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Backtrack – Hack Attack

Ever wondered just how secure your WEP protected wireless network is? Well today I’ll show you how to test it. There have been a lot of articles written about this subject already and by now it is common knowledge that WEP is only the barest of security precautions. I’m going to show you how you can test your own wireless network’s security using the linux livecd distro back|track. Before we go any further, I feel it necessary to mention two things. The first being the ethics of hacking. Most of you are probably familiar with this subject already but, just to refresh your memory. Second, it goes without saying that this is for YOUR OWN NETWORK TESTING PURPOSES ONLY. Unauthorized access of other people’s networks is illegal. If you have problems or questions about anything in this guide, for the love of god use google/wikipedia and look it up first. Don’t just start ranting on forums like a moron without doing a little research first. There are probably other people who have had the same problems and solved them already. Ok, parental rant over. Lets get down to the dirty stuff:

First of all, you’ll need to check and make sure your wireless card has the right chipset. Most wireless cards are programmed only to accept data that is addressed to them. Other cards, specifically the ones that are of use for wifi sniffing, are capable of picking up all traffic that is flying through the air. Common types are Atheros, Prism, Aironet, Realtek, Hermes, etc based cards. You are on your own figuring out what type of chipset your wireless card has, as its too vast to get into here, but check this thread for more info. Your probably just going to have to search for your specific card to find out what chipset it has then compare it to this compatability list. For a good discussion on types of cards that work, check this http://forums.remote-exploit.org/showthread.php?t=2191