ISAC Cambodia (InfoSec)

Wireless LAN Security Mega-Primer Part 9: Hotspot Attacks

In this video, we will look at hotspot based attacks. Most of us use public hotspots such as a Coffee Shops, Airport network etc. from time to time. We will learn how simple it is for an attacker to intrude your wireless privacy when you are on such a network.

The Attacker will scan the neighborhood to find all hotspot based access points. Then he will use airolib-ng to create a fake access point with the same ESSID as the hotspot. Once this is created, he will send De-Authentication messages to break the current connection between the authorized client and access point pair. Once the client is disconnected, it will try to reconnect back to the access point. At this point, if the attacker is closer to the client and has a higher signal strength than the authorized access point, then the client will mistakenly connect to the attacker’s access point. Once this happens, the attacker can get IP connectivity to the client and will be able to run tools such as Nmap and Metasploit to compromise the security of the client.

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Mr. OU Phannarith is one of the well-known cybersecurity experts in Cambodia and the region. He is the founder of the first leading information security website ( in Cambodia. He has been invited to present in global conferences, forums, and seminars and he was awarded in Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) in 2016 by (ISC)2 and in December 2012 as one of the top 10 Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) in ASEAN by the International Data Group (IDG). Mr. OU has been the Professor specializing in Cybersecurity.

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