Get into any locked wifi

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iCafe, Dec 20, 2007.

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  1. iCafe

    iCafe New Member

    is there a way??
    luckily my neighbor has wifi and i use their signal on my home pc
    but sometimes with my iphone i get some locked signals i want to break through
  2. KNK

    KNK New Member

    You must have some nice neighbors that do not have security settings. There is not any program that I know of that can do that. It is also breaking the law. Can you imagine if your neighbor had that software, and he went on the network and wiped out everything on your hard drive???
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  4. JoeT

    JoeT Member

    To echo and amplify the above, even if it were legal and moral, there are several different security methods for WiFi which range from stupid-easy to crack to, well, forget-about-it tough. All would be impossible to perform with an unmodified iPhone; I have no idea what tools exist for a jailbreaked phone. You'd also require some knowledge on the 802.11 protocol and the various security methods, which you apparently do not posses.

    If you really want to get an idea of what's involved, Google the following:

    Mac address filtering

    That will give you a small taste.
  5. medicdad2005

    medicdad2005 New Member

    I think this post should be deleted!
  6. gerstyd

    gerstyd New Member

    My neighbor had an unlocked wifi, and one night while having a few ****tails, I just put a sticky note on his desktop that said, you should lock your Wifi, its not safe to leave it open. he locked it the next day.
  7. jaydoc1

    jaydoc1 Contributor

    How did you do that?! That's awesome!
  8. gerstyd

    gerstyd New Member

    Their computer has to be pretty unlocked.

    Go into network settings, do a search for other computers on the network, and theirs will pop up. Go through the root menu's till you hit their desktop and drag and drop. Done. You can also see all their porn, music, etc. I didnt really do any of that because it is illegal, but I thought the little note was fun. Didn't actually transfer any of his files.
  9. JoeT

    JoeT Member

    OH, the stories I could tell you. I was in the wireless security biz for years.

    One buddy of mine would find access points that were in their default configuration - meaning he knew the IP address and login name and password. He would change the SSID to "dumbass" and change the password so that the owner would have to reset it to defaults, hopefully configuring it so that it wouldn't happen again - and hopefully turning on some security.

    I've seen too many CompUSA/Best Buy/Wal-Mart employees telling people things to the effect of, "Take it out of the box, plug it in, and you're ready!" -- yeah, ready to get your wireless/network/PC compromised.

    You should also be aware that while the odds are kinda low, people HAVE been arrested for using residential wi-fi without permission. I'm just saying'.
  10. gerstyd

    gerstyd New Member

    Yes, getting arrested has happened. I remember once reading a story that a guy got arrested for boosting wifi, but he was dumb, and drove up in front of a house and started using it. The owner looked out and saw a weirdo with a weird glow in his car and called the cops. What a moron.

    Even though my computer and wifi is locked up as tight as I can make it, I still check every few days for computers on my network just to be sure. Living in L.A. with so many people living around me I trust no one. Also the reason why I wear tin foil on my head.
  11. JoeT

    JoeT Member

    That case was here in Florida. As with many criminals, a failure to fire the right neurons contributed to the arrest. :)

    What's funny is how many people claim that it's fine to use someone else's wifi without permission if they are able because "they left it open" - construing it as an invitation - but are somewhat reluctant to apply that standard towards their own car or home.
  12. gerstyd

    gerstyd New Member

    Thus the reason you use your little brothers computer, and you can laugh when the cops drag him away! HAHAHAHA
  13. x999x

    x999x New Member

    Apartment buildings and Business offices are always great places to find free wifi connections. One simple thing to do is educate yourself on the default settings for the majority of Wifi-enabled routers on the market. When you happen to find one with default settings you recognize, ITS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!!

    I just don't broadcast my SSID at home, and I restrict access to mac-addresses. I've had so many Wifi enabled devices over the years, I honestly forgot which IPs granted access are still in use... Oh well, so long as I've got enough bandwidth to post and download iTunes movies I'm fine with what I've got.

    Sometimes I like to look at the flip side of security, and wonder "Am I trying to keep people from getting in, or me from getting out?"
  14. eTEK

    eTEK New Member

    where do you go to do a search for other people on the network?
  15. Youngbinks

    Youngbinks Zealot

    When I'm at school in Gainesville the number of Wifi spots in the apartment complexes are staggering and every so often I see an unlocked one and just laugh at how unaware they must be to outside threats.
  16. patrickj

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  17. iCafe

    iCafe New Member

    hey guys , I never saw the harm in using others wifi, when I turn on my CPU I get like 5 different unlocked wireliess signals, I was unaware that I can access others files through their wifi... I now will only pick my own wifi off if the list, thanks for the knowledge everyone
    p.s no I don't think my neighbor are generous they are just ghetto and uneducated
  18. KNK

    KNK New Member

    Good for you, that is what I like to hear.
  19. JoeT

    JoeT Member

    Well, in all honesty, most would never notice and some might not care, but taking advantage of someone's lack of knowledge is usually a bad thing; karma and all, 'ya know? Heck, you could always ask your neighbor if you could use their wireless; maybe in the event that you have a service outage. I've heard of neighbors making that sort of arrangement with each other. If I really wanted to, I could cancel my internet service and sponge off the neighbors without them knowing it indefinitely - and I know enough to get around their security - but that doesn't make it the right thing to do. If you can afford a $400.00 phone, you should be able to afford your own internet/wifi....

    At the very least, you probably shouldn't be posting in public that you're doing something that might be (or is, depending) illegal; it could always come back to haunt you.
  20. gerstyd

    gerstyd New Member

    I use windows based machines so I go to my network places. Not sure on a mac.
  21. Tinman

    Tinman Evangelist

    Using an unprotected WiFi network is nothing at all like stealing someone's car.

    For starters I don't know of any operating system that advocated stealing cars. But that is similar to what happens when an OS allows automatic joining of open WLANs--and Apple created such an OS.

    Moreover, even on my iPhone if I join an unprotected network such as "linksys" it will auto-join any unprotected WLAN named "linksys." How many WLANs are names "linksys?" Many. How many cars work like that? None that I know of.

    I won't get into the moral implications but suffice to say I look at it more like rural areas that are required to have fences and/or signs in order for "no trespassing" to be enforced. In fact I could go even further and say the owner of the WLAN is practically trespassing by sending RF radiation onto other people's property.

    Finally, with technology comes responsibility--for both sides. The owner of a WLAN, kinda like the owner of an "attractive nuisance" has some responsibility to protect it. I don't really like having a fence around my swimming pool but I do because it is required of me and if I didn't have it I could be sued if God-forbid a neighbor's child died in my pool--even if they were in it without my permission. In the same vein my automobile insurance policy won't cover me if I leave my keys in the car--and leaving the keys in the car or leaving the car running is not even legal in some areas. Owning a car or pool come with responsibilities. I think owning a WLAN does too--and pleading ignorance doesn't cut it. You want to use technology? Then learn how to use it right...

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