BackTrack – Testing Wireless Network Security

Secure your wireless networks against attacks, hacks, and intruders with this step-by-step guide
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BackTrack – Testing Wireless Network Security

Kevin Cardwell

Secure your wireless networks against attacks, hacks, and intruders with this step-by-step guide

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ISBN 139781782164067
Paperback108 pages

Book Description

Wireless networks are everywhere. You have probably set one up yourself, but have you ever wondered just how safe you are while browsing online? In the majority of cases, the default settings for your networks are not enough to protect you. With your data being transferred over the air, it can be easily plucked and used by anyone who knows how. Don't let it happen to you.

BackTrack - Testing Wireless Network Security will help you secure your wireless networks and keep your personal data safe. With this book, you will learn how to configure your hardware for optimum security, find network security holes, and fix them.

BackTrack - Testing Wireless Network Security looks at what tools hackers use and shows you how to defend yourself against them. Taking you from no prior knowledge all the way to a fully secure environment, this guide provides useful tips every step of the way. Learn how to select a wireless card to work with the Backtrack tools, run spectrum analysis scans using kismet, set up test networks, and perform attacks against wireless networks. Use the tools aircrack-ng and airodump-ng to crack the wireless encryption used on the network.

You will learn everything you need to know to set up your wireless network for use within Backtrack and also how to defend yourself against the included attack tools.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring BackTrack
Downloading and configuring BackTrack
Installing BackTrack
Updating BackTrack
Validating the interfaces
Customizing Gnome
Creating a virtual machine
Summary
Chapter 2: Working with the Wireless Card
Checking card compatibility
Detecting the wireless card during the boot process
Detecting the wireless card using iwconfig
Configuring the wireless card
Wireless card modes
Protocol analysis with the network card
Summary
Chapter 3: Surveying Your Wireless Zone
Exploring devices
Working with tools
Using Kismet for access point discovery
Discovering hidden access points
Summary
Chapter 4: Breaching Wireless Security
Different types of attacks
Cracking WEP and WPA
Performing an attack using WEP and ChopChop
Summary
Chapter 5: Securing Your Wireless Network
Configuring initial wireless security
Defending from surveillance
Configuring encryption
Settings that provide protection from masquerade and rogue AP attacks
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Update and configure the Backtrack tool
  • Analyze your wireless card for compatibility
  • Scavenge access points, even ones with a cloaked SSID
  • Pilfer information from the wireless spectrum and analyze it
  • Scrutinize the Radio Frequency data and identify wireless network traffic
  • Dissect wireless protocols at the packet level
  • Classify attacks against wireless networks
  • Deploy defenses against common attacks

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring BackTrack
Downloading and configuring BackTrack
Installing BackTrack
Updating BackTrack
Validating the interfaces
Customizing Gnome
Creating a virtual machine
Summary
Chapter 2: Working with the Wireless Card
Checking card compatibility
Detecting the wireless card during the boot process
Detecting the wireless card using iwconfig
Configuring the wireless card
Wireless card modes
Protocol analysis with the network card
Summary
Chapter 3: Surveying Your Wireless Zone
Exploring devices
Working with tools
Using Kismet for access point discovery
Discovering hidden access points
Summary
Chapter 4: Breaching Wireless Security
Different types of attacks
Cracking WEP and WPA
Performing an attack using WEP and ChopChop
Summary
Chapter 5: Securing Your Wireless Network
Configuring initial wireless security
Defending from surveillance
Configuring encryption
Settings that provide protection from masquerade and rogue AP attacks
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781782164067
Paperback108 pages
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