A Pwnagotchi in iPhone Form

Facelesstech designed an Pwnagotchi in iPhone form that can sit in a standard phone holder on a car’s dashboard.

Cameron Coward
12 days ago3D Printing / Security

Pwnagotchi is an AI tool for cracking Wi-Fi networks secured with WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access). The idea is for hardware running Pwnagotchi to constantly sniff the Wi-Fi networks in proximity and automatically capture crackable WPA keys. For that to work, the user must take their Pwnagotchi out into the world where it can find Wi-Fi networks. To make that a little bit easier, Facelesstech built an Pwnagotchi in iPhone form that can sit in a standard phone holder on a car’s dashboard.

We don’t condone black hat hacking around here and want to make it clear that this is just for gaining experience with Wi-Fi networking and security, reinforcement learning, and hardware. This is for fun, folks — don’t go getting any dangerous ideas about unethical behavior.

There isn’t any “official” Pwnagotchi hardware, but most are built with a Raspberry Pi Zero W (or Zero W 2) single-bard computer. That’s small, but users also need to add a battery, a display, and some sort of button or switch. The resulting enclosures tend to be fairly bulky and look very much like DIY devices cobbled together by hackers. Facelesstech’s iPwnagotchi13 is compact and fits in any holder designed for smartphones. The form factor is also covert and less likely to draw attention.

To make that happen, Facelesstech designed a 3D-printable enclosure/frame that is the same size and shape as an iPhone 13. That holds a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a 2.13” Waveshare E Ink screen (V3 or V4), a 604050 LiPo battery, a generic powerbank charger board from AliExpress, and a small switch. On the software side, this runs version 2.5.7 of the Pwnagotchi operating system image. The battery is small, but Facelesstech reports that it is good for a few hours of use.

The best part is that the iPwnagotchi13 fits in a regular iPhone case. Sticking it in a case goes a long way in making the device look like a boring old smartphone. Facelesstech even modeled a fake pair of camera lenses on the 3D-printed frame, which stick through the case and further sell the ruse.

If you’re interested in building yourself a Pwnagotchi, this is definitely the best version we’ve seen.

Cameron Coward
Writer for Hackster News. Proud husband and dog dad. Maker and serial hobbyist.
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