Cyber security people are really lucky, there are some awesome Christmas gifts out there!
From lock picking kits to ID badge interceptors; retro stickers to swag. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, I thought I'd give you a list of gift ideas for the hacker in your life!
Here we go!
Lock Picking Training Kit
I've been a lock picker for years. I still have the very first kit that I bought. These little training kits are awesome to start with. This one has 13 lock picks, 5 tension wrenches, 4 transparent practice locks, keys, a carrying case, and an instruction manual. Get it on Amazon.
You've seen the laptop covered in stickers, right? It's practically a right of passage for any hacker. Well, RedBubble has you covered! Get them on RedBubble.
Tracers in the Dark by Andy Greenberg
Andy Greenberg is a senior writer for Wired magazine and wrote the amazing book, Sandworm, about Russia's hacking efforts in Ukraine before the war truly started. His latest book, Tracers in the Dark, is about the investigators hunting criminals through cryptocurrency blockchains.
Mr Robot on Blu Ray
Mr Robot is without challenge, the greatest piece of hacking TV to date. It stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hackerwith social anxiety disorder, clinical depression and dissociative identity disorder. Elliot is recruited by an anarchist known as "Mr. Robot", played by Christian Slater, to join a group of hacktivists called "fsociety". The group aims to destroy all debt records by encrypting the financial data of E Corp, the largest conglomerate in the world. Get it on Amazon.
Hackers (1995) on Blu Ray
If you haven't seen Hackers, you're missing out. Rich in hacker culture with a banging soundtrack, it's a great film. Starring Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller. Get it on Amazon.
Blackhat (2015) on Blu Ray
The guy who plays Thor, plays a hacker in this masterpiece from Michael Mann (the guy who directed HEAT with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino). The film is filled with insights from the world of cyber crime. Get it on Amazon.
Want to intercept Bluetooth traffic and mess around with it? Maybe you want to remotely control someone's keyboard and mouse or that Bluetooth-enabled safe with the gold and diamonds in it? The possibilities are endless. Get it on Amazon.
Hack the Box Gift Card
Hack the Box is an absolutely amazing place to learn to hack. I wouldn't be where I am today without it. A gift card for their VIP account would make any hacker's Christmas mind blowing! Get it on Hack The Box.
I used to use 2 monitors when I was learning to hack. But they don't split screen very nicely, so you end up using them to show a single window on each monitor. However, with one ultra wide monitor, you get the benefit of having two square windows. Perfect for hacking and being productive in general. Also great for movies with the 21:9 aspect ratio. Get it on Amazon.
Cyber security pros read and tinker a lot. Coffee and tea is often the fuel for that activity! However, I’m the type of person that will make a nice filter coffee and then leave it on a windowsill somewhere to go cold. But that problem vanished with my Ember mug. It sounds ridiculous, but once you experience it, there’s no going back. It’s not just a ‘heated’ mug. It controls the temperature and sets it at whatever temperature you like! Get it on Amazon.
Flipper Zero is a magical little device that can interact with digital systems in real life. You can intercept and replay codes from access control systems, RFID, radio protocols, and debug hardware using GPIO pins. NFC, infrared, bluetooth and more. It's the ultimate hacker Swiss Army knife! Get it from their website.