WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) is a security protocol that protects wireless networks from unauthorized access. However, sometimes you may need to crack a WPA key to access a network that you have forgotten the password for, or to test the security of your own network. In this article, we will show you how to crack WPA keys with the best software available online.
Before we start, you should know that cracking WPA keys is not an easy task and may take a long time depending on the strength of the password and the speed of your computer. You should also be aware of the legal and ethical implications of cracking WPA keys, and only do it for educational or legitimate purposes.
What You Need to Crack WPA Keys
To crack WPA keys, you will need the following tools:
A wireless adapter that supports monitor mode and packet injection. This is a special mode that allows your adapter to capture and send packets on a wireless network. You can check if your adapter supports monitor mode by running the command iw list in a terminal and looking for monitor under Supported interface modes. Some of the popular adapters that support monitor mode are Alfa AWUS036NHA, TP-Link TL-WN722N, and Panda PAU09.
A software that can capture and analyze wireless packets. There are many software that can do this, but one of the most popular and powerful ones is Aircrack-ng. Aircrack-ng is a suite of tools that can perform various attacks on wireless networks, such as capturing handshakes, cracking passwords, injecting packets, and more. You can download Aircrack-ng from https://www.aircrack-ng.org/.
A wordlist that contains possible passwords for the WPA key. A wordlist is a file that contains a list of words or phrases that can be used as passwords. The more words in the wordlist, the higher the chance of cracking the WPA key. However, larger wordlists also take longer to process. You can find many wordlists online, such as rockyou.txt, which contains over 14 million words.
How to Crack WPA Keys with Aircrack-ng
Once you have all the tools ready, you can follow these steps to crack WPA keys with Aircrack-ng:
Put your wireless adapter in monitor mode by running the command sudo airmon-ng start wlan0, where wlan0 is the name of your adapter. You should see a new interface called wlan0mon or similar.
Scan for nearby wireless networks by running the command sudo airodump-ng wlan0mon. You should see a list of networks with their details, such as BSSID, ESSID, channel, encryption, and signal strength.
Identify the network that you want to crack and note down its BSSID and channel. For example, if you want to crack the network with ESSID \"MyWiFi\", you may see something like this: BSSID ESSID CH ENC PWR
00:11:22:33:44:55 MyWiFi 6 WPA2 -67. In this case, the BSSID is 00:11:22:33:44:55 and the channel is 6.
Capture the handshake between the network and a client by running the command sudo airodump-ng -c 6 --bssid 00:11:22:33:44:55 -w capture wlan0mon, where -c 6 specifies the channel, --bssid 00:11:22:33:44:55 specifies the BSSID, -w capture specifies the output file name, and 06063cd7f5