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    Tracing hotspot owners

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    Having increasing number of students bring in their own devices and setting up unsecured mobile hotspots for others to connect to (thus avoiding our proxies and causing issues with campus devices connecting to them) - how are others dealing with this issue? Is there an easy way to trace back the owners of these devices?

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    DDoS the connection and see who looks worried?

    If you can see it from a wifi device, have a wander round the school and see where it's strongest.

    That'll narrow it down to a class, but after that it's pretty much the teachers job to monitor what their class is doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    DDoS the connection and see who looks worried?
    Route all traffic from default gateway to this device, see how hot the phone gets.

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    Its a pain when our faculty kit connects to them and then lose all network resources.

    Managed to connect to one just now via an android phone and then used the fing app to see a list of connected devices. Handy as it revealed the name of the device - now to try and trace the owner

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    walk round for a month, connect to each and start download a bunch of large files, it will soon were out their available credit.

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    Meraki has a feature that allows you to contain the 'rogue' access point and stop devices connecting to it. It may be worth checking if your wireless system has a similar feature.

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    Aerohive has a similar feature to Meraki where you can effectively 'drown out' any rogue AP detected on site. Not had a chance to use it yet...

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    Not sure of a method of locating them, however just a piece of advice - DDoSing or 'drowning out' any rogue AP by flooding the frequency etc... would potentially be illegal. So, don't go doing that unless you know you're not breaking relevant laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Not sure of a method of locating them, however just a piece of advice - DDoSing or 'drowning out' any rogue AP by flooding the frequency etc... would potentially be illegal. So, don't go doing that unless you know you're not breaking relevant laws.
    Just to make it clear, I was joking.

    The REAL advice was after that.

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    Could something like this:

    3G UbiCell Personal CDMA Base Station

    Be used to hijack mobile signals and prevent them from communicating with the local mast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Could something like this:

    3G UbiCell Personal CDMA Base Station

    Be used to hijack mobile signals and prevent them from communicating with the local mast?
    Don't think that'd work, as generally you have to get femotocells from specific networks to use the correct frequencies for those networks. Plus it'd be illegal to interfere with public phone connections.

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    God forbid......

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