If this is your first time with this word then let us explain that War Driving is not about hostilities (though it’s possible!). It is the activity of driving around in a vehicle equipped with wireless gear looking for unsecured wireless networks. Hackers do it to hack and access protected Wi-Fi networks but there are amateurs too who scan the RF environment just for the fun of it.
This how-to video breaks War Driving into six basic steps –
- Get a laptop (or notebook) with onboard Wi-Fi or use a USB Wi-Fi adapter that supports an external antenna.
- Connect the external antenna to a GPS receiver for mapping the locations.
- Install free Wi-Fi sniffers like NetStumbler (for Windows) or Kismet.
- Place the antenna on the roof of the car, make the connections and plug-in the PC to the power adapter.
- Get someone to drive you around.
- Fire up the software and start scanning for unprotected Wi-Fi signals while you drive around.
WarDriving can be a blast but be mindful of the ethics of tapping into someone else’s network.
Don’t forget to look into our previous posts on Wi-Fi hacks.