How To Hack WiFi Password with Reaver

Reaver – The latest WiFi Hacker Tool

Ever since its emergence in the world of technology over two decades ago, WiFi has become commonplace, the invisible radio frequency it uses is detectable in almost every populated corner of the globe.  Although it is usually associated with Internet connectivity and WiFi routers the frequency it uses, the 2.4Ghz spectrum is used for many more applications then most people realize.

Wireless baby monitors, Bluetooth, wireless speakers, wireless door openers, cordless phones and wireless CCTV systems, to name a few, are just some of the devices all around use that send billions of bytes of data through the air everyday without the majority of people even aware of it.

The speed of wireless data has grown exponentially over the past few years with ac routers now commonplace, with data transmission speeds in excess of 1.3 Gigabits per second, far exceeding the average Internet connection available to most people.

Despite advancements in WiFi speeds the technology which protects the WiFi router from a WiFi password hacker has not improved much, in fact a new, supposedly more secure system, Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) has a huge vulnerability which will be exposed in this guide.  The WPS vulnerability is not as easy to crack as WEP security which was demonstrated years ago but it does have the ability to hack WiFi which could not be accomplished even with a Brute Force attack.

We usually like to make our WiFi hacking guides as detailed as possible but this WiFi hack requires very little knowledge or training.

All that is required is a copy of your favorite Linux penetration distribution, either BackTrack 4, BackTrack 5 or the latest Linux Kali, a compatible Wireless (WiFi) adapter and some time and patients, the actual WiFi hack can take up to 10 hours or more.

Step 1.

Load up your Linux penetration distribution, either from a live USB, live CD or from your hard drive if you have chosen to install it, either as a primary operating system or as part of a Dual Boot alongside your main operating system.  And of course you can also use a Virtual Machine as described in the guide which can be found on our site here.

Step 2.

Put your compatible Wireless adapter in to monitor mode with eh following command.

airmon-ng start wlan0

Step 3.

Type the following command.  This will display all the WiFi access points (AP) in range of your computer which have WPS enabled and which are locked and which are unlocked. You want to choose an AP with ‘No’ in the ‘WPS Locked’ column.

wash -i mon0

Step 4.

Once you have chosen a suitable router to hack then just copy the router MAC (network BSSID) address and type the following command (replacing xx.xx.xx.xx.xx.xx with the MAC address the of the router which you wish to attack).

reaver -i mon -b xx.xx.xx.xx.xx.xx -vv

Step 5.

Wait. There really isn’t much more to this method to crack the WiFi password, it just takes time, usually between 5 and 10 hours and sometimes more.  You just need to leave it running and after a certain amount of time it will give you the WPS PIN and WPA/WPA2 password.

So we hoped you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to check out our other WiFi hacking guides on this page.