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Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

Written by Mubassir patel

Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

In this Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools we will be talking about a very popular subject: hacking wireless networks and how to prevent it from being hacked. Wifi is often a vulnerable side of the network when it comes to hacking because WiFi signals can be picked up everywhere and by anyone. Also a lot of routers contain vulnerabilities which can be easily exploited with the right equipment and software such as the tools included with Kali Linux. A lot of router manufacturers and ISPs still turn on WPS by default on their routers which makes wireless security and penetration testing even more important. With the following Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools you are able to test our own wireless networks for potential security issues:

1 Aircrack-ng

Aircrack is one of the most popular tools for WEP/WPA/WPA2 cracking. The Aircrack-ng suite contains tools to capture packets and handshakes, de-authenticate connected clients and generate traffic and tools to perform brute force and dictionary attacks. Aicrack-ng is an all-in-one suite containing the following tools (among others):
– Aircrack-ng for wireless password cracking
– Aireplay-ng to generate traffic and client de-authentication
– Airodump-ng for packet capturing
– Airbase-ng to configure fake access points

The Aicrack-ng suite is available for Linux and comes standard with Kali Linux. If you plan to use this tool you have to make sure your Wifi card is capable of packet injection.

Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

Website: http://www.aircrack-ng.org/
Tutorial: http://www.hackingtutorials.org/wifi-hacking/how-to-hack-upc-wireless-networks/

2 Reaver

Number 2 in the Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools is Reaver. Reaver is another popular tool for hacking wireless networks and targets specifically WPS vulnerabilities. Reaver performs brute force attacks against Wifi Protected Setup (WPS) registrar PINs to recover the WPA/WPA2 passphrase. Since many router manufacturers and ISPs turn on WPS by default a lot of routers are vulnerable to this attack out of the box.

In order to use Reaver you need a good signal strength to the wireless router together with the right configuration. On average Reaver can recover the passphrase from vulnerable routers in 4-10 hours, depending on the access point, signal strength and the PIN itself off course. Statistically you have a 50% chance of cracking the WPS PIN in half of the time.

Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

Website: http://code.google.com/p/reaver-wps/
Tutorial: http://www.hackingtutorials.org/wifi-hacking/pixie-dust-attack-wps-in-kali-linux-with-reaver/

3 Pixiewps

PixieWPS is a relatively new tool included with Kali Linux and also targets a WPS vulnerability. This is called a pixie dust attack. PixieWPS requires a modified version of Reaver or Wifite to work with. Since this tools has become quite popular in little time, it earns the number 3 in our Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools list.

Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

Website: https://github.com/wiire/pixiewps/
Modified Reaver: https://github.com/t6x/reaver-wps-fork-t6x
Tutorial: http://www.hackingtutorials.org/wifi-hacking/pixie-dust-attack-wps-in-kali-linux-with-reaver/

4 Wifite

Wifite is an automated tool to attack multiple wireless networks encrypted with WEP/WPA/WPA2 and WPS. On start-up Wifite requires a few parameters to work with and Wifite will do all the hard work. It will capture WPA handshakes, automatically de-authenticate connected clients, spoof your MAC address and safe the cracked passwords.

Website: https://code.google.com/p/wifite/

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5 Wireshark

Wireshark is one of the best network protocal analyzer tools available, if not the best. With Wireshark you can analyse a network to the greatest detail to see what’s happening. Wireshark can be used for live packet capturing, deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, browse and filter packets and is multiplatform.

For certain features you do need a Wifi adapter which is supports promiscuous and monitoring mode.

Website: https://www.wireshark.org
Tutorial: http://www.howtogeek.com/104278/how-to-use-wireshark-to-capture-filter-and-inspect-packets/

Or follow one of these online courses:
– Wireshark Crash Course
– Wireshark Tutorial – Get Wireshark Certification

6 oclHashcat

Number 6 in our Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools is oclHashcat. oclHashcat is not a dedicated Wifi hacking tool and is not included with Kali Linux, but it can do brute force and dictionary attacks on captured handshakes very fast when using a GPU. After using the Aircrack-ng suite, or any other tool, to capture the WPA handshake you can crack it with oclHashcat using your GPU. Using a GPU with oclHashcat, instead of a CPU with Aicrack-ng, will speed up the cracking process a lot. An average GPU can try about 50.000 combinations per second with oclHashcat.

oclHashcat is available for Windows and Linux and has a version for AMD and Nvidia video cards. AMD video cards require Catalyst 14.9 exactly and Nvidia video cards require ForceWare 346.x or later to work.

Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

Website: http://hashcat.net/oclhashcat/
Tutorial: http://www.hackingtutorials.org/wifi-hacking/cracking-wpa-oclhashcat-gpu/

7 Fern Wifi Cracker

Website: https://code.google.com/p/fern-wifi-cracker/

8 Wash

Wash is a tool to determine whether an access point has WPS enabled or not. You can also use Wash to check if an access point locked up WPS after a number of Reaver attempts. A lot of access points locks itself up as a security measure when brute forcing the WPS PIN.

Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

Website: http://code.google.com/p/reaver-wps/
Tutorial: http://www.hackingtutorials.org/wifi-hacking/wps-wifi-networks-with-kali-linux-wash/

9 Crunch

Since the success rate of every dictionary attack depends on the quality of the used wordlist, you cannot avoid creating your own wordlist. Especially when you want to create wordlists based on default router passwords.

Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/crunch-wordlist
Tutorial: http://www.hackingtutorials.org/general-tutorials/password-list-with-crunch/

10 Macchanger

Last but not least in this top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools is Macchanger. Spoofing your MAC address for wifi hacking might be necessary in order to avoid MAC filters or to mask your identity on a wireless network.

Top 10 Wifi Hacking Tools

Website: https://github.com/alobbs/macchanger

About the author

Mubassir patel

Mubassir is a founder and developer of this site. He is a computer science engineer. He has a very deep interest in ethical hacking, penetration testing, website development and including all technology topic.

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