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Private Investigator

wifi-security-forensics-basics | Level: Intermediate  | Total Lab Runs: 0 | Premium Lab

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You are a licensed Private Investigator (PI). UVW88 Inc is one of your old customers. They import electronics from abroad and sell the re-branded product. They asked you to look into Ron, one of their purchasing managers. They think that he is tipping off their competitors about the soon to be launched products in advance, giving the competition an edge over them. They checked his company issued phones and corporate email account but didn’t find anything suspicious. Hence, they brought in the big guns ( yes you :-) ). You follow him for 2 days but he isn’t meeting anyone. So, the  next night you decide to wait outside his house in your car. While sitting outside, eating a burger, you notice his home WiFi network and you realize that he may be using this to communicate with the 3rd party. So, you capture his WiFi traffic and return to your office to analyze it.   

The relevant details

The details of Ron's home WiFi network are given below:

  • SSID: Ron_Home
  • BSSID: 30:b5:c2:11:de:2a
  • Security: WPA2-PSK
  • Phone MAC: 5c:51:88:31:a0:3b
  • Laptop MAC: e8:de:27:16:70:c9


  1. How he is communicating with the 3rd party?
  2. What content did you recover from the communication intercepted (if any)?
  3. Any contact information of the 3rd party (if any)?
  4. Anything interesting that you observed during the analysis which could shed light on his other motives?


  1. Check for commonly used communication protocols
  2. Identify the protocols and then look for message carrying packets. 
  3. How do people research on the Internet? 

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