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WLAN Security- Attack Yourself to Stay Sharp

Back in February of this year, I ran a “Deep Dive” session at the WLAN Professional’s Conference. The session description:
WLPC18sessionThis session was well-attended, and we had a lot of fun getting through a number of attacks. Since then, I’ve had a few occasions to break out the Pineapple again. Just the other day I was monkeying with something…


Which inspired me to put together a blog at my OTHER site, IT Toolbox. Have a look here and see if you agree that hacking yourself once in a while is a prudent thing to do.


The Wirednot Year-Ending Drone Blog

It’s been a busy year for drone-related articles from your’s truly. But that’s only because there’s a lot to talk about- and it’s far from over as drone technology gains a bigger foothold in the practical world. In this piece, I’ll hit on a somewhat disjointed list of drone-related points, and then review what else we’ve looked at on the subject to date here at wirednot.

  • Berkeley Varitronics Systems (BVShas been in the wireless tools/security game for a long time (they pre-date many of the bigger names in this space.)  The company is takng a page out of Fluke Networks’ playbook and describing how their Yellowjacket tool can help you track down an intruding drone and it’s operator. Check out the video:

  • Amazon  is demanding that the FAA accommodate the company’s desire to test drones for package delivery, under the threat of taking their efforts overseas. I don’t like Gizmodo’s characterization of Amazon as throwing a tantrum on the issue, but they do a decent job of telling the story here. (Hint for the FAA- Amazon may be researching more than package delivery- it would suck to see this kind of innovation and research leave the US.)

  • One company that is making a go at profitable use of drone technology is Aeryon Labs, Inc. With military, public safety, and commercial applications, Aeryon is a fascinating example of how drones can be used in a number of real-life use cases. Give their site a look and you’ll find your imagination getting quite piqued as you just know that this is just the start of bigger things for similar companies in the future.

  • One of my children is soon to graduate high school, and is considering going to college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (my own alma mater). What does this have to do with drones? It just so happens that ERAU has a major in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science. And when you graduate, there are jobs out there…

It should be obvious that the drone paradigm will continue to gain in both magnitude and dimension. There will certainly be more to talk about in the coming months, but here’s my drone year in review:

Network Computing Magazine

Drones- the Next WLAN Menace
Drones Take On Cell Tower Maintenance 


Fluke Networks Enables Drone-Centric Tower Operations
A Bit More About Drones, Wi-Fi, and Beyond

Others of Interest

Hak5 is doing a lot with drones
Adam Conway at Aerohive Networks is also doing a lot with drones

Am I the only one in the WLAN community thinking this is just fascinating tech to follow? Please let me know of any other IT-related or otherwise significant drone happenings.

Thanks for reading!

A Bit More on Drones, Wi-Fi, and Beyond

It started with a routine signature update to Fluke Network’s AirMagnet Enterprise. Add in a little media engagement and the fact that drones are all over the news for a number of reasons, and you have a lot of buzz around AirMagnet being the first WIPS to detect the presence and activities of the market’s favorite drone. 

Some in the WLAN industry are saying of drones “big deal, it’s a minor threat”. Others are calling it a timely recognition of a new concern to network security. Wherever you come down on the threat to businesses and business Wi-Fi from intrusive drones, here’s a couple of articles on the AirMagnet signature topic to pick from.

Now beyond AirMagnet calling the AR drones a threat, there are activities afoot that provide further food for thought. For example, Darren Kitchen and crew at Hak5  have parlayed technolust and interest in drones into some interesting activities.

There’s more from this group, but I caution you: watching Hak5 videos is addicting.

To get a glimpse of just how rooted drones of various types and sophistication are becoming rooted in our culture, do a simple Google search on “drones and higher ed” and you’ll find fascinating examples of students formally learning all about drones on the way to their eventual careers, and here’s an example.

And in case you’ve been living in a bunker under a gravel pit in Missouri, Amazon is proceeding with their seemingly goofy idea of package delivery with drones.

Sure, big drones can blast the bejeezus out of bad guys hiding in difficult terrain in far off places, and that’s where the bigger drone story has it’s roots. But there is a bigger drone story, and sooner or later it’ll touch ever more facets of every day life.

This is gonna be a wild ride whether you buy into drones as a threat to Wi-Fi or not.