Chapter    12

Securing a Wireless Network

At the Black Hat conference in August 2006, David Maynor and Jon “Johnny Cache” Ellch shocked the Mac community by demonstrating to the world something that hackers had known for a long time: the Mac could be hacked, easily. Maynor and Ellch, two security professionals with long-time careers in the security industry, were able to release what is known as a proof-of-concept attack by exploiting the wireless Atheros drivers built into the Mac operating system. Using a script called, which turned a Mac computer (with its wireless card turned on) into an access point, an attacker could gain control of an unsuspecting Mac user’s laptop. Another hacker script, called bad_seed, could then be run from ...

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