Mapping all the Wi-Fi networks in a small town in Norway

equipmentIn February and March of 2012, a fellow student and I performed some Wi-Fi data gathering as part of our Bachelor’s thesis. This activity, known as wardriving, consisted of driving in as many streets as possible in the city of Narvik, Norway, equipped with a laptop (running inSSIDer), a 25 dBi omni-directional antenna and a GPS receiver.

The purpose of the experiment was to determine the current distribution of security algorithms, in particular to see how many still use WEP almost ten years after its deprecation. Continue reading “Mapping all the Wi-Fi networks in a small town in Norway”

Many Norwegian webshops don’t care about their users’ passwords

One of the most basic things you learn as you begin developing software that handle user accounts and passwords, is the importance of storing their passwords securely. Storing passwords securely is done by storing the result of a one-way cryptographic function instead of storing the password in plain text in the user database. Which cryptographic function you as a developer should use is always an ongoing discussion that changes often.

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