Wardriving (War Driving) - The hobby of searching out and mapping 802.11b wireless networks. Also known as Warwalking, and War-riding, depending on the conveyance used. Originally coined by Peter Shipley of Dis.org
Main Locations: City of Edmonton, Red-Deer and Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Total APs found||66567||100%|
|APs with WEP enabled||17982||27.01%|
|APs without WEP enabled||48585||72.99%|
|APs with a Default SSID||18243||27.41%|
|APs with a Default SSID and no WEP enabled||5506||24.56%|
Static maps are no longer being maintained, see below for Google Earth interactive maps!
|Total map of Edmonton||March 19th, 2005|
|Detailed map of downtown Edmonton||March 19th, 2005|
|Detailed map of Sherwood Park||August 24th, 2004|
|Detailed map of St.Albert||August 24th, 2004|
|Detailed map of Spruce Grove and Stoney Plain||August 24th, 2004|
|Detailed map of Calgary||October 13th, 2003 (not regularly scanned)|
Interactive Map Data:
Insteadof generating static maps, I'm making my Wigle data available as a Google Earth .KML file. You need a pretty hefty system to load it as it's over 70,000 points.
Google Earth Data
Defcon X Wardriving contest
Worldwide Wardrive 1 -August 31st to September 7th - Red Deer, Alberta
Worldwide Wardrive 2 - October 26th to November 2nd - Pre-planning and aftermath
Worldwide Wardrive 3 - June 28th to July 5th - Pre planning and aftermath
Worldwide Wardrive 4 - June 12th to 19th, 2004 - Pre Planning and Aftermath
Details of my wardriving rig are available here
Writings and misc.
Latest revision of the 'Stumbler Ethic': v.02
The infamous CSIS documents about Renderman and the WWWD1
Renderman's Wardriving Presentation material archive
Analysis of the University of Alberta's Wireless network installation
How do deal with media How-To for wardrivers
WRT54G projects related to wardriving
Teddy-Net the Wifi Teddy bear project
Details on the 'Warpack' mobile warwalking rig built for Defcon
Perl script for filtering SSID's in Kismet
Info for visitors
I recieve alot of mail from people concerned that I might be accessing thier networks (no-one has been hostile yet), I'd just like say that at no time have I EVER connected to a network that was not obviously for public use (coffee shops, hotels, etc). I created the stumbler ethic for the community, it would be very irresponsible of me to break the rules I created.
If you are curious if I've scanned you, you can anonymously check if/when I have scanned you by using Wigle.net. I submit all my data to the site for statistical and housekeeping reasons. Use the online database query and enter your MAC address (usually on a sticker on your access point), or less accuratly, use your SSID. You will be able to see when I first scanned you and what information, including WEP status, I was able to detect. Remember, a question mark in the WEP status is a bad thing
If you have any further questions, just mail render (AT) renderlab (DOT) net and I'll answer them. I also have no problems making myself available to speak at any meetings or events in the Alberta area. I'll take any chance I can to educate people on security
Oh, and in case you are wondering, no, I won't share my raw data with you. Originally it was fear of prosecution, however now it's a matter of managability. My aggregate data is somewhere in the realm of 125,000 records, amounting to a several hundred meg NS1 file. That's not something I want to toss around like a volleyball. I've made my data available as a Google Earth file and all my data gets uploaded to Wigle. Whatever you should need you can get from there.