13 popular wireless hacking tools [updated 2021]

Wi-Fi is prevalent. Many of these wireless networks are password-protected, and knowledge of the password is required to get online.

Wireless hacking tools are designed to help secure and attack these wireless networks. Some are designed to help gain access to the network password and the network itself. Others provide information about the structure and traffic flowing over the network, informing later attacks.

There are several popular tools for Wi-Fi hacking.

Wireless networks and hacking

Wireless networks are based on IEEE 802.11 standards defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE ) for ad hoc networks or infrastructure networks. Infrastructure networks have one or more access points that coordinate the traffic between the nodes. But in ad hoc networks, there is no access point; each node connects in a peer-to-peer way.

Two types of vulnerabilities can be found in the Wireless LAN. One is poor configuration and the other is poor encryption. Poor configuration is caused by the network admin who manages the network. It may include a weak password, a lack of security settings, use of default configurations and other user-related issues. 

Poor encryption is related to security keys used to protect the wireless network. These

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