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A Wi-Fi Wardriving Motorbike — With Plans Available

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the but-not-on-the-autobahn dept.

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mask.of.sanity writes "This custom Yamaha TRX 850 has been outfitted with wireless sniffing and attack tools, routers, a laptop, Raspberry Pi and even a heads up display integrated within the bike helmet. It was built from open source kit and cheap hardware by a security penetration tester who wanted to make his love of wardriving more nimble. The plans are detailed in a diagram and a video."

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It is however missing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42076491)

Wheels and a seat. There wasn't room.

All the better to defend in the zombie apocalypse (3, Funny)

Press2ToContinue (2424598) | about 2 years ago | (#42076511)

The zombies are coming, he'll be ready. Will you?

Re:All the better to defend in the zombie apocalyp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42076521)

Because in the zombie apocalypse, wifi is the thing you'll be needing.

Re:All the better to defend in the zombie apocalyp (1)

olsmeister (1488789) | about a year ago | (#42076579)

Yeah, that and Twinkies.

Re:All the better to defend in the zombie apocalyp (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 2 years ago | (#42079817)

Yech. You know those twinkies will get all dried out on the outside, and the inside will get mushy...

Re:All the better to defend in the zombie apocalyp (1)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about 2 years ago | (#42079841)

Yech. You know those twinkies will get all dried out on the outside, and the inside will get mushy...

Yeah, same thing with the zombies...

Re:All the better to defend in the zombie apocalyp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42076583)

If the government is smart, they will have hidden explosives in all of our cellphones and other portable computing devices. Thus, with the right tech you can make a relatively safe radius around yourself if the zombie apocalypse happens.

Is wardriving even a thing anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42076517)

With the level of modern wireless communications coverage?

Re:Is wardriving even a thing anymore (4, Interesting)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#42076655)

Wireless (cellular) still costs money, and ties your p0rn downloads to you. Sneaking onto some unsuspecting dope's unprotected wifi is much easier.

Still, the story seems a little odd. Penetration tools on a motorbike make no sense. Even at a walking pace, you are out of range before you can penetrate any other station on the network. On an idling bike, you would certainly arose suspicion.

The best you can determine is if it is open or not on a drive by.
But you can do that with any cell phone and Any of several Wardriving tools [] .

Nostalgia (4, Funny)

l-ascorbic (200822) | about a year ago | (#42076569)

Ah, wardriving. It's like 2001 all over again. I remember that long, hot summer. The smell of chalk on concrete, the taste of poorly secured WEP.

Re:Nostalgia (1)

timeOday (582209) | about a year ago | (#42076913)

I wonder how much wardriving it took to discover the nearest McDonald's or Starbucks where WiFi is available for free.

Only one criticism (2)

Arker (91948) | about a year ago | (#42076587)

Only one thing I see right off that is 'just wrong.' It looks like a stock sony vaio, I would not recommend operating any machine with a hard drive from a bicycle mount personally. A decent netbook with an SSD is going to be far less prone to catastrophic failure from normal use in this application.

Re:Only one criticism (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#42076679)

The cell phone in they guy's pocket probably does a better job as a war driving tool.

Park a motor bike outside my house and get on a keyboard and see how long it takes for me and/or the cops to be looking over your sholder.

i'd rather he (1)

ozduo (2043408) | about a year ago | (#42076593)

had fitted chuck style rocket launchers

Just have him come (1)

aliquis (678370) | about a year ago | (#42076645)

My WiFi is protected by Chuck Norris.

LOL ... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#42076641)

Sounds like someone has been watching the Matrix or something a little too much.

Herds of nerds driving geared up motorcycles so they can go around war driving. Very cyberpunk, kinda. Now he just needs a couple of swords.

And, it sounds like he's trying to do a little more 'black hat' kind of stuff, but at least he can make a fast getaway.

Of course, I can picture the pick up lines ... "Hey baby, like my custom motorcycle" .... "oooh, you're such a stud" ... "yeah, and it's equipped with custom wi-fi penetration gear and an integrated HUD" ... *crickets*

Re:LOL ... (2)

Anaerin (905998) | about a year ago | (#42076743)

You know, I can think of another customized bike ridden by a nerd, and all the adventures he got in trying to recover it after it was stolen. But I don't think Paul Reubens was in the Matrix... Or at least I hope he wasn't... Great, now I have a mental image of Paul Reubens dressed in black leather yelling "Tank! I need an exit! Or my bike!".

But does it have smartwheels? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year ago | (#42076667)


Google StreetView (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42076753)

So didn't Google get in all kinds of trouble for doing exactly this?

Other than that, once Six Strikes goes into effect, it'd be interesting to get a 'hang me in as many monitored torrent swarms as possible' app and generate as many "false positives" as possible. The more excrement that hits the fan, the sooner this madness will be all over.

Re:Google StreetView (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about a year ago | (#42077361)

Google is a company and publishing information.. He isn't ( i assume )

Conceptually wrong. (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | about a year ago | (#42076799)

Motorbikes are quick and agile, and just the thing for nipping through town with your messenger bag and Motorola GP300. If you're wardriving, that's going to suck, because you're going to go out of range of a lot of APs before you even scan round for them.

What you want to fit as a covert wardriving rig is a mini road sweeper.

Re:Conceptually wrong. (1)

drkim (1559875) | about a year ago | (#42077113)

What you want to fit as a covert wardriving rig is a mini road sweeper.

"Plumbing" van. No one looks twice if you're parked for hours - tons of space for gear in a concealed space in the back.

Re:Conceptually wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42077525)

And by coincidence no matter where you are in the city, you are 1500ft or closer from a school. Explain that one to the states attorney.

Re:Conceptually wrong. (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | about 2 years ago | (#42078327)

That's not much good for wardriving. you want something that can quite reasonably drive up and down the streets, covering every single one, really slowly.

Re:Conceptually wrong. (2)

Barny (103770) | about 2 years ago | (#42080097)

Outfit as one of the 'power line inspection' vans. You can drive nice and slow everywhere and potentially stop for hours at a time. Just get out and look up every hour or two, pad in hand, making notes.

Re:Conceptually wrong. (1)

Nethead (1563) | about 2 years ago | (#42084845)

Don't forget to put out your orange cones.

Streethawk (1)

Pugwash69 (1134259) | about a year ago | (#42077153)

I reckon he's been watchng streethawk.

heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42078379)

A war bike, really? More likely an attempt to spike site traffic and boost ad revenue

Wardriving? (2)

Fnord666 (889225) | about 2 years ago | (#42079061)

"I wanted to combine two things that I really love: Building and riding motorcycles and trashing wireless networks," Andzakovic told delegates at Kiwicon 6.

Guy sounds like a douche if you ask me.

Two things? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42081231)

The guy can't count either.

Why? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 2 years ago | (#42079105)

Why wardrive in 2012? Considering you've got:

A) Cell phones with 4G (LTE) coverage available in nearly every major area, if not 4G than 3G is pretty common in any reasonably populated area.

B) Everyone and their uncle has free wi-fi at their coffee shop/restaurant/hotel, etc.

Seriously, if you need to get your w@r3z t0rr3ntz why not just load up uTorrent on your Android Phone/tablet/toaster and go down to the local coffee shop and download it?

Yeah, back in 2001 it was interesting and fun because if you needed internet access your best bet was to find a place close to a router with an SSID of "linksys", but this isn't 2001 anymore.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42084895)

Agreed. If you're into the mapping part of it, keep in mind that every Android, iOS, and WP7 device is mapping wifi MACs and locations so that they can just use those to find your location instead of waiting for a sub-par pseudo GPS chip to get a fix. The corporations have way better data than we can make ourselves. We are their little worker bees.

I recently did a kismet scan with GPS enabled while riding up an elevator downtown just to see what I could get. While I found about 800 new access points (many belonging to lawyers and doctors and unsecured) I was just struck by the sheer uselessness of it. I'm not 12, so I'm not going to risk my ass trying to hack any of it. If I want's everywhere. I did upload the data to and the like, but I probably won't ever do that again.

Spies and Karma (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42079225)

And where the two shall meet? Safe to assume it will catch up to him, maybe a nail in his front tire while running 100mph downhill in a snow storm or the like. That's the article that will get some readers.. right where it feels good.

mod Up (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42079457)

Other way round is more interesting (1)

hackertourist (2202674) | about 2 years ago | (#42080423)

Years ago, there was a story [] where they used motorbikes with wifi to connect villages to each other and the nearest city. This was in Cambodia before cheap mobile phones, they had a Fidonet-ish setup where outgoing email would be uploaded to the motorbike and stored there for delivery to the next village or to an Internet-connected computer in the city. The company that set this up [] .

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