Shodan Gets a Mobile App

In virtually useless news Shodan now has a mobile app. Shodan, one may recall, is an incredibly useful semi-public database of information on Internet connected computers. A few years ago, the existence of Shodan struck fear into security professionals everywhere. Today, it’s nefarious use is certainly recognized but it is far less feared. All that aside the introduction of Shodan onto mobile platforms is nifty and fun to play with but at the end of the day it is more a toy than it is a useful utility for security professionals. Granted, the customer cases are plentiful–who hasn’t needed to find a server running Apache 1.3.3 while reading the news on their iPad in a hotel without an Internet connect? (Hopefully the sarcasm comes across clear in writing) The real story is how the persistence of Erran Carey (of Rapid7) got the app through Apple’s review process.

Hopefully that persistence and the existence of a security tool that is not a mobile management platform or a glorified RSS reader will be the first step towards a plethora of mobile security tools on the iOS platform. For now, we’ll just have to stick with the good old fashioned PWN Phone from Pwnie Express. The Nokia N900 is a lot less sexy but with some Pwnie Express software it’s a lot more useful. At any rate congratulations to Erran and have some fun with the Shodan application available now in the Apple App Store.

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