How easy is it to crack the password on the wireless network?
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I’ve got a lot of neighbors around, all of them with wireless networks with a password. Curious: how easy is it to connect to them?

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  • James Bruce

    *Generic lecture about morality and legality of hacking networks* <- Insert here

    Then read this:

    WEP = easy, 5 minutes. Anything else – give up now. 

    • Anonymous

      yap i gaved some links and also it may not work if neighbors secured the access, also hacking is more illegal than legal.

      A hacker must know the way to hack and also how can network be protected.

  • Richard Carpenter

    This is would be considered theft of service in a lot of states, If a ISP drives be and catches it, which has happened, you could get in a lot of trouble. The Jail or Fine kind….

    • James Bruce

      Actually, ISPs dont hire their own private police force to drive around and catch people doing this, suprsingly. 

      I think what you meant to say was that if someone you hacked was able to record evidence of you illegally accessing a secured network, and was to report you for wire fraud, you could be charged as such by the police. There have been very few cases of this actually happening. More likely is that you will be stopped by the police whilst “wardriving”, who will then question why you have a large antenna and laptop setup, and will then attempt to requisition the computer for either wire fraud or anti-terrorism. 

    • Richard Carpenter

      I did mean driving around in vans, One of the local ISPs here has done it before, but I don’t actually know how effective it was and no idea how many times. They caught a large, really large, group of people “sharing” internet, and went on a big venture to stop it anything in the like. But all that said, It is extremely more likely that your neighbor would catch you long before your ISP. I personally use AirSnare, and have access point setup as a honey pot. 

  • mahla

    You dont know wa you talking bout areyou a looserz.

  • Jeff Fabish

    Hi Natali,

    This depends on which encryption scheme is implemented. An experienced hacker can crack a WEP encrypted network in about ten minutes or so. Most routers by default chose WPA encryption instead, though. WPA and WPA2 are usually more difficult to crack, but this greatly depends on the key the administrator of the network chose to secure the router. 

    We’re not allowed to teach you how to illegally gain access to networks ;) Take a look at this article though.

    – Jeff

  • Mike

    It always depends on the encryption (WEP, WPA, WPA2), length and strength of the password ~ from 5 minutes [on your old-age netbook] to 500 years [on a super computer].

    The more of the following tips are taken into account the longer it will take to crack the password.

    You will always want to avoid WEP because it’s the easiest crackable. For WPA/WPA2 one should go for a password with random upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters somewhere from 8-16 characters.

    General tips being:
    – avoid words from dictionaries [of any language]
    – avoid personal or geographical details (location, name, birth date, …)
    – change it regularly

  • Anonymous

    Always use WPA or WPA2 encryption when possible. If your using WPA with a pre-shared key, use a strong password.

    How To Crack WEP and WPA Wireless Networks

    It takes some work and knowledge

    if you suspect that someone is hacking your network then Use a Network Monitoring Software Tool. or access your wireless control panel, view the DHCP client table, which shows the active IPs on the router. That should let you know what devices are accessing the router

    • James Bruce

      He asked how to hack the networks, not secure his own. What an irrelevant answer.