Wireless Fox Hunting is a high-tech version of Hide-and-Seek. Except in this version, one person (the fox) hides, and multiple people seek after them. Additionally, as this game is about RF signal hunting, the foxes don't need to hide out of sight and are often walking among unperceptive seekers.
|Accurate depiction of a Wireless Foxhunt|
If you're looking to participate in a Wireless Village CTF, then you will need to learn how to hunt the foxes and have lots of practice doing it. If you're interested in learning how to perform a fox hunt, then I'd suggest looking into SANS SEC617: Wireless Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking. This post will be about putting together the resources for a practice lab.
Now, unless you had a terrible childhood and learned how to play Hide-and-Seek by yourself, you will need one other person to assist. They will not need to be technical, just good at hiding hand-sized objects from you. As you get better at finding static foxes, you will need access to a pool of assistants, who can pass the fox off randomly to each other and move about in a defined area. Offices and schools make great environments for advanced practice.
Next, you're going to need some small wireless devices that mimic the Wireless Village CTF challenges. These challenges change from year to year but they generally come in three flavors: Wifi, Bluetooth, and SDR.
Wifi Fox Version One
In past years it was enough to simply identify a person carrying a specific mobile Wireless AP. This is easy to reproduce by enabling the mobile hotspot mode of your smartphone. If this triggers your separation anxiety, then an alternative is getting a dedicated battery powered access point, like the TP-LINK TL-MR3040. With either choice, just set up the fox like you would a normal access point and have your assistant hide it, and you'll, hopefully, be able to find it in no time.
Wifi Fox Version Two
Recently, the Wireless Village changed this up by giving the fox both a mobile Wireless AP and a mobile Wireless client and asking the hunters to determine the Wifi password before approaching the fox. With these changes, they have also changed their form factor, and we have followed suit with the SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive.
I don't know what the Wireless Village uses for the mobile client, but feel free to tweet to them @WiFi_Village. Instead, I use cheap pre-paid Android phones that you can typically pick up for around $20 (if you can find them in stock). Another cheap solution is a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a battery pack.
SDR FoxFor the SDR challenge, I don't know what the Wireless Village uses. I speculate they likely use Raspberry Pi and something like Vapor Trail. To simulate this challenge, I use a Motorola Roadster handsfree paired via Bluetooth with one of my pre-paid "research" Android phones. The Roadster acts as a mini-FM station and doesn't have a lot of range (10 meters at best) which makes the fox hunt challenging.
For added flair, I created an mp3 file using Google Translate that reads off a string of numbers in four different languages and played the file on repeat for an ad-hoc "numbers station."