WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend: A Guide to Wireless Security


The practice of WarDriving is a unique combination of hobby, sociological research, and security assessment. The act of driving or walking through urban areas with a wireless-equipped laptop to map both protected and un-protected wireless networks has sparked intense debate amongst lawmakers, security professionals, and the telecommunications industry. This first ever book on WarDriving is written from the inside perspective of those who have created the tools that make WarDriving possible and those who gather, ...

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The practice of WarDriving is a unique combination of hobby, sociological research, and security assessment. The act of driving or walking through urban areas with a wireless-equipped laptop to map both protected and un-protected wireless networks has sparked intense debate amongst lawmakers, security professionals, and the telecommunications industry. This first ever book on WarDriving is written from the inside perspective of those who have created the tools that make WarDriving possible and those who gather, analyze, and maintain data on all secured and open wireless access points in very major, metropolitan area worldwide. These insiders also provide the information to secure your wireless network before it is exploited by criminal hackers.

• Provides the essential information needed to protect and secure wireless networks
• Written from the inside perspective of those who have created the tools for WarDriving and those who gather, maintain and analyse data on wireless networks
• This is the first book to deal with the hot topic of WarDriving

Audience: Network administrators needing information on how to protect their wireless networks. People interested in conducting their own wardrives or checking for hot spots.

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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.

Library Journal
WarDriving-or moving around an area to map wireless access points-presents an opportunity for those interested in raising awareness of wireless connectivity and security vulnerabilities; an opening for those looking to contribute connectivity through deliberately opening access; and a security threat to those who fail to protect their networks-even though ethical WarDrivers point out that they eschew unauthorized network use. WarDriving teaches how to WarDrive, from necessary tools to useful software; each chapter ends with a summary, bullet points, and FAQ. Later chapters discuss how to attack and how to defend wireless networks, making this useful for readers wanting to protect their networks. The main focus, however, may find a narrow audience in most libraries; those seeking books on securing their network will want to supplement with more thorough guides, and those interested in WarDriving may already be conversant with the tools and ideas discussed. A supplemental purchase for larger libraries. Wi-Foo covers similar ground and discusses similar utilities, yet it goes much deeper into the nuts and bolts of both breaking into and defending wireless networks. Some more technical sections are balanced out by step-by-step explanations of security basics and patterns of attack. Extensive appendixes range from antenna irradiation patterns to war-chalking symbols to a penetration testing template. Wireless security is an ever-growing issue, which makes this thorough guide recommended for larger libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931836036
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 1.05 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Hurley is a Senior Penetration Tester in the Washington, DC area. He has more than 10 years of experience performing penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and general INFOSEC grunt work. He is the founder of the WorldWide WarDrive, a four-year project to assess the security posture of wireless networks deployed throughout the world. Chris was also the original organizer of the DEF CON WarDriving contest. He is the lead author of WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 19318360305). He has contributed to several other Syngress publications, including Penetration Tester's Open Source Toolkit (ISBN: 1-5974490210), Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity (ISBN: 1597490067), InfoSec Career Hacking (ISBN: 1597490113), and OS X for Hackers at Heart (ISBN: 1597490407). He has a BS from Angelo State University in Computer Science and a whole bunch of certifications to make himself feel important.

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Table of Contents

1: Learning to WarDrive
2: NetStumbler and MiniStumbler: An Overview
3: Operating NetStumbler and MiniStumbler
4: Installing Kismet in Slackware Linux 9.1
5: Installing Kismet in Fedora Core 1 Linux 9.0
6: Configuring and Using Kismet
7: Mapping WarDrives Using Stumbverter
8: Organizing WarDrives
9: Attacking Wireless Networks
10: Basic Wireless Network Security
11: Advanced Wireless Network Security
12: Fast Track
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Great information on wireless products like Kismet

    In a search for information on Kismet I came across this book. It's a book on wardriving (where people drive around mapping wireless access points) and, more importantly, a book on wireless security. I found it good for chapters on NetStumbler and Kismet (finally figure out I can't use Kismet with an 802.11g card!). Really good chapters on wireless network security and attacking wireless networks--which shows you how wireless networks can be compromised and the various types of attacks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    No WarChalking!

    WarDriving is a (sub)cultural phenomenon that has emerged with the rapid growth in WiFi networks. As these have increasingly been adopted by the great unwashed, the vendors have gone to great lengths to simplify the WiFi access setup. Often, this has led to people turning off any encryption, and choosing the vendor's default settings, including for passwords. Hence, as the author points out, some hackers use their computers in cars and cruise around a city, looking for any open access points. This book has two audiences. The first is those who want to WarDrive. Here, you find all necessary nuts and bolts information about configuring your computer, be it running MS Windows or Linux. Plus descriptions of antennas. Enough to get you up and running, or driving, as the case probably is. You should find it quite facile, if you follow the book's guidelines. The other audience is those of you running a WiFi net, or planning to. By squinting a little at the text, you get simple and effective advice on preventing unwanted access. Did I say 2 audiences? There is a third, which may have some intersection with the others. Suppose you just want to learn more about WarDriving, perhaps out of pure curiosity. This book is ideal for that. The author is the organiser of the first 3 WWWarDrives. Well qualified to expound on this subject. The chapter on WWWarDrives will be good in later years, from a historical viewpoint. As a bonus, Hurley 'exposes' WarChalking. This is a meme that spread widely in 2002. Hurley claims that amongst actual WarDrivers, few actually do this. Basically, WarChalking is a cute, easy to understand idea, especially because it is so visual. Which undoubtedly helped the general media latch onto it and spread it.

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