Wi-Fi is now an important part of our daily life. We use Wi-Fi to connect our devices together and access the Internet wirelessly. Most of the people have their own personal wireless home network. These wireless networks are generally password protected. What if you want to connect to a WI-FI network without asking for the password from network owner. You can try cracking the password of the network with available wi-fi cracking tools. If you are not sure what tool to use, you can read this post to know more about Wi-Fi password cracking tools.
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WEP and WPA
Basically, there are two kinds of vulnerabilities that can be found WiFi LAN. One is the poor configuration and second is the poor encryption. Reason for poor configuration is network admins. They can setup network without a password or default configuration that can be hacked easily. Poor configuration is related to security keys used to protect the wireless network. WEP and WPA also have issues.
Wireless networks use WEP and WPA security protocols. WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy ) is deprecated security protocol which was introduced back in 1997. It was weak and has several serious weakness. Cracking of the network with WEP security was easy. TO overcome the weakness, WPA (Wi-Fi protected access) was introduced. It has two versions 1 and 2. This is why we call WPA and WPA2. WPA is the current security protocol used to secure wireless networks.
There are many tools that can crack Wi-Fi encryption. These tools use brute force attacks on WPA/WPA2 to guess the password or take advantage of WEP weaknesses. In this article, I am listing 5 WiFi cracking tools to either get lost WiFi password or get access to other person’s WiFi network.
5 Best Wireless Password Cracking Tools
These are several wireless password cracking tools, but I am listing these best 5 tools
It is the most popular wireless password cracking tools. This tool can crack 802.11a/b/g WEP and WPA security. It the uses best algorithm to recover wireless passwords by capturing packets and perform standard FMS attack. Online tutorials are also available on its official website to learn how to use this tool.
It also comes with Linux distribution Live CD and VMWare image. This tool is at the top because it works both with WEP and WPA security. You can easily learn to use it.
CoWPAtty is another good tool that uses an automated dictionary attack on WPA-PSK. It has command line interface and uses a word list that contains passwords to perform the attack.
The tool is easy to use but it is slow. It users password dictionary and generates the hash for each work in the dictionary by using SSID. It comes with 172000 dictionary file (pre-computers file) for around 1000 most popular SSIDs.
AirSnort is a freely available tool for decrypting WEP encryption on Wi-Fi 802.11b networks. This tool is no longer in active maintenance but works fine. It passively monitors transmission, captures packets and computer encryption keys. It is available for Linux and Windows platforms. This tool is no longer maintained. So, most of the users have started using Aircrack-ng
This tool is no longer maintained. So, most of the users have started using Aircrack-ng
WepAttack is an open source Linux tool for cracking 802.11 WEP keys. Like other tools in this list, it also uses an active dictionary attack. It checks millions of words to find the working key for a known WiFi network. It only supports few WLAN cards, so you need to first check before trying this tool.
CloudCracker is an online tool used to crack WPA protected WI-FI networks. This tool also offers to crack of another kind of hashes too. It has a dictionary of around 300 million words to perform the attack.
Airjack is a Wi-Fi 802.11 packet injection tool. This tool is used to perform “man-in-the-middle (MiTm)” attack in the network. It can also be used to inject forged packets to perform DOS attack.
It seems that the official website of AirJack is no more. So, I don’t think this tool is in active development. But it was last updated in 2016. So, you can still try it.
In this article, I discussed 6 different WiFi password cracking tools, but there are lot more. These tools are used to perform an attack on a wireless network. You can also use these tools for monitoring and troubleshooting the network. These tools try dictionary attack to crack wi-fi passwords to give you access to other networks.
It is worth to mention that performing an attack on some network may be illegal. So, try these tools only for educational and learning purpose. We do not encourage illegal activities.
There are many other tools available in the market which offers similar kind of thing. Many paid tools are also available but these free tools work fine.