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Faux networks

WiFi Pineapple Mark IV

Especially evil

Urban camouflage

Darren Kitchen

Here's a list of clients and MAC addresses of SXSW conference-goers connecting to the WiFi Pineapple Mark IV's faux networks. This image shows only the abbreviated MAC address, but by scrolling right the full address becomes visible.
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Here's a list of some of the open Wi-Fi networks that the WiFi Pineapple Mark IV impersonated. Some include "Cisco01316" and the Omni hotel's "OMNI-MEETING" network.
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An especially evil way of concealing the WiFi Pineapple Mark IV, inside this metal project box with an antenna and battery. With the attached magnets, it can be mounted to telephone poles or inside businesses, and run for 30 hours on a single charge.
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Think of it as urban camouflage--it blends into the environment.
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Darren Kitchen, 29, founder of Hak5 and creator of the WiFi Pineapple Mark IV. During just a few minutes in the lobby of the Omni Hotel here at SXSW, he disrupted dozens of Wi-Fi connections and rerouted them to his own "network" that replaced all Internet pages with a video of the Nyan Cat kitten flying through space. Someone with malicious intent could have done far worse.
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