Anti makes wardriving childs play with a rooted Android phone

first_imgThere’s a lot of focus on security these days. Web security, keeping your passwords intact, and maintaining a secure online presence. Viruses, malware, and anything that can come from the web, right over your net conenction and cause an untold amount of devastation to your world. A valid concern, for sure, but I have found that by adjusting your browsing behavior and looking before you click can often remove most of the threat.Meanwhile, in the physical world, the Comcast guy never secured your network, and some kid in his Mustang is sitting outside your apartment filtering through your devices and data. You could get up and go look out your window, hoping to see a guy with a pair of laptops typing furiously and laughing as your network falls down around you, but all you see is a kid on his cellphone. How dangerous could that be? With Anti (Android Network Toolkit), chances are he could be more dangerous than you could ever imagine.Wardriving is nothing new. It’s the act of maliciously driving around in search for an open wireless network where you can cause some trouble, maybe steal some passwords, or mess up someone’s Facebook page. It’s kind of scary, especially if you’ve no clue how to make sure this doesn’t happen to you. When you combine the malicious intent with a highly mobile device like a smartphone, you run into a new problem.On its own, a smartphone isn’t very powerful compared to most computers. Trying to stand around and wait for a smartphone to crack a password could take days, weeks, months or even years depending on the encryption being used. Unless, of course, your smartphone is connected to a cluster of servers somewhere that is busy doing all of the heavy lifting. In that case, your smartphone becomes a pretty serious intrusion device. That’s the premise behind Anti.The way Anti works is simple: once the app has loaded you just get yourself onto a network and scan the network for “Local Targets”. When the list populates, you’re given three dots on the right hand side of each icon. If all three dots are lit up, you’ve probably got full access to that network. If only two of the dots are lit up, you can see some ports open, but you’ll need to do some work to get in. If you see one light lit, the machine is pretty well secure. All of this information is available in the blink of an eye to anyone who installs the app and runs a scan. No real knowledge is required.Once you’ve chosen a target, there are more than a couple pre-built, ready made options at your disposal. Many of the options you see here, like Cracker and Attack, require that you purchase credits from the owner of the service. Credits purchased translate to time the servers spend on the talk you have given them, like a laundromat for would be hackers. The Android phone being used in these operations will need to be rooted, so not everyone could just install this app and go crazy, but let’s be clear; the people interested in this app already have rooted Android phones.This app isn’t in the Android Market, and as I understand it right now it is in private beta. Anybody who knows how can install this on a phone and pop into your network for a visit. The only real defense against it is to have a secured network, and even that’s not a guarantee. Anti makes it so that anybody can misbehave if they choose to. No prior experience required, really, and that’s what makes it so dangerous.last_img

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