A sniffer is a program that monitors and analyzes network traffic, detecting bottlenecks and problems.

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Can I prevent my neighbors, whom I pay for shared internet (wifi), from seeing the sites I've visited?

I pay my neighbors to use their wifi. They have listed me as "guest" with a separate password from theirs. Is there any way to prevent them from seeing the sites I've visited? My browser history ...
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What is preventing us from sniffing the mobile phone communcation?

I'm learning wireless penetration testing. It really is amazing. But it made me wonder, what about mobile phones? They are also means of wireless communication. So, our entire voice must be in the air ...
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Does https prevent man in the middle attacks by proxy server?

There is a desktop client A connecting to website W in a https connection A --> W Somehow between A and W, there is a proxy G. A --> G --> W In this case, will G be able to get the ...
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Can a connected USB device read all data from the USB bus?

Is it possible for a (malicious) (hardware) USB device to access all the data that is transferred through the USB bus and then read/store this information, essentially sniffing all transferred data? ...
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How is wireless WiFi password cracked?

Let's say I have a wireless network that is password protected. What procedures can an intruder take in order to be able to gain access to my wireless network, or at least be able to decipher the ...
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What is the difference between Promiscuous and Monitor Mode in Wireless Networks?

In Wireless Networks, you can put your wireless card in Promiscuous or in Monitor Mode. What is the difference between these two modes ?
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sniffed packets , is there a way to put together the file?

I would like to know, in case an attacker manged to capture some packets from my network traffic, can he build from them a file or any easy to understand thing? I know that the TCP/IP protocol is ...
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How does FaceNiff work?

FaceNiff is an Android app that sniffs Facebook session ids. You must be connected to the same WiFi as the victim. It is said to be working even when WPA2 is present. How is it possible? I can decrypt ...
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Smartphone / GSM Sniffer

This question would be in the category of SmartPhone Sniffers. So we have sniffers that can show the packets that are being sent across a wired or wireless (802.11) network. I am just performing a ...
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Security measures against packet sniffing

I work in a environment where packet sniffing can be easily done . I was worried about my confidential data . Please suggest how is it done and precaution which i can take at client level.
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When are HTTP session cookies at risk over Wi-Fi?

If I'm using websites that do not use HTTPS, but I'm on a WEP-protected Wi-Fi network, are my cookies safe from being sniffed by third-parties? Are cookies only at risk during login, or am I at risk ...
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What else can be sniffed?

I'm a pentest newbie. Recently I've learned about sniffing in LANs. From the books and internet resources I'm studying, the sniffing (or packet capture) is always done on either Wired LANs (Ethernet ...
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How can I detect if someone is sniffing network packets on the LAN?

I would like to know if there is a product or software that can detect if there is a sniffer currently on the network? In other words is it possible at all to detect if there is a network card on ...
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Can an attacker sniff Mac addresses on a wifi?

If an attacker turns on wifi but doesn't have the security key to connect to an access point in range, can he still sniff packets that travel between the access point and clients connected to the ...
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extract from pcap all protocols found

I have some pcap files, and i would like just to get a list of protocols that are present on that pcap file. I would like it in a batch mode, not using wireshark I think tshark is able to do it, but ...
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How to check if wifi is safe while travelling?

I'm quite a bit of a traveller. So i tend to just stay with my smartphone and sometimes notebook. I'm not a security expert but i would like to check how to know if wifi is safe to use. For example, ...
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sniffing/recording GSM 3G signals

Is it possible to sniff or record and process GSM 3G signals (from some reciever) given that there is no other signals interrupting etc (the most comfortable conditions) Update (with some supporting ...
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How should I determine if an application transmits my credentials securely?

I need to know on what basis I can assess the trustworthiness of application usage (accessing private accounts) on public networks. As an example, I'd like to play Diablo 2 LoD while I'm at an ...
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Capturing and decrypting my own SSL traffic

When I use browser or wget to access another site, some sites will only use HTTPS / SSL automatically. When a site doesn't provide content without encryption, how do I capture what my computer sends ...
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Suspicious 'upstream' traffic

We are seeing unusual amounts of traffic heading upstream on our WAN connection, during the day our system can exceed (or attempt to exceed) the 1Mbps limit imposed on the connection. I have PRTG ...
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How to hack a switch connected network with static ARP?

For example, if there is a network with three computers connected to the same switch, Alice, Bob, and Eve. If Alice and Bob add each other on their own ARP list as a static ARP entry, and Eve wants to ...
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Cutting and sniffing fiberoptic cables - time before detection?

Suppose you'd cut a fiberoptic cable with two razor sharp mirrors, reflecting the traffic out into your sniffing device and then back into the wire again. How fast would you need to get the traffic up ...
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Mobile numbers capture and transmit data

will it be possible to build a low cost hardware/software device which can capture mobile numbers within a specified radius and then use that information to transmit an sms to those numbers? From what ...
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How to get hold of and use WPA session keys?

I'm testing sniffing and decrypting my WPA2 wifi network traffic. But when using airdecap to decrypt the capture file (created by airodump) using my WPA passphrase I only get broadcast traffic. If I ...
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Obtain credentials by spoofing WPA/WPA2 Enterprise network?

I have a large scale wireless network secured using WPA/WPA2 Enterprise authentication. Recently, I was made aware of the possibility that someone may use a dd-wrt router and a computer to spoof the ...
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is it possible to sniff email content inside network?

I am working in a IT company. I am using LAN for all internet activities. I send some email from my personal gmail account. My network administrator sniffed all email I send from LAN and he shows the ...
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How do you analyze an unknown network protocol?

Of course Wireshark can be used to sniff traffic - you can inspect each packet or chain of packets. But how would you do it smarter? Which tools do you use to identify behaviors or to automate the ...
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What might be the legal and policy consequences of traffic sniffing?

I found a security hole in an organisation in the UK with many employees. Login form sends user name and password in clear text to the public facing IP via HTTP. Initially I pointed this to IT but ...
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monitoring outgoing network traffic

The graphs for one server that I am using are showing consistent 7.5 kb/s outgoing network traffic that started a few days ago. How can I monitor/log/capture/analize this traffic to see what is it, ...
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Can a hacker sniff others' network data over a wireless connection?

Provided that the hacker knows the WiFi password if any (WEP or WPA), is he capable of sniffing network data of other hosts connected to the same access point?
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How do I protect myself against 'hole 196'?

I came across this question a while ago and read about hole 196. Is there something I can install on my laptop to protect it against WPA2 Hole196? Software (such as Snort or DecaffeintID) can ...
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Is there a way to sniff packets of a remote IP address?

I would like to know if sniffing packets of a remote IP address is possibole at all, if yes i would like to know : what is the success rate, i mean by that how much percent of the packets you would ...
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Sniffing IMAPS traffic! Are there any tools for this?

I've got a problem where someone has implemented a custom IMAP Server. I need to write a custom application to get a list of emails, and fetch messages. Problem is, every library I've tried to use ...
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Trying to figure out Gmail login in Wireshark

In my pentesting lab I'm using ettercap for do a mitm to a XP VM. I go to gmail, accepting the false certification, and here I start to sniff with wireshark. I put some false account like ...
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how can you view an HTTP request in transit?

In Google Chrome, sometimes you will see the https: protocol in the URL bar with a red strike through it. Clicking on the info button says that not all elements on the page are encrypted, and may be ...
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how to monitor a Wifi (802.11) network?

How to capture a sequential stream of data between two machines, making no assumptions about network layer protocols? On wired network, one can do it by ARP spoofing and then sniff the network. One ...
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sniff SSH password on the server

Is it possible on the server to log the password encoded by the remote user inside a log. I want to make a honeypot to see the type of user/password used.
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Is packet sniffing a risk on VPS? If so, what precautions should I ask my host if they take?

I'm wondering if packet sniffing is a risk on my VPS. Is it always a risk or are their precautions a host vendor can take? e.g. a switched network etc. If I wanted to ask my host what precautions ...
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How to sniff Bluetooth traffic using Android?

I have two Arduinos using Bluetooth to communicate one with another. Is it possible to sniff the Bluetooth conversation between the two devices? An Android solution would be great, I heard of hcidump ...
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How to use my WiFi to inspect its user traffic and to run MiTM attacks?

As part of a security research, I need to make my WiFi open, and to inspect the traffic of the ones who connect to it. Additionally, I need to be able to change the content of the webpages they see, ...
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Equipment required for sniffing data / address buses via EM emission

What kind of equipment would be required to sniff data from the electromagnetic emissions of data / address buses on an average motherboard? I'd imagine a sensitive hall probe, a faraday cage and ...
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Sniffing 2400bps v22bis modem traffic

I am working with alarm signalling systems at the moment, and they communicate with 2400bps v22bis modems. I would like to be able to intercept the traffic on the phone line as a proof of concept. ...
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Electromagnetic induction attacks - reverse TEMPEST?

I know that electromagnetic emissions from a device can be used to extract information from a system, e.g. TEMPEST or Van Eck phreaking. I also know it's possible to induce a signal into a ...
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I recently discovered that dsniff had been installed on my computer. What do I do?

I have recently discovered that a co-worker (who has sudo privileges on my machine) has installed dsniff, and it has been there for a while. I have no idea when they ran it (if at all), the only ...
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ARP-poisoning on wireless network - no packets

I've started working with ettercap and ARP-poisoning; however, I've sumbled upon some problems. I've executed the following command: ettercap -i wlan0 -w log -T -M arp:remote /192.168.1.254/ ...
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How to see whether the pcap contains RTP traffic?

I am analyzing the traffic of a VOIP application. I started up wireshark, and made sure no other application was using internet, and then had a a voice call on the application. Wireshark captured some ...
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Which Wifi encryption method is secure?

you may wonder apple just removed ethernet port from new macbooks which means we have to use wifi! i made a wifi hotspot with my windows laptop to use for my macbook (my modem don't have wifi because ...
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Sniffing the sniffer

A sniffs B while B is sniffing C. What's the traffic in A? Does A catches both B and C traffic or only B's?
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TOR and sniffing data

If I'm not mistaken, TOR works opening a random anonymous path between two hosts using others computers that have TOR installed no? Then... everybody can sniff the data of the others no? Just wait ...
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How to identify call stats about 2/3/4G users in a room?

If someone can please provide some advice about the following problem I am trying to solve it will be great. Scenario: A standard office room, with (say) a couple of people in it What I want to find: ...