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Seven Deadliest Wireless Technologies Attacks

Seven Deadliest Wireless Technologies Attacks provides a comprehensive view of the different attacks against popular wireless protocols and systems. Each chapter includes an example real attack scenario; an analysis of the attack; and methods for mitigating the attack. Common themes will emerge throughout the book, but each wireless technology has its own unique quirks that make it useful to attackers in different ways, making understanding all of them important to overall security as rarely is just one wireless technology in use at a home or office. The book contains seven chapters that cover the following: infrastructure attacks, client attacks, Bluetooth attacks, RFID attacks; along with attacks on analog wireless devices, cell phones, PDAs, and other hybrid devices. One chapter deals with the problem of bad encryption. It demonstrates how something that was supposed to protect communications can end up providing less security than advertised. This book is intended for novices and anyone in a technical role either as the family tech support to corporate IT managers. It also assumes some familiarity with basic networking and computer use.


Information security professionals of all levels; wireless device developers; recreational hackers

Paperback, 160 Pages

Published: March 2010

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-541-7


  • "Seven Deadliest Wireless Technologies Attacks covers an array of wireless technologies and discusses the vulnerabilities and attacks associated with them, allowing the reader to fully understand not only HOW an attack works but WHY it works, using real-world examples supported by theory. This book is perfect for both penetration testers assessing these technologies and security managers who are tasked with managing the risks associated with them."--Tom Neaves, Senior Security Consultant at Verizon Business and Ph.D. Researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London

    "I really, really liked this book. The chapters and the book are relatively short, but they are extremely to the point. The author has refrained from using overly technical language, and this fact makes this book perfect for novices and people who are forced to assume technical roles at home or at work. What I espeically liked is the large amount of real-world examples-they drive the point home and make for an interesting read. The text is peppered with notes, warnings and tips, and very enlightening 'Epic Fail' text boxes, where you can learn from other people's and companies' mistakes."--Help Net Security, October 04, 2010


  • Acknowledgments

    About the Authors


    Chapter 1 802.11 Wireless - Infrastructure Attacks

        How Wireless Networks Work

        Case Study: TJX Corporation

        Understanding WEP Cracking

        How to Crack WEP

        It Gets Better and Worse

        WPA and WPA2 in a Nutshell

        How to Crack WPA PSK and WPA2 PSK



    Chapter 2 Wireless - Client Attacks

        Public Hotspot Dangers

        How Hotspots Work

        Attacking Public Hotspots

        The Crux of the Problem


        Injection Attacks

             Replacing Java Script



    Chapter 3 Bluetooth Attacks

        Bluetooth Technology

        Hacking Bluetooth

             Bluetooth Discovery




        Wholesale Sniffing

        Bluetooth Viruses


    Chapter 4 Radio Frequency Identification Attacks

        RFID Basics

             RFID Systems

        RFID Risks

        Physical Access Control

             Proximity Cards

             Cloning RFID

             Minimizing the Risk

        RFID Meets Crypto



    Chapter 5 Analog Wireless Devices

        Analog Devices

        Digital versus Analog

             Analog Security

             Digital Security

        Cordless and Wireless

        Exploiting Analog Wireless

             Audio Vulnerabilities

        Scanner Selection


        Wireless Microphones

        Video Devices



    Chapter 6 Bad Encryption


        Proper Encryption


        Passport Summary


        Advanced WPA and WPA2 Cracking



    Chapter 7 Cell Phones, Personal Digital Assistants, and Other Hybrid Devices

        Hybrid Devices


        Anatomy of the Attack


        The Attacks

        Future Attacks

             Offensive Uses of Hybrid Devices


        iPhone Summary

             Android Security

             Common Threats




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