Software Spotlight: Wardriving Tools

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, May 25, 2005.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I stopped wardriving about a year ago with about 6000 and change collected access points. It just got to expensive to do what with the price of gas. If I get my prius this fall all of that will change. :D
  3. redeye be macrumors 65816

    redeye be

    Jan 27, 2005
    yeah right :rolleyes:
  4. jettredmont macrumors 68030

    Jul 25, 2002
    My thoughts exactly. SOOO much more convenient to break into your own router (thank goodness WEP security is crap!) than to access the router via hardline ethernet jack or just reset the thing. Especially considering you can only break into a network using this tool if it's in active use, which certainly wouldn't apply to a home network (if you have another computer connected via wireless in your house, get the WEP password from that). A corporate network, maybe, but I somehow think the IT folks would severely frown upon that and would be more than happy to just remind you of what the WEP password was in the first place.

    In other words, maybe you can torturously contort your mind into believing there is a legitimate use for this, but the illegal / immoral uses are far more dominant, and I'd be willing to bet that this product has been used for legal purposes perhaps one out of a thousand times.

    That having been said, it is good to know how easily WEP can be compromised, and for the folks that refuse to read actual articles on the subject, maybe seeing it with their own eyes will cause them to put additional security precautions on their network. Still, as eye-opening as it is to watch someone use a slimjim to break into a car in under a second, I'd still be awfully suspicious of someone who carried one around "just in case I lock my keys in the car" ...
  5. Santaduck macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    someone remind me... does the term 'wardriving' imply illicit use?

    I sort of reacted to this title with surprise, much as if I saw a "new warez tools & sites" news item, which would certainly break the forum rules.

    However, as a reminder of the ready penetrabilityof WEP, this is an educational post.

    In that light, can anyone tell me how easy is WPA personal to break into with an off-the-shelf tool like these?

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