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WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend: A Guide to Wireless Security [Paperback]

Chris Hurley
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March 26 2004 1931836035 978-1931836036 1
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

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About 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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This book literally contains everything you might need to know to successfully engage in WarDriving. Starting from the most basic setup of homemade components to purchase and use of commercial ones it is one of the most thorough books available today on the subject. The authors wisely start out the book with defining what WarDriving is and what it is not. They define WarDriving as moving around a specific area and mapping the wireless access points for statistical purposes. It does not include actually accessing these points without prior permission. As such, the purpose of WarDriving is to raise awareness of the security issues related to wireless networks.
The first section of the book covers setting up both a laptop and a PDA for WarDriving purposes. This includes important general concepts like antenna types and their advantages and disadvantages, and connecting antenna to a wireless NIC. It also includes very specific information like specific NIC cards that work well and are conducive to the connection of external antennas and the like.
Once your hardware is set up you have to turn your attention to appropriate software. The authors detail both Windows and Linux software (free and commercial products) available to discover access points. It includes how to use NetStumbler, MiniStumbler, and Kismet to locate wireless LANs, the various options, and how to interpret the results. These are very detailed chapters and explain both the concepts and actual product use very well. Each of these chapters ends with additional software available to actually map the access points.
The final section of the book covers the details of attacking wireless networks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who ARE these people giving 5 star reviews? May 21 2004
The short review of this book is that if you're interested enough in the subject to buy this book, then you're unlikely to find anything - and I mean ANYTHING - new in this book.
It takes two seperate chapters: one on installing the Windows utility Netstumbler (with pages and pages of screen shots, when a simple "click on the icon" would do), and one on using - not "advanced options" or anything, just using - Netstumbler. Similarly, three whole chapters are dedicated to the excruciating details of installation and use of the Linux tool Kismet, but again, nothing which couldn't be found in the README files or on the website which hosts the utility. They have a chapter on how to convert Kismet and Netstumbler logfiles to maps: if you already know about Stumbverter, WiGLE, and DiGLE (or can use Google), there's nothing new here. The authors pine on for a chapter about the wardrives that they've organized. If you've ever listened to your grandparents talk about the war, it's a lot like that. Then, they have a chapter on WiFi "attacks" - if you know how to manually set your SSID and MAC, and if you've ever even heard of Airsnort, you probably won't need this nontechnical, sub-script-kiddie, Windows screen-shot-laden chapter.
If you're interested in war driving, or if you're interested in Wi-Fi security, then you're probably already conversant with the tools covered in this book. There is no real technical depth, as this book is written to a "manager's level" of technical competence. ("Click OK to continue.") Their chapter on Wi-Fi network defense essentially boils down to "change default SSID" and "use WEP"; there's a couple of pages on VPN, firewalls, and using authentication, but again, nothing to justify the purchase price of this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money May 21 2004
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This book touched very little on antennas. Then he pretty much just re-wrote instructions and how-tos for NetStumbler and Kismet, which is about half the book. Having war drove at Def-Con, he includes a whole chapter on how to organize a war-drive. Then still not having enough for a whole book, he decides to give one chapter on how to use a couple bad-boy tools, (of course all this can be found in the READMEs of the tools themselves). Just to be sure the book was heavy, he decides to describe WEP, LEAP, Etc. This book reminds me of a High School Student's paper who didn't have enough to really fill the required amount of pages. The subject matter is not well known so none of the publishers would really know if this was a good book or not. Hey, I guess anyone would endorse it for the right amount of money, or just status. The other good reviews, have to be people the author knows, no one could think very highly of this book, much less giving it 5 stars! If you have every worked with wireless before, know what Def-Con is, or know how to use the Internet to find information pass this one by, its all common knowledge. But bravo to you Roamer, Thorn and Mother for pulling the wool over Syngress and making some money at it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No WarChalking! May 7 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Reference for the True Wardriver
If you are looking for something to help you break into other peoples wireless networks, look somewhere else. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by James Norton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for hackers and enthusiasts
This is a great book for Wi-Fi enthusiasts, and people who want to secure their wireless networks. Not only does it have a chapter on wireless security, the entire book is a guide... Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Jack D. Herrington
5.0 out of 5 stars I was blown away
I can't stress how great this book is! I am not a Linux guru but had heard that Kismet would help me find more access points. Read more
Published on April 30 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book to get you started in wardriving...
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Individuals who are interested in searching out wireless access points and defending their own wireless networks against unauthorized use. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Thomas Duff
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent book on a narrow but relevant topic
If you want to learn how to wardrive using Kismet or NetStumbler (and variants), "WarDriving" is for you. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Richard Bejtlich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars from someone who really wanted to hate this book
Ok, I will admit it...I am a "button down" kind of guy. I manage my company's wireless network and I have one in my house as well. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Stephen Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating does go as high as what this book deserves
This book is one of the top 2 books that I've ever read, it was well thought out and put together. Anyone even remotely thinking about wireless MUST read this book before they... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by John Kleinschmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This book is an excellent resource for Wireless Security Concerns. Wireless networks are growing by leaps and bounds and 75% of the are insecure. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Using Linksys? But this book and change your settings!
Probably 9 out of 10 of us with home-based wireless networks are using Linksys. And probably the 9 are all using the default settings. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Kevin O'Keefe
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