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BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner's Guide

By : Vivek Ramachandran
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BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner's Guide

By: Vivek Ramachandran

Overview of this book

Wireless has become ubiquitous in today’s world. The mobility and flexibility provided by it makes our lives more comfortable and productive. But this comes at a cost – Wireless technologies are inherently insecure and can be easily broken. BackTrack is a penetration testing and security auditing distribution that comes with a myriad of wireless networking tools used to simulate network attacks and detect security loopholes. Backtrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing Beginner’s Guide will take you through the journey of becoming a Wireless hacker. You will learn various wireless testing methodologies taught using live examples, which you will implement throughout this book. The engaging practical sessions very gradually grow in complexity giving you enough time to ramp up before you get to advanced wireless attacks.This book will take you through the basic concepts in Wireless and creating a lab environment for your experiments to the business of different lab sessions in wireless security basics, slowly turn on the heat and move to more complicated scenarios, and finally end your journey by conducting bleeding edge wireless attacks in your lab.There are many interesting and new things that you will learn in this book – War Driving, WLAN packet sniffing, Network Scanning, Circumventing hidden SSIDs and MAC filters, bypassing Shared Authentication, Cracking WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption, Access Point MAC spoofing, Rogue Devices, Evil Twins, Denial of Service attacks, Viral SSIDs, Honeypot and Hotspot attacks, Caffe Latte WEP Attack, Man-in-the-Middle attacks, Evading Wireless Intrusion Prevention systems and a bunch of other cutting edge wireless attacks.If you were ever curious about what wireless security and hacking was all about, then this book will get you started by providing you with the knowledge and practical know-how to become a wireless hacker.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
BackTrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing
About the Author
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Staying up-to-date

Security is a very fast advancing field and you will find that if you are out of touch for even a short period of a couple of months, part of your knowledge may become obsolete. In order to stay up-to-date, we recommend using the following avenues:

Mailing Lists: has multiple mailing lists, which are focused discussion groups for technical discussions. Among others, we would recommend subscribing to the to stay in touch with the latest updates in the field.


The Aircrack-NG site is the best resource to stay updated on new tools in this suite. Created by Thomas d'Otreppe a.k.a Mister_X this is probably the best tool out there for WLAN hacking:

Among my personal favorites is Raul Siles' website which contains a detailed list of tools, papers, research articles, conference materials, and much more, all dedicated to wireless security:

Joshua Wright's blog, though not very regularly updated, is the definitive place for the latest on WPA-Enterprise attacks:


Hacker and Security conferences such as Defcon and Blackhat have excellent talks and workshops each year on various topics in security, including wireless security. Most of these talk videos and course materials are released free of charge online. It would be good to follow these conferences

  • Defcon:

  • Blackhat:


BackTrack as a platform is evolving constantly. It's important to ensure that your copy is always the latest and greatest! The following websites are the first place for any release announcements

  • BackTrack website:

  • Offensive security: