10 Wireless Network Hacking Tools and Software: Many times, when your internet is not working and you see an available wireless network/Wi Fi of your neighbours, but its locked. So the biggest question is- how to use secured wi-fi network available in your neighbourhood? Well the best way to hack any wi-fi/wireless network in your range is by using software tools. There are many software tools available in market that can crack the password of secured networks by infringing their vulnerable windows. Those vulnerable windows of any wireless LAN network are poor encryption and poor configuration(use of weak password).
Any wireless network hacking tool or software does hack via two methods- the first one is sniffing, in which it sniffs or monitors the activities that are going on over the network. This method also helps to see what other users are doing on the network by analysing the data packets. These tools are mostly used in big organizations to see what other employees are doing on internet/network. The second method is by cracking two basic security protocols WEP/WPA keys to get unauthorized access to the network. The most popular 10 Wireless Network Hacking Tools and Software are given below.
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10 Wireless Network Hacking Tools and Software
Aircrack is one of the best and popular wireless network password cracking tool. It includes best algorithm to recover Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g WPA/WEP network passwords. It uses the technique of capturing IP packets and when enough of packets are accumulated, it attacks on key encryptions. Now problem is how to use this wireless password cracking tool? Well, owner of this software also provides online tutorial videos for learning to use Aircrack. Aircrack is available in Linux platform, Live CD(works with Windows all versions), and VMare image copy. The tool is guaranteed is recover the network password you want to hack. The only problem with Linux version of this software is that you need to have a deep knowledge of using Linux, otherwise its going to be a problem to use it.
The first thing require to use Aircrack is a wireless network card that can inject packets. If you have further queries for using this tool then just read the online tutorial, everything is explained in detail in it.
Download Aircrack: http://www.aircrack-ng.org/
NetStumbler is also a popular wireless cracking tool for Windows systems, which finds out the open/accessible access points. The software is available free of cost on internet that is compatible with Windows. Its used for wardriving and verifies network configuration. It find out the weak network doors and get unauthorized access points. There are few disadvantages of NetStumbler as it can be detected easily by any intrusion detection system and does not work with 64-bit Windows operating system.
Download NetStumbler: http://www.stumbler.net/
Kismet is very popular tool to recover the password of wireless networks. Its a WiFi a/b/g/n layer-2 wireless network detection, sniffer, and intrusion detection system(IDS). It captures data packets silently to detect wireless network and hidden networks. The software is available free of cost for Windows, Linux, OSX, and BSD OSs. It uses the technique of Client-Server architecture.
Download Kismet: http://www.kismetwireless.net/
Airsnort is one of the best tool to crack WEP encrypted secure networks following 802.11 b standard. AirSnort is available free of cost for Windows and Linux OS. Airsnort works on the technique of monitoring transmission data and computing key of encryption. The tool is easy to use, but the owners are not updating it now a days and available online open source. It works best on WEP type passwords.
Download AirSnort: http://sourceforge.net/projects/airsnort/
Cain & Able
Cain&Able is another popular wireless password cracking tool. It uses the technique of collecting the data packets and then recover passwords by attacking password with Cryptanalysis method. It might interest you if you are learning to break security and password cracking, give it a try.
Download Cain & Able: http://www.oxid.it/cain.html
WepAttack is an open source and popular Linux Tool to break WEP passwords following 802.11 b protocol. The advantage of WepAttack is that it uses an ordinary WLAN card to work with. It uses the method of hit and trial by using active dictionary attack which tries millions of combinations to get the actual password key.
Download WebAttack: http://wepattack.sourceforge.net/
inSSIDer is an amazing tool to crack and monitor any Wi-Fi network and works best on Windows and OSX platforms. The tool has won the award of “Best Opensource Software in Networking”. In start-up the software was open source, but now its available at a price of USD $19.99. Ignoring inSiSIDer’s advantages we kept it so below in ranking because of its price. InSIDer not only scans Wi-fi networks but can do many tasks. It can search open wi-fi access points, signal strength monitoring, and logs GPS records.
Download inSSIDer: http://www.inssider.com/
Airjack is the best tool to annoy someone by making his network down. Airjack is a packet injection tool for W-fi 802.11 standard networks. This tool cracks wireless networks by injecting forged data packets, which makes network down by denial of service. Airjack is also useful if you are in middle of an attack.
Download AirJack: http://sourceforge.net/projects/airjack/
CoWPAtty also uses a hit and trial method by using an automated dictionary tool against WPA-PSK passwords. The tool is simple to use but works very slowly that can be counted as the only disadvantage of CoWPAtty. It use a command line interface and different tables for each password. There is a latest version of this tool available with improved speed, as it uses a pre-calculated hash file.
Download CoWPAtty: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cowpatty/
Cloudcracker is the best tool to crack WPA password over WI-Fi networks. It is also useful to crack various password hashes. To use this tool you just need to upload a handshake file and enter the network name, the rest will be done by the CloudCracker. This tool has best chances to crack the target as it includes a combination dictionary of 300million words to attack.
Download Cloudcracker: https://www.cloudcracker.com/
OmniPeek also works fine by sniffing the target networks packet transmission. The tool is used to collect and analyse wireless traffic. This tool is not open source and supports only Windows platform. One of the good things about OmniPeek is that it can work with any ordinary network interface cards available in market and can be used for network troubleshooting. The disadvantage or demerit of it is that you need to have a good knowledge of network protocols. It also supports plugins and many are available in market already.
So the concluding statement for this article ’10 Wireless Network Hacking Tools and Software” is that above tools are the best ones available to hack in any wireless network. The main use that you will be seeking from them is the free internet access. From our experience they work best, but it may be illegal to use these tools in your home country. So we do suggest you not to misuse it. They will surely get you access to free access but also helps to troubleshoot internet issues in your network.
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