MoocherHunter released: Hunt down Wireless Moochers in Real Time
MoocherHunterâ„¢ is a mobile tracking software tool for the real-time on-the-fly geo-location of wireless moochers and hackers.
MoocherHunterâ„¢ identifies the location of an 802.11-based wireless moocher or hacker by the traffic they send across the network
Here is the Press Release sent to us by Julian Ho from securitystartshere
Singapore, May 20, 2008 — ThinkSECURE Pte Ltd
(www.securitystartshere.org) today announced the official public
release of MoocherHunterTM, ThinkSECURE’s free-for-end-user-use real-
time WiFi moocher/hacker tracking tool.
"We developed MoocherHunterTM with two key purposes in mind: first, to
assist law-enforcement officers in hunting down unauthorized WiFi users
in real time, and second, to enable any owner of an 802.11-based
wireless access point to identify whether an unauthorized person is
using their access point and give them that same capability to hunt
down those unauthorized users," said Mr. Julian Ho, ThinkSECURE’s co-
Completely designed from the ground up with purely in-house code,
MoocherHunterTM was first demonstrated to SouthEast Asian law-
enforcement officials at a closed-door event in early 2008.
During developmental field tests in March 2008, a single ThinkSECURE
employee armed with MoocherHunterTM and a directional antenna was able
to isolate and geographically locate the physical location of a
wireless moocher who was using a test access point. The tests were
done across different multi-storied-multi-tenanted residential and
office environments and the results were obtained within an average of
30 minutes of initial detection and with a positional accuracy of as
close as 2 meters.
"With MoocherHunterTM, the physical disconnect between the wireless
network infrastructure and the wireless moocher or hacker, which has
been used by various individuals as a shield to mask illicit activities
involving wireless networks such as warez-downloading, illegal-file-
sharing, seditious forum postings and so on, is no longer a defence,"
said Mr. Ho.
"Our approach in designing MoocherHunterTM rectifies the weaknesses
inherent in using static-positioned access points or expensive
commercial handheld PDA devices with ineffective non-directional
antennae to address geo-location of unauthorized wireless users.
MoocherHunterTM is available as part of our free-to-use OSWA-AssistantTM
wireless auditing and penetration-testing toolkit which can be used on
a user’s existing laptop...and free is always a good value
proposition," Mr. Ho added.
MoocherHunterTM is available in the latest release of the OSWA-
AssistantTM, ThinkSECURE Pte Ltd’s free-for-download wireless auditing
and penetration-testing liveCD toolkit. The toolkit can be downloaded
from http://oswa-assistant.securitystartshere.org .
For more details or if you are are a law-enforcement official or anyone
who wants formal training on how to effectively deploy and use
MoocherHunterTM, please visit