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With the passage of time, attackers are getting smarter and smarter. They can now even intercept secure web connections with the help of proxy tools and digital certificates. While it is important to stay up to dated with the technology, but it is also important to learn how hackers attack wireless networks, what all technology they use, how they make you fall prey to wireless network attacks and what you can do to prevent such attacks. To gain a better understanding of different wireless network attacks and the basic strategy adopted by hackers for list of wireless network attacks, read more about it here:
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Access Control Attacks
Such attacks are used to infiltrate a wireless network by bypassing the access control measures. Below is a brief description of such attacks, along with their name and various tools & methods used.
War driving involves listening for wireless networks using either a PDA or a computer. The main purpose of war driving attack is to find a launch point to initiate the main attack.
DStumbler, MacStumbler, Airmon-ng, Wellenreiter, KisMAC, WiFiFoFum and NetStumbler
Rogue Access Points
Instead of searching for free wireless networks, an attacker establishes a connection with an enterprise and uses their network to initiate its attack. Here, the enterprise acts as a launch point.
Can be any software or hardware access point
Ad Hoc Associations
With this technique, the attacker can connect to any unsecured access point or station.
USB adapter or a wireless card
With this technique, the attacker changes the MAC address of any computer allowing it to bypass the server or routers to treat as a trusted and authorized access point or use it to hide the computer from the network.
Wellenreiter , MacChanger, SMAC, SirMACsAlot and wicontrol
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These attacks are used to misguide user by sending him/her fake packets. The attacker first intercepts the communication and then adds his/her own packets in the communication in order to smooth the progress of other attacks.
802.11 Frame Injection
It includes creating data frames manually and delivering these fake data packets over the network.
Libradiate, Airpwn, WEPWedgie, File2air, wnet dinject/reinject and void11
802.11 Data Replay
It involves capturing the original frames and modifying them (replay).
Capturing and other injection tools
802.1X Extensible AP Replay
It involves capturing 802.1X Extensible AP for replay.
Wireless Capturing and other injection tools between access point and station
802.1X RADIUS Replay
Capturing RADIUS accepted or rejected messages for replay.
Ethernet Capturing and other injection tools between authentication server and access point
List of Wireless Network Attacks - Part 1
In this series of articles related to List of Wireless Network Attacks, I will highlight different types of wireless network attacks, various tools or methods commonly used by attackers, technical terms associated with each type of attack and how a computer user can detect such attacks..