Seven Deadliest Wireless Technologies Attacks

1st Edition

Authors: Brad Haines
Paperback ISBN: 9781597495417
eBook ISBN: 9781597495424
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 25th March 2010
Page Count: 160
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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.

Key Features

Attacks detailed in this book include:

  1. 802.11 Wireless—Infrastructure Attacks
  2. 802.11 Wireless—Client Attacks
  3. Bluetooth Attacks
  4. RFID Attacks
  5. Analog Wireless Device Attacks
  6. Bad Encryption
  7. Attacks on Cell Phones, PDAs and Other Hybrid Devices


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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction 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 Summary Endnotes Chapter 2 Wireless – Client Attacks Public Hotspot Dangers How Hotspots Work Attacking Public Hotspots The Crux of the Problem Solutions Injection Attacks Replacing Java Script Summary Endnote Chapter 3 Bluetooth Attacks Bluetooth Technology Hacking Bluetooth Bluetooth Discovery Connecting Carwhisperer Bluebug Wholesale Sniffing Bluetooth Viruses Summary 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 Summary Endnotes Chapter 5 Analog Wireless Devices Analog Devices Digital versus Analog Analog Security Digital Security Cordless and Wireless Exploiting Analog Wireless Audio Vulnerabilities Scanner Selection Headsets Wireless Microphones Video Devices Defense Summary Chapter 6 Bad Encryption History Proper Encryption Passports Passport Summary Speedpass Advanced WPA and WPA2 Cracking Summary Endnote Chapter 7 Cell Phones, Personal Digital Assistants, and Other Hybrid Devices Hybrid Devices History Anatomy of the Attack Jailbreaking The Attacks Future Attacks Offensive Uses of Hybrid Devices Anonymity iPhone Summary Android Security Common Threats Summary Index


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About the Author

Brad Haines

Brad "RenderMan" Haines, Contributing Author to RFID Security (ISBN: 978-1-59749-047-4, Syngress) and Kismet Hacking (ISBN: 978-1-59749-117-4, Syngress), is chief researcher of and co-refounder of "The Church of WiFi" wireless think tank. He currently operates his own consulting company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, providing wireless performance and security assessment services for a variety of clients both large and small. A noted expert in the hacker community in the field of wireless security, he has spoken at many international conferences such as Black Hat and DEFCON and taught several classes on free wireless assessment tools. He has also contributed over time to many wireless security tools such as the Kismet wirelss sniffer and coWPAtty.

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Chief researcher of


"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