ducky.

2. Wireless Network Adapter

The Alfa AWUS036NH or Dual Band RTL8812AU is perfect for anyone interested in starting down the wonderful road of Wi-Fi hacking. The dual band adapter supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz, but the most popular one ALFA only supports 2.4 technologies and it’s completely compatible with Kali Linux.

3. Hacker Swag

All geeks love their swag and hackers are no different. So if you’re the kind of person that’s inclined to buy socks or ties as a gift, consider buying some themed hacker and computer science T-shirts, hoodies or stickers.

Also, remember remember the 5th of November, an iconic date for hackers that features any accessories of the famous Anonymous guy fawkes mask.

4. WHID USB Rubber Ducky / Wifi Keylogger

Since its introduction in 2010, the USB Rubber Ducky has become nearly ubiquitous among hackers, penetration testers, and other IT professionals. It’s a small generic looking flash drive, but hiding under the shell is a powerful keystroke injection tool.

Unlike most keyloggers (keygrabbber and keyllama) and usb rubber duckies, the cactus whid allows payloads and keystrokes to be captured wirelessly and via an easy to use mobile application.

5. Wifi Deauther

A wifi deauther allows you to disconnect devices from a WiFi network. Even if you’re not connected to that network. Deauthers take advantage of a weakness in the 802.11 protocol which allows the sending of deauthentication frames by unauthorised devices.

Deauthers come with other features such as Beacon Spamming (spamming WiFi network names) and Probe Spamming. We have 2 flavors, one as a development board and another as a watch. Simplify wifi jamming or evil twin attacks!

6. Lockpick Set (Starter Kit)

Lockpicks and lockpicking are a part of hacker culture, and a quality pair of lockpicks will likely score you some serious points with the hackers in your life. For even more points, take it to the next level by providing them the whole kit and caboodle.

7. Arduino Kit

Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects. Arduino consists of both a physical programmable circuit board (often referred to as a microcontroller) and a piece of software, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that runs on your computer, used to write and upload computer code to the physical board.

The Arduino platform has become quite popular with people just starting out with electronics, and for good reason. Unlike most previous programmable circuit boards, the Arduino does not need a separate piece of hardware (called a programmer) in order to load new code onto the board — you can simply use a USB cable. Additionally, the Arduino IDE uses a simplified version of C++, making it easier to learn to program. Finally, Arduino provides a standard form factor that breaks out the functions of the micro-controller into a more accessible package.

Customize and build your own diy project with these arduino kits.

8. A Hardcopy Book on Hacking

It may seem convoluted and needlessly old school to give a hacker a book, but these books from No Starch Press/Packt continue to be a great way to learn. Topics include open source/Linux, security, hacking, programming, alternative operating systems, and science and math, which makes it easy to find something for your favorite know it all that doesn’t quite know everything yet.

Books by No Starch Press or Packt, in particular, are known for their personality and attitude which makes them a joy to read and worthy of display. From $35 to $50, they make great additions to any bookshelf — and everyone loves the gift of knowledge.

View our Hacking books collection for Cyber Security Professionals

9. Proxmark3 / RFID Cloning Tool

If your favorite hacker is into RFID or NFC, then this is the gift for them. The Proxmark3 is the go-to tool for sniffing reading and cloning RF tags. It performs functions like offline encryption, online sniffing, default key cracking, data dumping, and running simulations.

Also, it can be powered from a PC or batteries making it extremely versatile and portable. It’s compatible with both low- and high-frequency RFID tags such as those used in building access control systems and the US passport.

Alternatively, if the proxmark is a bit too expensive you can still grab a cheaper alternative, like the ACR122U, IDICW01 or Chameleon Mini Rev. Get yourself some blank cards and start cloning!

10. Software Defined Radio

The HackRF One is the most famous software-defined radio peripheral for anyone looking to really dive into hacking the RF world. With the ability to receive and transmit between 1 MHz to 6 GHz allow nearly any signals to be in reach of this legendary hacker device.

If you’re a beginner in the SDR world, we’ll suggest going for a cheaper alternative, the RTL-SDR. The RTL-SDR is a low-cost SDR with a heat sink that prevents signal drift when it gets hot, causing it to perform better for accuracy in our tests.

11. Yard Stick One

The YARD Stick One may be called “yet another radio dongle,” but it’s far more exciting than that to anyone looking to get into hacking rolling car door codes, garage door codes, and any other signals under 1 GHz. The YARD Stick is a great way to get into scanning and interacting with the signals that control devices in the Radio Frequency spectrum.

12. Spy Gadgets

Spying is not new to anyone now, and spies exist everywhere in every single corner of the world. And lets be honest, you have probably watched a spy movie and thought the gadgets they use are pretty awesome right?

Well, if you need to spy someone, maybe for work, your home or just as extra protection, whatever the reason. The below awesome spy gadget gifts will be adored by any hacker or infosec professional.

13. The Latest Raspberry Pi 4

Released at the end of June this year. The latest addition boasts an incredible 1.5 GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, gigabit ethernet, and a boatload of other features packed into a seriously small form factor. At the minimum, you’ll be able to use this device as a desktop computer and play many of the games on the market today.

If you’re more of the industrious type, you can use the Raspberry Pi 4 to make a bunch of cool projects like a hardware firewall, a seriously strong adblocker, perform your hacking assessments or the brain for all sorts of cool robots.

14. Wifi Pineapple

If you know a Wi-Fi hacker or want to become one, they’ve probably dreamed of owning a WiFi Pineapple. If they already have one, they probably dream of stacking more to create a Wi-Fi Cactus. The wifi pineapple is a dual-band hacking tool with a web-interface that makes the penetration testing and auditing workflow a breeze. The Wi-Fi Pineapple is definitely the go-to pick for serious penetration testers or beginners learning about Wi-Fi hacking.

15. Evil Crow - BadUSB Cable

Evil Crow BadUSB Cable is an information security and penetration testing tool that looks and functions just like a regular USB cable (both power and data) until a wireless remote control triggers it to deliver your choice of attack payload to the host machine. In essence, Evil Crow is the next step in the evolution of BadUSB, embedding the attack in the USB cable itself.

Emulating keyboard and mouse actions, payloads can be completely customized and can be highly targeted. Undetectable by firewalls, AV software (**depending on payload of course**) or visual inspection, the Evil Crow Cable is an ideal tool for penetration testers, police and government.

16. RF Detector

While most of the products we listed focuses on offensive security. The RF detector makes it a “must have” gift for hackers and frequent travelers. This tool will detect and scan any area to find eavesdropping devices such as hidden cameras, GPS and RF transmitting devices.

The next time you visit an AirBnb or hotel room. Clear the room first and prioritize your privacy with the K18 RF detector.

Gifts for Hackers - Conclusion

These ideas should get you started on picking a jaw-dropping gift for that special hacker this season, but if we missed any essentials, please leave them in the comments below so everyone else can benefit from your ideas.

Lastly, good luck buying a gift for the hacker/infosec enthusiast in your life and don’t forget to check out the best gadgets of 2019 every hacker needs.

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