Posts tagged: Wi-Fi Hacking

Mar 01 2014

Outernet – Free Global Wi-Fi Internet Access from Outer Space

Outernet Free WiFi Internet Access The Outernet is a global networking project currently under development by the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), a United States-based non-profit organization. The Outernet’s goal is to provide free access to internet data through wifi, made available effectively to all parts of the world.

How Does it Work?
Outernet consists of a constellation of low-cost, miniature satellites (CubeSats) in Low Earth Orbit. Each satellite receives data streams from a network of ground stations and transmits that data in a continuous loop until new content is received. In order to serve the widest possible audience, the entire constellation utilizes globally-accepted, standards-based protocols, such as DVB, Digital Radio Mondiale, and UDP-based WiFi multicasting.

The network would initially support only one-way traffic, with two-way traffic being implemented once adequate funding is raised. Initial prototype satellite deployments is planned for June 2014, with the final deployment run scheduled for mid-2015. According to MDIF, the initial content access includes international and local news, crop prices for farmers, Teachers Without Borders, emergency communications such as disaster relief, applications and content such as Ubuntu, movies, music games, and Wikipedia in its entirety.

MDIF plans to formally request NASA to use the International Space Station to test their technology in September 2014. Manufacturing and launching of satellites would begin in early 2015, and Outernet is planned to begin broadcasting in June 2015.

India based “Spacify Inc” is a private non-profit company by Silicon Valley based technocrat and entrepreneur Siddharth Rajhans along with Space debris mitigation expert Sourabh Kaushal, which is privately working on using this technology to provide global free wi-fi access.

Source: Outernet – Official Website

Feb 01 2011

Ubertooth One : A Bluetooth Network Hacking Tool

Ubertooth One is a cheap, open-source Bluetooth network sniffer. Unlike Wi-Fi, which has had a wide range of free network monitoring tools for years, Bluetooth has remained pretty closed. Michael Ossman is about to change this, with his Ubertooth Kickstarter project.

Ubertooth One

The Ubertooth One is a USB plug with an antenna, and a ARM Cortex-M3 processor-based board in-between. Plug it into your computer and you can use it with various wireless monitoring tools like Kismet. The Ubertooth allows you to use Bluetooth in monitoring mode. This “promiscuous” mode makes the radio pass everything that it picks up onto the host computer. Normally, wireless receivers will ignore anything not addressed to them. In promiscuous mode, you can sniff and gather data meant for other devices.

These tools can be used for testing network security, or for hacking. Kismet, for example (and derivatives like the Mac OS X version KisMac) can be used to crack Wi-Fi networks’ passwords.

Until now, Bluetooth monitoring hardware would cost upward of $1,000. Ossman’s device will cost just $100 and, because both the software and hardware are open-source, you can build your own.

Ossman demonstrated the Ubertooth One at the ShmooCon hackers convention on Friday. Future software updates will enable Bluetooth injection and expanded monitoring modes.

More Info:
Project Ubertooth [Sourceforge]

Ubertooth One on Kickstarter [Michael Ossman’s blog