There are a lot of posts about this out on the net already explaining how to do this so I am not going to repeat it here , but it is important, I think, to demonstrate to anyone that reads this just how easy it is for me or anyone else for that matter to crack into your router if you use a certain type of protection found on many many old routers called ‘WEP’. Most good routers now only come with ‘WPA’ passwords as ‘WEP’ is basically broken.
However I still am finding lots of people I know using WEP passwords so rather than sitting outside their house and cracking all of them one by one to prove it I thought I would write it up along with a demo video
of me sat outside my mates house, who I wont name, and cracking into his router in around 3 minutes. that I grabbed off youtube by the user drsativa51. the scary thing was, there were a lot of videos to choose from.
Once I or anyone else is inside your network then its over I can almost most definetly modifiy you router to kick you off the internet or download some nasty images that you should be looking at or simply scan you data and hand pick out any passwords ( that are not encrypted ) out of the air, or if you still running xp or vista then anyone with a little knowledge could easily crack into your PC stealing passwords, data or add a backdoor leaving access for ever.
You might not know your using WEP so thats fine and I dont blame you, really your ISP ( internet providers ) should have replaced your box knowing full well that you could get broken into any moment, and so protected there customer but of course that costs them money so they probably gave it a miss.
Its easy to think, as most people I talk to, that it doesnt really matter, but it does, it really does, leaving your network open in 2011 is like leaving your front door of you house open when you go to work, honestly if I am in you network and can basically take what I want and leave it wide open for me to return at a later date.
So enough talk, lets watch the video below.
Credit for this video goes entirely to drsativa51 . I had a video ready but for many reasons, each one as stupid as the other I have not been able to upload it.
Thats it I have his password and I am in, now its just a matter of going after what I want.
How to protect yourself
The easiest way, instead of me listing all the ways for all the routers would be to just ring me ( if you know me ) and I will tell you how to do it over the phone or if you don’t then post it up as a comment with your make and model of your router and i can walk you through it.
If you one of those independant types, then go ahead and google something like this ” How to change from wep to wpa ” following by you router name and model ( normally found on the back ), and you will find almost instantly someone explain how to do it.
Once you have changed thats it , you wont notice any difference , except now instead of taking me 5 minutes to hack in it will take me 5 years of constant attacks.
So go ahead and please, please do and like I said. So if i have done my job and your scared enough, but still cant quiet manage to sort it, remember just get in contact with me somehow and I will happily do it for you.
Take care and stop leaving you front door open.