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Global Warming = WEP Cracking suxx0rz

I inherited a Dell Axim X5 PDA. Among the accessories I got for it includes a small compact flash 802.11b nic. It runs MS Pocket PC 2003, and I gotta say the UI had me enticed to actually using it productively within seconds .. yet the complexity for it can unfold slowly and easily as I explore deeper into it as the need arises.

Immediately I wanted something that could browse the local wireless networks to find something open that I could hitch a ride on. So I started searching. Among the utilities I find, the concept of 64 and 128 bit WEP cracking comes into light. These encryption techniques are long in the tooth and the flaws within them are well known. As such they are not secure and utilities that allow you to crack them within just a couple of seconds are free and readily available.

Well .. not necessarily so. As I found in one forum. Someone was trying to find such a utility for a PDA running PPC 2k3. Hey, this is a neat idea, I think. And here are the responses I saw to an otherwise mature and purposeful discussion of porting over a wep cracking utility to PPC 2k3:

"there is no legitimate reason to be cracking wep on a PDA. Any true IT professional would have a notebook configured to do it, and cracking it on a PDA would just lead to bad things. There's no reason for it."

"I still see no need for a PDA WEP cracking tool."

"I believe that this is the moment of truth: we can now either bin/ban him, fire up the BBQ, or simply close this thread."

"Personally I would have liked to have seen (this) thread locked the day it was opened. Why would you EVER need to crack WEP on a PDA (or on any system for any reason)?"


Further research indicates a vast difference in opinion on WEP cracking, ranging from finding it as a useful demonstration of poor security, to godless hethens who want nothing more than to support the fall of democracy and free reign of the devil on the planet. You'd think I did research on abortion with the # of opinions out there.

So THIS is where all the alt.usenet.furry.loser.sysadmin.netkooks went to. Arguing WEP cracking ethics and morals.

Well I got news for the less intelligent ones who want to cover up this huge "secret" .. Psst. It's not a secret. Here's my part to making sure all you folks out there who think your WEP is secure, isn't:


And a utility for cracking WEP keys -from- your PDA ...


- This file is Retina's free WiFi scanner with WEP cracking abilities. I downloaded it and mirrored it on my site to bypass the annoying email address collection techniques they use to download the files from Here

IMO: Bad security is worse than no security. People /RELY/ on bad security.

In other news, we saw the movie "Serenity" last night. It was excellent .. I didn't watch much of the Firefly series prior, but now this makes me want to.

Unfortunately the theatre started out with a very annoying intro trailer/advertisement for www.globalwarming.org ... watching a bunch of kids portrayed to be lawyering against the big mean evil corporate empire bigwigs who 'technically own the planet' ... this annoyed the hell out of me.

I see Global Warming is starting to make a comeback. Well. I hate to say it, but the earth isn't warming up people. It's -cooling off- .. and for every argument and measurement that shows otherwise, I can present at least two more that support this fact. For those curious and not caught up in the save the planet craze, I suggest you go read Michael Crichton's "State of Fear" if you haven't already. It does a great job portraying just how far from the truth a lot of people live, and why.

- Keman


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Oct. 4th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
I have no doubt that human activities can change the composition of the atmosphere, but its not like we'll be roasting tomorrow. If all the fossil fuels on earth were simultaneously burned the air would still be breatheable. anyways by the time it can do any serious harm we'll have another energy source anyways. there's only so much petroleum left.
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Beleive it or not, there are actually PROTESTS against natural power sources. They wanted to build a windmill farm off the coast of new england and it was shot down because it would "Destroy landmarks and ruin the vistas"

In europe they're having a problem with protestors who think they look bad. We are such a ditzy species.
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
A lot of the older generation meterologist PhDs were elbowed out of the way because they refused to support the global warming crusade.

Oh, and I'm surprised Galen doesn't get on your case for wireless hacking ^.^
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
That "elbowing out" really bugs me. I want to know the truth on everything. Being seperated from the truth because of someone or some groups self righteous crusade is ... basically the #1 thing that bothers me at this point in life. I don't like being manipulated to support a 'cause' ...

As for the wireless hacking. What case is there to be gotten on? Ohhh n00hhzz, I'm a haxx0r stealing bandwidth!!!!111

I do what my pack wants to. None of them are in to hacking maliciously.

Beware the day that changes. :P

- Keman
Oct. 4th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
Eh, whatever. I have my rifle and ammo for when civilization falls ^.^

The truth is, it's all in who is talking about it. That's a flaw of the science generation, the idea that there is quantitatively an absolute and provable truth. It's all relative, we may actually have raised the temperature a few degrees and the implications down the line might wipe us out. Then again, the scale of chance there is right alongside the lines of a metor hitting you when you're on your way to work.

Everyone wants to have some cause or another. Among us, we kinda live for our friends. (I think) But we're in no possition to question someone elses cause (crusades are what bring us together for our best and worst acheivments) Then again, no one else is in a position to call us out for it. Relatively speaking you have just as many rights as you're willing and able to take. If you get mad at charismatic and manipulative causes, it just shows that you're not really prepared for what to expect regarding human nature.
Oct. 4th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Totally unrelated to all the tech talk:

I'm a great big ol' nerd at heart, an' man, I sure do love Firefly. You should try to get ahold of the series, as I found the individual episodes to be much more entertaining than the movie. ...well, for the most part, anyway. The movie had some rather big surprises (Wash!), and it finally showed River's true potential, but...eh...it seemed a li'l more artless than the older stuff. Definitely worth it. *nod*
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