When I first heard that I was going to try to learn how to use SILICA I was pretty intimidated. Here I am, with no previous experience in computers or technology and I'm told to sit in front of this computer and get some passwords. Little did I know, this stuff is all automated. All I have to do is click some buttons. I swear, it is really that easy. SILICA does all of the hard work for you, which makes the wireless penetration testing simple even for the non-techies of the world (like me!).
Ironically, my first SILICA lesson was at a Starbucks. We were there for less than half an hour and I was able to steal my own password from myself using the Fake AP (stands for Access Point, btw) feature. I also learned that I needed to fix the security settings on my iPhone. All I had to do was some clicky-clicky and then wait and, lo and behold, I got my password (which I have now changed).
Another feature that I learned how to use in a few minutes was the AP mapping tool. I was able to figure out how to use the AP mapping feature in the office and in my apartment. With this tool, I was able to find the exact location of AP's in both places. Pretty interesting stuff. Below is a picture of the AP mapping feature finding an AP in my apartment.
|I didn't realize that I had to blur this out so you stalkers couldn't find my house! Learn something new everyday.|
Although I'd love to sit here and tell you that I figured this all out because I'm some type of genius and a super fast learner but that isn't the case. My experiences with SILICA combined with my complete lack of any technical knowledge is proof that anyone can learn how to use SILICA. While awesome, it has definitely been an eye opening introduction to the security world.