November 29, 2001 9:27 AM   Subscribe

AirSnort. The dangerous app with the unlikely name allows users to snatch data being passed over wireless networks, eventually capturing passwords to the network.
posted by o2b (7 comments total)
*sniff* *sniff*

are those passwords i smell cookin?
posted by chrisroberts at 9:38 AM on November 29, 2001

I hope someone actually tries to run AirSnort on my home airport network.

After secretly capturing gigs of data and crunching that data all day, I would pay to see the look on their face when they realize the network password is "foo."
posted by mathowie at 9:42 AM on November 29, 2001

the program lives here.
posted by chrisroberts at 9:57 AM on November 29, 2001

From the article:

Many wireless networks allow amazingly easy access to unauthorized users, as some have discovered when their laptops suddenly connect to the Internet when they are in or near a building that has a wireless network.

No kidding. You don't even need something like AirSnort to piggyback on someone's wireless net access. A friend and I did one of the tests described in this article, just to see for ourselves if there were really that many people running unsecured wireless networks.

Laptop open, on a city bus headed down Lexington Ave from the Upper East Side to midtown in Manhattan, surfing the web. So yeah, people need to be a little more aware about security. And I've got an Apple AirPort at home, so I need to worry about this stuff too.
posted by nstop at 9:58 AM on November 29, 2001

"Dangerous"? What's dangerous is relying on bad code to secure your network. I also recommend not using balsa wood doors to secure your possessions.

The IEEE should have put this up for a peer review before they finalized it.

Kerberos, Secure Shell and IPSEC are your friends. You should be using them even if you don't use a wireless network.

(Next thing you know some nitwit will decide we need to outlaw Airsnort because it is "dangerous".)
posted by hadashi at 10:09 AM on November 29, 2001

(Next thing you know some nitwit will decide we need to outlaw Airsnort because it is "dangerous".)

It'll take less than 4 business days.
posted by yesster at 11:08 AM on November 29, 2001

put the access point outside the firewall and VPN back in. end of story if your data matters to you.
posted by machaus at 2:53 PM on November 29, 2001

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