Degree: BSc Computing (Computer Networks and Cybersecurity)
Project title: An Investigation into the Security of a Typical Home Network
The project conducted aimed to investigate how secure the typical home network issued from an ISP in today’s landscape. By utilising an average topology for most home networks, the project began attacking the network with attacks, most notably the deauthenticattion attack.
From using this form of attack, an attacker would be able to gain access to the 4-way WPA handshake between an access point and an end device in order to begin a brute force password crack in order to gain access to the network. Once in the network, the attacker is free to deploy any further attacks they deem fit.
The project then attempted to identify if these attacks could be prevented however the flaw is with the 802.11 protocol and as such any attempts to prevent this form of attack have failed. The only solution to this issue was to either upgrade all hardware used within the network including end devices to a device that supports the 802.11w protocol as well as using complex passwords across the network to make a brute force password crack near impossible in any reasonable amount of time
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