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CPE Webinar Replay

How Hackers Use Open Wi-Fi to Breach Protected Networks


Wi-Fi networks, while convenient, can be abused by hackers to identify and attack devices belonging to employees of important organizations. Besides just hacking employee endpoint devices, hackers can even crack the Wi-Fi password to the office itself just from being near an employee's smartphone.

“Hacking with Friends” host, Kody Kinzie, demos how hackers use stealthy tactics like half-handshake attacks to steal Wi-Fi passwords, seize control of devices, and redirect employees of high-value organizations to malware phishing sites.


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About this webinar

Watch a hacker target a company employee at a conference to crack their employer’s network password, intercept their internet connection through a fake access point, and direct the user to a malicious site to steal sensitive data.

During this demo, we will: 
  • Use OSINT to find the Wi-Fi names of high-value businesses and create fake versions of that network to identify nearby employees
  • Capture and crack a Wi-Fi handshake from any nearby device trying to connect to our fake company network
  • Identify open Wi-Fi networks the target has joined before (like a conference or coffee shop) and force their device to connect to a fake version of the same network
  • Seize control of the target device & redirect traffic to malware phishing sites
Kody Kinzie Field Security Researcher, Varonis

Kody Kinzie is a security researcher at Varonis, with a background in Wi-Fi security and low-cost hacking tools. He hosts the Cyber Weapons Lab show on Null Byte's YouTube channel, the SecurityFWD YouTube channel, and the Varonis Security Tools podcast. Aside from Wi-Fi hacking, Kody also teaches about open-source intelligence, Python programming, and Arduino-based hacking tools.

“The level of governance and insight provided by Varonis empowered our team to detect and respond to abnormalities as well as user activity and misconfigurations.”

Al Faella, CTO, Prospect Capital Management

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