Old game machine turned into Linux hacker tool

Monday, 5 August 2002, 10:21 AM EST

Sega's defunct Dreamcast gaming console, which has long since stopped rolling off the manufacturing lines, has gained a surprising new lease on life.

Two security researchers on Friday showed attendees at the Defcon hacking conference here how to reuse the small off-white boxes as stealthy network monitoring devices.

"When you only have a few minutes, you need to be able to drop something off that will let you access the network later," Aaron Higbee, a consultant with Foundstone and one of the two programmers who worked on the project, said of the Dreamcast consoles.

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