Cyber Security Laboratory


The Cyber Security Laboratory enables security assessment and penetration testing of wireline and wireless networks. Workstations in the lab run the BackTrack Linux distribution which regroups hundreds of utilities for information gathering, network mapping, password cracking, privilege escalation, and digital forensics, including Wireshark, a versatile packet sniffer, and ettercap, a suite for man-in-the-middle attacks. BackTrack Linux also includes several utilities targeting wireless networks, e.g., Kismet, an IEEE 802.11 layer 2 wireless network detector, sniffer and intrusion detection system.

Lab Info

Location: Photonics Building, Room 309
Faculty: Starobinski
Managing Staff: Fortin, Goebel
Support: or 617-353-1244


EK 131/132 (Hacking, Wireless Networking), EC441 (Introduction to Computer Networking)


  • 10 Dell GX620 desktops
    • BU Linux
    • Windows XP VM
    • BackTrack 5R2 VM
  • Independent Ethernet and 802.11g wireless networks act as sandboxes
    • Cisco 3950 level 2 switch
    • Linksys wireless Router
    • TP-Link 802.11g USB wifi adapters