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WarDriving gets plenty of publicity: mostly breathless TV reports of mobile hackers reading folks’ private emails. (Most WarDrivers aren’t doing that, of course.) WarDriving also has a technical mystique that makes it sound tougher than it is. You do need the right tools, instructions, and advice, though. WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend brings all that together in one place.
You’ll build a complete WarDriving toolkit -- hardware and software. Learn which wireless network cards to buy, and which to avoid. (Stay away from 802.11a cards, but also 802.11a/b/g combo cards; the authors will tell you why.) Discover how to choose the right external antenna -- and, yes, the obligatory homemade Pringles can antenna is discussed, too.
The most important WarDriving software is covered in detail. On Windows, that would be NetStumbler for Windows, along with MiniStumbler, its slimmed-down cousin for Pocket PCs. The authors show how to use it to to identify wireless networks; track networks by your location, via GPS satellite receivers; and how to analyze the information you’ve captured. On Linux, the software of choice is Kismet. Along with thorough coverage of configuration and usage, the authors walk you through installation on both Slackware and Red Hat Fedora.
You’ll learn how to map and organize WarDrives here. You’ll also take a close look at wireless security -- for both attackers and defenders. Along the way, the authors also take time to explode some myths. For instance, nobody “WarChalks” nowadays. But if you must, they do give you the “secret” symbols. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.