NomadicHan wrote:Since the Monster connection is not protected, you could consider this wardriving. Any idea why I can't connect to it?
You're trying to associate (connect) to it. That isn't anything like wardriving. If you got a GPS in your car and figured out its location without obsessing over why you couldn't connect, I *MIGHT* consider it wardriving.
I suggest saving up for a cheapo access point on eBay, then enable WEP on it and try to crack it. That's how I learned.
I actually just count networks. There are starbucks, panera stores, tons of little restaurants (Buffalo Wild Wings, sports bars, etc) and independently-owned coffee shops which gladly offer free WiFi. You don't have to drive a mile in any direction where I live to find at least one place tha t advertises.
Criminals (and skript kiddiez) almost always operate on the principle of "low-hanging fruit". That is, they find the easiest targets to attack and that's pretty much it. If my intent was simply to find some vulnerable network to abuse so that I don't get caught by the RIAA or MPAA, I'd point my cantenna across the parking lot. Why in the world would I have more than *6,500* discovered stations with GPS?
(The answer to that rhetorical question is "because I want to catch up to hratch"
It's a sport. )
I'm a network security professional. I help people find and repair vulnerable networks. As such, I can't afford to have my reputation tarnished by a criminal record.
And for your information, real hackers and geeks don't waste much time on the low-hanging fruit. They look forward to taking apart and figuring out how to get around the most obscure and difficult puzzles.