Advanced Ethical Wi-Fi Hacking with the ESP8266 Deauther
What you'll learn
- Ethical Hacking of Wi-Fi devices with a cheap ESP8266 microcontroller
- Using Wi-Fi microcontrollers for pentesting and red teams
- Wi-Fi basics and advanced Wi-Fi hacking techniques
- Targeting smartphones and IoT devices
- Command line basics and Wi-Fi pentesting frameworks
- Wi-Fi surveillance and signals intelligence
- Students must have an ESP8266 based microcontroller
- Students should have Arduino IDE installed
- Students will need a micro USB cable that supports data, NOT a power only cable
- Students should have Python3 installed
This ethical hacking course walks beginners, computer science students, or cybersecurity professionals through advanced Wi-Fi hacking techniques using a cheap and easy to find microcontroller, the ESP8266. You can easily find these boards on websites like Amazon and Aliexpress.
To get started hacking Wi-Fi, it's usually necessary to have a wireless network adapter that supports the kind of attacks hackers use. Cheap and easy to find development boards based on the ESP8266 offer an alternative to this, and can be pre-programmed with a framework supporting advanced Wi-Fi attacks.
Using the Wi-Fi Deauther loaded on this $5 microcontroller, we'll learn to scan and identify Wi-Fi devices, create fake networks, jam network connections, and even learn where nearby devices have been.
We'll also practice advanced Wi-Fi hacking techniques to defeat privacy measures built into modern smart Wi-Fi devices. This includes revealing the true MAC address of devices using MAC address randomization, forcing a smart device to connect to a rouge network from a safe one, and serving a basic phishing page to captured devices.
For red teams, penetration testers, or anyone wanting to get into Wi-Fi hacking on a budget, this class will teach both basic and advanced techniques for Wi-Fi signals intelligence and hacking.
Who this course is for:
- Cybersecurity professionals
- Ethical hackers
- Penetration testers
- Computer science students
- Infosec beginners
Kody Kinzie is a security researcher at Varonis, with a background in Wi-Fi security and low-cost hacking tools. He hosts the Cyber Weapons Lab show on Null Byte's YouTube channel, a soon to be released show for Hak5, and the Varonis Security Tools podcast. Aside from Wi-Fi hacking, Kody also teaches about open-source intelligence, Python programming, and Arduino-based hacking tools.
I am a security researcher and computer science student from Germany, and the creator of the ESP8266 Wi-Fi Deauther. I specialize in designing low-cost, open-source hardware hacking tools to make ethical hacking accessible to anyone interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity. My other designs include the Wi-Fi Duck, the Wi-Fi satellite, and the Arduino PCAP library.