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Best Wireless SSIDs You Have Seen? 684

Ant writes "Best SSIDs you have seen is the name of the new Broadband Reports' wireless security forum. Funny ones listed that made me chuckle: WardriversOpenAP, GET LOST, HackedAP, SecureAP (no WEP/WPA), TOP_SECRET, HPD-FieldOffice, MiddleEarth, HoneyPot, mine, and people's full/last name." I think naming your network 'Default' or 'Linksys' should be a crime ;)
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Best Wireless SSIDs You Have Seen?

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  • My neighborhood (Score:3, Informative)

    by dcw3 ( 649211 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:33AM (#11319797) Journal
    Several "linksys", a couple with family names, and one called "The Castle"
    • by powerpointmonkey ( 840630 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:39AM (#11319858) Homepage
      Up until two weeks ago, mine was the only SSID visible, Ok, so it's called 'home', but it's not broadcast, it's using wep and it's locked down by MAC address last week default and sitecom appeared. Both with default router passwords, I guess someone in my neighborhood got broadband for christmas. I feel like broadcasting my SSID and changing it to 'I'm at number 35, for god's sake please come over and speek to me about wireless network security!'
    • I've picked up a "first/last name" and a "street address" from my kitchen. I thought the address thing was an interesting idea and the fellow had the good sense to enable WEP. (Not so w/ the guy who thought it was a good idea to use his name.)
    • In the university area nearby,"Unseen University", and another one, "See You NT"
  • Best SSID (Score:5, Funny)

    by harlingtoxad ( 798873 ) <harlingtoxad.gmail@com> on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:34AM (#11319807)
    The best SSIDs are generic names like linksys or default. Generic names most always mean I get free wireless access.
    • Re:Best SSID (Score:4, Informative)

      by AKnightCowboy ( 608632 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:57AM (#11320005)
      I think the one most relevent to current events is the coolest. That'd be Cisco's "tsunami" default SSID on some of their access points.
    • Re:Best SSID (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Sinus0idal ( 546109 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @10:15AM (#11320151)
      Although lots of people are bashing it, I think default is actually quite a good name (assuming that the router isn't still in its completely default config!) Linksys is not so good as it gives away the manufacturer and allows an attacker to target the attacks. I do however think that default is a lot better than people using house or family names, as that identifies where the AP is. Even using mordor or middleearth or similar can give away your interests, and thus possibly who you are to someone who knows your street well... default is nice and unassuming.
      • Er... (Score:4, Insightful)

        by brunes69 ( 86786 ) <slashdot&keirstead,org> on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @10:41AM (#11320418) Homepage
        Umm....let's see how hard it is to figure out who is running an AP.

        Step 1. Get laptop or $20 Wifi strength meter.
        Step 2. Walk around.
        Step 3. Use publicly available sources to find out who lives there

        And if you really think someone gives a shit if you like LOTR, I think you need a bigger tinfoil hat buddy.

      • Re:Best SSID (Score:3, Insightful)

        by bay43270 ( 267213 )
        Linksys is not so good as it gives away the manufacturer and allows an attacker to target the attacks.

        It gives away a manufacturer; not the manufacturer. My 'Linksys' might be running on an Airport.
      • With or without the name of the manufacturer, it is the same. You can always discover the manufacturer - MAC address is unique, and its first part is assotiated with the manufacturer.
      • Re:Best SSID (Score:3, Insightful)

        by jjhall ( 555562 )
        I don't see how it is a problem to use a street address as an SSID. If somebody wants to figure out what house the AP is in, all it takes is a Pringles can (or less) and a couple dollars in parts. They can then look at the numbers on the front of the house, and they have the exact same information as before. I know what house every AP in my neighborhood belongs to, without even using directional antennas. I have spoken with their owners (was helping resolve interference problems in the neighborhood) and
  • by DigitalGodBoy ( 142596 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:35AM (#11319811) Homepage
    Found one that said "SECURE_ME". A quick Windows share enumeration showed sales data and presumably credit card information avaliable to anyone who was listening.

    I informed the business owner that it needed to the secured, and he said his ISP had called and asked him about an "open access point - whatever that is". I sighed and left.
  • by a_nonamiss ( 743253 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:36AM (#11319824)
    Not trying to be funny here, but I've seen HACKME and my boss insists that I use his last name so that he can remember it. (Even though it's broadcasted.)

    I just hope he doesn't get mad at me when he gets hacked and someone starts downloading child porn and The Anarchist's Cookbook using his broadband connection.
    • someone starts downloading child porn and The Anarchist's Cookbook

      Why are these two even in the same sentence? The Anarchist's Cookbook is legal to peruse and distribute. Most of the things you can learn from it can be used for shady purposes, but the information is still protected by the first ammendment...

      Discussion of how to copy DVDs, however...

      • 2 words: plausable deniability!

        Feel free to download all the bomb making material and kiddie porn you want while simultaneously running bittorrent, LimeWire, and Kazaa at the same time. You can always say "It was someone on my open access point, not me!", but you better have a well-encrypted drive.
  • What (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Rexz ( 724700 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:36AM (#11319827)
    A single, not particularly busy thread on a fairly obscure webpage. Linked from the front page of Slashdot.



  • -1 Lame (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CaptRespect ( 586610 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:36AM (#11319831)
    Wow, a "story" on a slashdot forum about a lame "what's the best post" on another forum.

    Too bad I can't mod the entire story as -1 LAME.

  • The best (Score:3, Interesting)

    by CypherXero ( 798440 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:36AM (#11319832) Homepage
    is "linksys". From that point, I know that the AP is unsecured, and has a default admin password. I visit a cafe a lot in my town, and they have wireless internet that you have to PAY for, and it's like $20/hour, which is ridiculous to pay that much for wireless internet access. But what's more amusing is that it's unencrypted AND still has the default password to the admin console. I feel sorry for anyone who's paying that $20 to surf the web there.
    • I dunno. At my house, I haven't changed my SSID, don't see the point since it's the only WAP for half a mile at least, but I've got all the encryption turned on, a good password, MAC filtering with only one wireless card allowed, AND you have to go through an authenticated proxy (the address of which is not advertised in any way) to get out on ports 80 or 443.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    They kept the SSID simple: FU
  • by Darth_brooks ( 180756 ) <clipper377@ g m ail.com> on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:37AM (#11319838) Homepage
    HackerDetected and Iwillsniffyourpackets are a couple I've seen.
  • by X00M ( 526040 ) <slashdot@bbeau.com> on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:37AM (#11319842) Homepage
  • by gamorck ( 151734 ) <jaylittle AT jaylittle DOT com> on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:38AM (#11319843) Homepage
    I can't speak for many others but my SSID is "KeepDrivingAsshole" - I've also seen one in my wardriving travels called, "LeaveMeAlone". Apparently somebody had already had a bit of fun with his network, eh?
  • by siliconcenturion ( 134304 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:38AM (#11319844)
    my friend and i were at a summer camp where we werent supposed to have internet access, but we plugged in a WAP we brought and set the SSID to "drewisawanker"
    drew was the name of his RA
    the next day we saw 3 RA's walking through the hallway trying to triangulate the location of the WAP
    crazy kids we were!
  • DVDA (Score:3, Funny)

    by b00m3rang ( 682108 ) * on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:38AM (#11319847)
    That's mine.
  • by blowdart ( 31458 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:38AM (#11319849) Homepage
    when it's a Netgear with WPA running then I don't want to be right.
  • Already done on the Netstumbler forums [netstumbler.org]. Personally, I like "You have been hacked fool!". Worst I've personally seen was an address (nnn Afton Valley Ct). Best was "LandOfChocolate". Check them out at Wigle [wigle.net].
  • I saw one someone name "Thug"
    and another that someone had named "PISS_OFF"
  • 12 Maples Drive.

    No joke, buddy and I were driving around and saw someone had used their address for SSID. We couldn't stop laughing...
    • Why is using your address such a bad thing? It's not like they are advertising something you don't already know right? Chances are you were driving down Maples Drive past number 12 at the time...

      And using your address does help if one of your neighbours wants to come round and ask if they can connect.
    • Re:Address... (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Zone-MR ( 631588 )
      Why is that so funny?

      It lets people know where to contact the admin. Could be useful if nearby AP operators wanted to link, or perhaps discuss the channel configuration in order to avoid interference.

      The address isn't exactly top secret information, surely anyone near the area could easilly figure out what house the wireless signal is strongest near?
  • I named my linksys WRT54G as 'netgear'... among the mac address filter, the sveasoft firmware, and the WEP encryption (And living in the woods, the best defense), i'm not worried about war drivers.
    • I have to wonder about that. I can't pick up my access point more than 20 feet from my house with my laptop... where are you guys living that you're vulnerable to war drivers? They'd practically have to park on my front lawn to reach mine (it has WEP turned on though). I guess you could use a high gain antenna, but who would go to all that trouble to get access to some guy's access point when you can just get your own DSL?
  • Invitation (Score:3, Insightful)

    by matman ( 71405 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:42AM (#11319876)
    My WAP is connected to an 'untrusted' interface on my firewall, such that users can access the web and DNS only. The SSID is, with "addr" replaced with my street address, "come_4_beer_at_addr". Haven't had any takers, yet. :)
  • Using your name actually may turn out to be a good thing if your network is insecure. Somebody in my apartment complex had a wide-open network with the SSID being their name. I was able to track them down by that in order to tell them they should secure it.

    They were wondering why their cable connection was so slow.
  • Last Name (Score:2, Funny)

    by ispel ( 266661 )
    My last name is Default, you insensitive clod!
  • Sorry... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by IO ERROR ( 128968 ) * <error@nOsPAM.ioerror.us> on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:44AM (#11319888) Homepage Journal
    Mine is "Sorry, the network is down right now." with MAC filtering enabled. Nobody ever stops to play with my AP.
  • by drewzhrodague ( 606182 ) <drew.zhrodague@net> on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:44AM (#11319891) Homepage Journal
    YOu can search for SSIDs, MACs, and cities and states at WiFiMaps.com [wifimaps.com]. Funniest ones I've seen:

    hellostumbler - Framingham, MA
    buyclamsonline.com - Pittsburgh, PA
  • iwlist scanning gives me (the first is mine): "CH" "cchsiao's WLAN" "Lasting sensation" "janelandanne" "linksys" " " "humperdink" "2WIRE019" "instaconnect-3442de" "instaconnect-3442da" "OC" "MA" "instaconnect-3442d4" "instaconnect-343f77" "instaconnect-343ce6" "KHarris" "instaconnect-3442d9" "flyfish" "instaconnect-343ce8" "instaconnect-3442d8" "instaconnect-3442df"

    Yep, that's a bunch of a local WiFi provider's APs. There is normally a "penis" in there, too.

    I have a feeling that for the really amusing on

  • by WombatControl ( 74685 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:45AM (#11319894)

    I used to live fairly close to a major street and not too far from a university campus, so wardrivers were always trying to connect to my network.

    So I decided to ask WWTBOFHD? (What Would The Bastard Operator From Hell Do?)

    So, I set up a nice AP called 'linksys' with no WEP. Obviously, every freeloader on the planet would try and connect to it.

    Oh, and you could connect to it alright. The problem was that it was connected directly to a proxy server that rerouted every web request directly to goatse.cx and blocked everything else.

    Apparently the word got around, and the number of people trying to access that AP went down precipitously after that.

    I'm such a bastard...

  • What's the matter with Default if you change the default password and enable encryption?
    • Leaving the SSID default or Linksys, is just so ... unimaginitive. Setting the SSID to Belkin when it is actually a Cisco is so much better. What is even better for corporations is to include their corporate name, division name, group name, floor number, and a contact phone number; all using only 32 characters.
  • by flinxmeister ( 601654 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:46AM (#11319901) Homepage
    I set up one for a buddy of mine with this SSID. His building is right next to a post office, so it adds credibility. It's hilarious to watch people come in and see "do you want to connect to noconnect-federaloffense?" One literally jumped back from his laptop.

    I guess the Man has us trained well!
  • by TomorrowPlusX ( 571956 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:46AM (#11319902)
    Mine's called "Default"... and has no password.

    Oh, wait... it's not mine, it's my neighbor's. That's why I don't need to pay for broadband service ;)
  • PearlyGates is for my AExpress I use traveling (In missoula right now) and Katahdin is for my home BaseStation.
  • My brother is into arcade games, and has quite a few video and pinball machines around his house.

    I just use Snowball, though - the name of my cat.

  • thessidofdoom
  • by xorowo ( 733585 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:49AM (#11319931) Homepage Journal
    At a hotel that charged for Internet access, someone had an access point with the SSID, "LeaveBeeror5dollarsatRoom505". Nice, cheap, easy Internet access without the $15 charge the hotel wanted.
  • How does a wireless SSID possess a you've?

    If you're going to submit a lame story, at least check your apostrophes.
  • by BrK ( 39585 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:51AM (#11319951) Homepage
    My home AP is named "FuckOff". It's secured (to the extent that an AP *can* be secured) well enough.

    My neighbor INSISTS on leaving his WRT54G unsecured. I change it whenever I'm bored (I've also connected to the LAN, and then to one of his shared printers and printed out some "interesting" photos). I'll name his AP stuff like "pimpwifi" "secureme" "hellomike", etc. Nothing too interesting really.
  • I named my Icarus.
  • I named my wireless access point-


    It's a fun name, and if you run several WAPs, you can plug in any vowel in the place of dOckmaster's "O"

    For reference,
    http://www.google.com/search?q=ncsc+do ckmaster
  • Got caught once between a traffic cop and a busted hood and hence had to take a Defensive Driving course. Ended up at a Marriott's Conference room with my laptop and 8 hours of "God help me".

    Popped up the Available networks list, Marriott's own was thankfully not secured, however they did want me to validate by entering my room number. Hmm.. how about "301". Oh joy!

    Browsed for the next 8 hours with out a hitch..
  • BoroughPolice, who just happen to be right next door.
  • puppies and thanksforyourmacaddress
  • I used to name my phone that way in bluetooth.
    A lot of people actually were wondering what was wrong with their cellphones, when they explored their bluetooth-neighbourhood (or got a bluetooth message from me)...
  • Once wardriving in a train (or is that 'wartraining' ? wartraindriving? I was just the passenger) I found one with a domain name in the SSID. I made a remark about it on my homepage, with a link to the overview of access points found [idefix.net] and to the found webserver of that domain.

    He linked back to my site a few days later, finding it funny. (I won't link directly to his webserver now, to avoid a slashdotting to a site most of you can't read since it's in Dutch)

  • I used to take my SSID and switch the name to a manufacturer's default that WASN'T the same as the router I was using...

    ie. I'd use an SMC, name it the default for a netgear, then change to a DLink, etc.

    Then I'd watch the access logs and see what fish I could catch trying to take a nibble.

    Seeing that I was living in a pretty dense, busy area in downtown Toronto, I watched more than a couple people try to access my AP.

  • by philkerr ( 180450 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:55AM (#11319987) Homepage

    It's easy to remember :)
  • One of my neighbors' SSID is "private no access". Of course, there's no WMA, WEP, or MAC filtering - it's wide open. ;)
  • The best SSID ... (Score:3, Informative)

    by The Llama King ( 187264 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @09:58AM (#11320015)
    ... is the one you never see. Turn off the SSID broadcast unless you want to share the connection.

    • Turning off the SSID is a great step towards keeping the wardrivers away, but if you have a neighbor that wants to get on that network, it won't stop them. The SSID, unfortunately, is still broadcast in the association frames even if beacon frames are disabled. A dedicated attacker is going to get in, so best use something other then just WEP with MAC filtering and beacon frames disabled.
  • by tgd ( 2822 )
    I named my Linksys AP "Default" just to mess with people...
  • The most memorable I've seen was


  • SSIDs listing the geographic location of the AP are a good idea in my opinion. If you know there's an AP at 185th and Birchwood from a cursory glance, you either use a non-interfering frequency or make sure the directional antenna is not throwing garbage that way. Company information is much more useful though. "WmDavis Rsrch AP01" lets me look in the phone book and find "William Davis Research" to yell at them. Troubleshooting an intermittant PTP link in Seattle, I discovered someone claiming to be on a pa
  • Wardrivers are Welcome
    Go Big Girl Productions
    Air Eggroll
    Rebels Rule (In a dormitory at school, our rival school is the Rebels)
    Sniper's Den
    Big Daddy's
    Penguin Army of Doom
    pi mpbot9000

    Yeah, I live in a college town.
  • I live on Abell Avenue, and one of my neighbors has an access point named ABELLHIZZY. I don't think it's Snoop Dogg, though.

    It does have WEP protection, too. Snoop says: Stay the hizell out of my access pizzoint, muthafucka.

  • A kid in the dorm room next to mine named his AP "Internet would be nice".
  • Mine, Mine, Mine
    no carrier
    I RTFM
    fucking cordless phones
    this song is just 6 words long
    vRG18bNuW2940F17sM8e (funny because no wep wpa etc)

    And my #1 favorite
    Shit N Surf
  • The best one I've heard was from a buddy who is into wardriving... he said he found one that was:


  • my favorite (Score:2, Funny)

    by CAIMLAS ( 41445 )
    "penis" is one I've seen a lot of here in Sioux Falls.

    Then there appears to be several others done by the same group with a similar theme - "MobilePenis", "HandheldPenis", "LaptopPenis" and the like. Of course, these are all open networks...

    I've also seen "hacked" on a network with and 256 bit WEP and MAC filtering, as well as several other measures which are in the protocol layer.
  • WarTraining is c00l (Score:5, Interesting)

    by KE1LR ( 206175 ) <ken,hoover&gmail,com> on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @10:30AM (#11320287) Homepage
    During a trip last year on the Acela [amtrak.com] I ran NetStumbler for a couple of hours as we cruised toward Washington DC and was able to find hundreds of access points. Here are a couple of the interesting SSID's from the log:
    • KeepDemBussesRollin (passing a state DOT building)
    • Don't mooch off my shit
    • testing-testing-testing

    It was also common to use what looked like a business name or the a person's first name ("lisa") as the SSID. Some AP's had random alphanumerics or what was obviously an attempt at a password for the SSID.

    I also did a very basic analysis of some of the interesting things I discovered, such as...

    • Most AP's were advertising 11Mbit speed but about 16% advertised higher speeds. I'm not sure if the higher speeds were "a" networks, "g" networks or both. My laptop had an a/b wireless card.

    • 1/3 of the AP's detected were using what was obviously their vendor's default SSID (i.e. "Linksys" "default" "NETGEAR")

    • >60% of all AP's detected were not running WEP of any kind, but more than half of the Cisco AP's had WEP enabled (probably because end-users generally don't run Cisco stuff).

    • Vendor breakdown (no they don't add up to 100%)

      • Linksys 38%
      • Cisco 17%
      • NetGear 11%
      • D-Link 6%
      • Symbol 4%
      • Apple 2%
      • Microsoft 2%
      • Proxim/Agere/Orinoco 2%
      • Belkin 1.5%
      • BreezeNet 1.5%
      • ... and a bunch of others that only appeared once or twice like Addtron, Sercomm,Gemtek, Z-Com, etc.

    The sample size for this was about 250 AP's during the outbound trip. On the return trip I ran NetStumbler for a lerger portion of the ride and recorded over 1000 AP's (some of which were duplicates of course) but I haven't taken the time to anlyze this larger data set yet.

    I didn't try to connect to any of the AP's... most of them would come and go within a few seconds anyway. :)

  • by hqm ( 49964 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @10:57AM (#11320587)
    I was sitting in a car in a residential neighborhood Palo Alto, looking for a wireless AP to read me email. Someone's AP was labeled with their street address, which made it easy to drive up in front of their house for better reception.
  • Oops! (Score:3, Funny)

    by CrazyTalk ( 662055 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @12:19PM (#11321449)
    I accidentaly renamed a neighbors unprotected network, thinking I was renaming my own. When I realized my mistake, I wanted to rename it back but I couldnt remember the exact spelling of the name they had used. So, I renamed it "oops". That was 6 months ago, and the "oops" network is still around. I wonder if they are continuing to use it under the new name I gave it...
  • How about (Score:3, Funny)

    by cheezit ( 133765 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2005 @01:15PM (#11322371) Homepage
    "StopLookingAtMySSID"? I've seen it, no lie.

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