Analysing and Mapping Wireless Networks

Analysing and Mapping Wireless Networks

Wireless technologies are getting into our daily lives more and more each day. For one it’s a craze of convenience or the decision of the different technological problems, and for others – fighting the jumping-off place where real cyberfights are unwrapped.
Andrej Komarov (ITdefence Ltd/Russia)
Source: Hakin9 3/2007

What you will learn…

  • Wi -fi positioning,
  • how to make a wardriver’s map,
  • common attacks in the wireless infrastructure.

What you should know…

  • Some knowledge on wireless technology,
  • basic knowledge on network analyzing.

Hacking in the wireless sphere is more independent, original and wide, then, for example, web-hacking. You will understand why after reading this article. Imagine! We will go to the Kremlin, Red Square (Russia) and take a warchalking tour under the President’s towers. Everything, that is required for the beginning of the practical side is: notebook with Wifi card, some software for penetration tests, GPS module for navigation and, of course, a comfortable backpack. After perusal of this article you will learn to make maps of the AP’s, to analyze the security level of wireless Networks and even to make jokes.

My equipment

GPS-receiver GlobalSat BU-303 USB on SiRF StarIIe/LP chipset, providing high quality and speed of coordinates definition. As it possesses almost minimal cold start – 45 seconds. The problem is that at startup, the device does not know, where it is on the planet. In order to orient itself it starts to scan a range of frequencies, to analyze signals and calculate your coordinates. The notebook is an Alienware NP9860 – the ideal tool for wardriving, and ideal for its compactness.

Wi-fi positioning and GPS

With the development of Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) and the actively growing number of WLAN networks. Such decisions are very real and the widespread availability literally everywhere, from small offices to huge corporate sort networks. It is not necessary to hide, today the safety of such networks (standard 802.11 x) leaves much to be desired.My equipment.

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