Internet is now the basic need of our daily life. With the increasing use of smartphones, most of the things are now online. Every time we have to do something, we just use our smartphone or desktop. This is the reason wi-fi hotspots can be found everywhere.
People also use wireless in their home network to connect all devices. Every person can see the neighborhood wi-fi networks in the system, and they want to use it for free. But most these networks are secured with a password key. You need to know this security key to access the network. When your own network is down, you will desperately want to connect to these neighborhood networks. For this, people generally search for wi-fi password cracking tools to get unauthorized access to those wireless networks.
Sometimes when you are on a network, you also want to check what is happening on the network. This happens mostly in big organizations, when an employer wants to check who is doing what in the network. For these things, there are a few network hacking tools available that let users analyze packets and see what other users are doing.
Wireless Networks and Hacking
Wireless networks are based on IEEE 802.11 standards defined by IEEE(Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for ad hoc networks or infrastructure networks. Infrastructure networks have one or more access points which coordinate the traffic between the nodes. But in ad hoc networks, there is no access point; each node connects in a peer-to-peer way.
Basically there are two types of vulnerabilities which can be found in the Wireless LAN. One is poor configuration and the other is poor encryption. Poor configuration is caused by the network admin who manages the network. It may include the weak password, no security settings, use of default configurations, and other user related things. Poor encryption is related to security keys used to protect the wireless network. It is there because of issues in WEP or WPA.
Top 5 WiFi Hacking Gadgets
1. WiFi Pineapple
THE WORLD’S BEST ROGUE ACCESS POINT AND WIFI PENTEST PLATFORM
The WiFi Pineapple lets pentesters perform targeted man-in-the-middle attacks, advanced reconnaissance, credential harvesting, open source intelligence gathering and more – all from a clean, intuitive web interface.
- 1. Perform advanced man-in-the-middle attacks by thoroughly mimicking preferred networks
- 2. Gather intelligence, including what other networks the targets have connected
- 3. Completely visualizes the WiFi landscape with continuous, live passive monitoring
- 4. Capture WPA and WPA Enterprise credentials in pcap, hashcat, JTR or plaintext formats
- 5. All without impacting out-of-scope neighbors from an easy, cross-platform web interface
Considered by many as one of the most crucial devices to have in your hacking gadgets kit.
2. WiFi Deauther OLED or Wristband
This tiny ESP8266 development board was created by Spacehuhn. This device allows you to scan for WiFi devices, block selected connections, create dozens of networks and confuse WiFi scanners.
The main feature, the de-authentication attack, which comes pre-installed. Is used to disconnect devices from their WiFi network.
You can think of it as a Wifi Jammer, however it only exploits a vulnerability in the 802.11 networks that sends special crafted Wifi packets to the de-authenticating device, thus can be used to improve evil twin attacks.
This ESP8266 development board comes with an 600mAh battery, OLED display and a 3 way momentary slide switch but you can wear it like a smart watch.
3. WiFi Duck
This open source project aims to provide a user-friendly tool to learn about keystroke injection attacks. A microcontroller acts as a USB keyboard that is programmable over WiFi. It’s using the Ducky Script language that Hak5 introduced with the USB Rubber Ducky.
You can simply plug it in, connect to its Wi-Fi network and manage all scripts from within the web interface. You don’t need to install an app; you don’t need to log in, and you don’t need to compile or flash anything. Your scripts are saved on the device itself, so you don’t need a micro SD card either.
A keyboard is trusted by most operating systems by default, which enables for a variety of attacks. Humans might not type very fast, but an automated device like this can. It can open a terminal and mess with your computer in a matter of a milliseconds!
- Plug it in
- Connect to WiFi
- Open Browser
- Edit Ducky Scripts
- Control Victim Computer
4. Crazy Radio PA2
The security firm Bastille made headlines when it reported its research on wireless keyboard and mouse vulnerabilities. Dubbed “mousehacking,” these vulnerabilities allow an attacker to take control of a target computer without needing physical access.
These attacks allow for remote keystroke injections by letting penetration testers anonymously pair their device to a target computer that is using popular wireless keyboard adapters.
The Crazyradio USB dongle used in these attacks, is a 2.4 GHz bi-directional transceiver which can send and receive radio telemetry. Essentially, this USB dongle is capable of observing, recording, and injecting wireless radio waves.
Compatible with Mousejack, Keyjack, Keysniffer, and JackIt projects.
5. Cactus WHID – WiFi Keylogger & Rubber Ducky
A usb rubber ducky on steroids.This hacking gadget created by whidninja, allows keystrokes to be sent via WiFi to a target machine.
The target recognizes the Ducky as both a standard HID keyboard and a serial port, allows interactive commands and scripts to be executed on the target remotely.
We personally recommend using all the above mentioned wifi hacking gadgets as they each have their own unique attack vectors for any assessment. If you think we missed a crucial hacking gadget let us know in the comment section below.