HERT interviews Kismet's author, Mike Kershaw

    Date20 Aug 2004
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    4772
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Kismet is simply the best war driving tool out there plus it's free as in GPL. It runs on linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and even on your little linux PDA. The brain and guts driving its development is Mike Kershaw alias Dragorn, works during the day on IBM mainframes and hack kismet code at night. Mike graciously agreed to a HERT interview to tell us a little bit more about himself, his view on WiFi security and the future of Kismet. . . . Kismet is simply the best war driving tool out there plus it's free as in GPL. It runs on linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and even on your little linux PDA. The brain and guts driving its development is Mike Kershaw alias Dragorn, works during the day on IBM mainframes and hack kismet code at night. Mike graciously agreed to a HERT interview to tell us a little bit more about himself, his view on WiFi security and the future of Kismet.

    What is your background?

    I've been running Linux for about 10 years now, and programming since I was a wee larva on a TI-99a console.

    What do you do for living?

    My non-wireless alter ego gets paid for doing work with big iron - IBM mainframes and large numbers of virtual servers.

    What were you working on before you started kismet?

    Nothing of any great notice -- I've always had a continual slow trickle of code for various projects, bugfixing other software I use, etc. Kismet was my first public project that really caught on.

    I guess you probably consider yourself a hacker.

    Define hacking? My preference is the old-school definition - if you mean digging into things, figuring out how they work, and having fun learning, of course!

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