Wireless Attacks have grown to be a very popular as it’s an easy way to attack a company’s network and steal information. Hackers use various methods and styles to steal your WiFi password and information. Below are a few ways a hacker can attack your wireless network to gain access to your data. Make sure you have security protocols and measures in place to for each!
Rouge Access Point
When an unauthorized access point (AP) is installed on your network and broadcasts a WiFi signal (SSID) that a hacker uses to hack your network. For example, when we were hired to help a company figure out how they got hacked, we discovered an employee installed a wireless Linksys router (Rouge Access Point) under there desk to act as a switch to connect more devices to the network. The problem was they did not shutoff or put a password on the SSID the router was broadcasting and a hacker gained access to their network using the unsecured WiFi signal. Modern WiFi Controllers can identify rouge access points or they cannot their special tools that can. Also, make sure if you have open network ports in your wall deactivate them to prevent someone from connecting a rouge access point to your network.
Man in the Middle Attack
Hackers trick computers or mobile devices into sending their transmissions to the attacker’s system using various methods like creating duplicate wireless signals (SSID). If you notice you’re having issues with connect to a WiFi signal report to your IT Support team and let them determine the cause. If you try to connect to the WiFi signal again and again using the password the hacker may be using a tool to capture the password to use to access your network through the true wireless signal that connects to your company’s network.
War driving is when someone drives around with a WiFi scanning device and special software looking for vulnerable access points hack. They’ve even have taken it a step further and are now using drones to look for vulnerable access points in high rise offices. Ways to address this is turn down he power of your access point signal or hide your WiFi signal.
WEP Attacks: If your Wireless Network is using WEP Encryption to password protect it, you might as well call your WiFi SSID “FREE NETWORK ACCESS STEAL FROM ME”. Why? WEP is an earlier encryption method for WiFi that hackers have mastered how to crack quite easily. Not to get to technical, all a hacker has to do is turn on monitoring mode find your Access Points and runs some tools and they hacked your network. The is a simple fix. Make sure all your WiFi Encryption is turned to WPA2 and WPA3 (Latest Encryption) if possible.
Bluetooth Attacks: There are a variety of ways to attack a Bluetooth device that allows a hacker to takeover and steal information.
Bluejacking. This is the practice of sending unsolicited messages to nearby Bluetooth devices. It usually happens in crowded areas where a sender can find devices that are broadcasting their Bluetooth signal they can send messages to.
Bluesnarfing. Any unauthorized access to or theft of information from a Bluetooth connection is bluesnarfing.
Bluebugging. Allows an attacker to take over a device / phone. Attackers can listen in on phone conversations, enable call forwarding, send messages, and more.
Make sure that you put password protection on your Bluetooth device, keep you devices software up to date, and turn off your Bluetooth when not in use.