A Quick Guide to Wardriving
The Wi-Fi revolution has brought a lot of freedom indeed. Freedom for our wireless devices, which have started to become more lightweight, and thus portable. And freedom for us, who have started to enjoy browsing the net from the comfort of our bedrooms, without being tied by cables.
These days, lots of people deploy 802.11b wireless networks in their homes. Sadly, many of them forget to take the basic measures that would protect them against all sorts of digital threats.
As a result, a new activity has been invented: wardriving. It is what hackers do, putting up together a hardware / software combo, and then cruising the streets with the goal of discovering and breaking into your Wi-Fi network. Then, they share the results and your GPS coordinates with their fellows.
It's a bit scary, but your network's name, location (and sometimes even the password!) may be listed somewhere on a forum, and a few people may be using your Wi-Fi network, connecting to your devices and accessing your files right now. So, what can you do about it?