"I would like to personally thank you for creating such a program that finally enables us to complete our job and protect our children from predators and other criminals." - Detective Speakman
MoocherHunter is a solo-operated wireless tracking software tool for the real-time on-the-fly geo-location of wireless moochers, hackers and/or anyone who is using an 802.11-based wireless network for objectionable purposes (e.g. paedophile activity, illegal file downloading, illegal music/video sharing, etc).
(for MoocherHunter Law Enforcement Edition, please see below)
100% Made-In-Singapore with ThinkSECURE-proprietary code, MoocherHunter was first unveiled to Southeast-Asian law enforcement officials at the Singapore Police Force's invitation-only CyberCrime Investigation Workshop 2008 held in Singapore in April 2008.
MoocherHunter is licensed under the MoocherHunter License as part of the OSWA-Assistant wireless auditing LiveCD toolkit (note: only on version 0.9.0.3b and above) which is free for end-user download at http://oswa-assistant.securitystartshere.org.
MoocherHunter identifies the location of an 802.11-based wireless moocher or hacker by the traffic they send across the network. If they want to mooch from you or use your wireless network for illegal purposes (e.g. warez downloading or illegal filesharing), then they have no choice but to reveal themselves by sending traffic across in order to accomplish their objectives. MoocherHunter enables the owner of the wireless network to detect traffic from this unauthorized wireless client (using either MoocherHunter's Passive or Active mode) and enables the owner, armed with a laptop and directional antenna, to isolate and track down the source.
Because it is not based on fixed or statically-positioned hardware, MoocherHunter allows the operator to move freely and walk towards the actual geographical location of the moocher/hacker. And of course, as part of the free OSWA-Assistant wireless auditing LiveCD toolkit, MoocherHunter is also FREE for end-users to use on their existing laptops (so long as it is only run within the OSWA-Assistant environment) with off-the-shelf supported wireless cards.
In residential and commercial multi-tenant building field trials held in Singapore in March 2008, MoocherHunter allowed a single trained operator to geo-locate a wireless moocher with a geographical positional accuracy of as little as 2 meters within an average of 30 minutes.
Download MoocherHunter and the OSWA-Assistant here.
(i) For accurate and proper results, please remember to use a directional antenna, and not an omni-directional one, regardless of whether it claims to be high-gain or not.
(ii) If you get a Segmentation Fault while running MoocherHunter (e.g. your WNIC shuts itself down halfway), please make sure the process is killed before restarting. You can issue a "ps -eaf" command, look for the process ID tied in to the segfaulted process and then type "kill (process ID)" where (process ID) is the PID number.
(iii) As of version 0.6.5, please make sure you select the correct chipset which your wireless card is based on, otherwise your results will be wrong, even if the program starts up. The officially-supported chipsets for MoocherHunter ver 0.6.9a & up are: Prism54G(HARDMAC), Atheros (all models before AR9xxx series), RTL8187, RT2500, RT2570, IPW2200 and IPW2915.
You can view a little video clip we've put together below during our field testing cycle in Singapore in early Jan 2008 which describes MoocherHunter and a basic summary of how to use it.
However, if you are interested in getting formal training on the proper techniques regarding effective deployment & use of MoocherHunter (or how to become a certified Organizational Systems Wireless Investigation & Law Enforcement Professional (OSWILEP)), please click here or email the following address:
For police and other legitimate Asian law-enforcement organizations in who have auditing compliance requirements, or who require a low-profile, covert solution during prosecution of a wireless-using suspect, we also provide the MoocherHunter Law Enforcement Edition to meet your needs.
MoocherHunter Law Enforcement Edition is a totally-redesigned, standalone, low-profile/covert-tracking commercial software solution which adds in some additional nifty features such as a remote-control web interface, 5GHz support, AP-hunting, evidence-logging and more. Please note that the MoocherHunter Law Enforcement Edition is NOT found on the OSWA-Assistant!
Please contact us regarding purchasing this separate commercial solution.
(note: please send your enquiry from a law-enforcement or similar corporate/organization address - we will not release any information to enquiries originating from free email service providers)