It’s time to go to work. 10:13 a.m. on a Tuesday is as good as any I guess. I personally prefer to work during the day unlike my peers who like to ply their trade in the dark of night. Maybe it has to do with their mindset or the knowledge that what we do is supposed to be wrong and it affects how/when they work. Not me. I have no preconceived notions about what I do. I do it for the money. I throw my laptop into the car and head for a neighboring township full of juicy targets. You see, I am a hacker with a specialty just like any other professional.
I prey on doctors, lawyers, and accountants. I break into their networks, encrypt their data and hold them for ransom. I chose these targets for two reasons. One, I know their insurance will pay for it and two most don’t want the negative publicity nor the attention of certain government entities and would rather just pay to make their problem go away. The other thing I like about them is they are conveniently clustered together around hospitals and banks. The doctors’ offices are especially tasty morsels because you can go sit in the waiting room of one for two hours and scope things out and no one seems to notice. Even if they do you just say “I am waiting for my mother” and they go away.
Now for the real reason you are reading this; the “how do I do it” part. Remember that specialty I mentioned above? Well, mine is wireless. Specifically, I can breach almost any wireless network manufactured today. I drive through the business communities I want to victimize with a program running that gathers the names, locations and levels of security of all the wireless access points in the vicinity. I look over the list the program generates, choose the sites that have either no encryption or weak encryption and then I go to work. I have programs that can crack a WEP secured network inside of 3 minutes, 10 on a bad day. WPA networks are a little harder to crack and WPA type 2 is the hardest, but by no means impossible.