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I just found out about this linux-based network toolset called aircrack-ng, and its pretty interesting, and I'm learning how to use it. But it just occured to me, that like a lot of linux programs, they're developed in foreign countries, with different laws. I did do a google search, and the only thing in regards to what i am asking that pops up is a question on another site.

So, my question is, is it illegal in America, specifically Ohio, to use this program? I mean i know it has a legitimate purpose, but so does hemp.

Also, sorry if this is the wrong place for this question, but I'm not exactly sure where it should go.

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I wouldnt say it is illegal, its grey zone, but as long as you are only using it for educational purposes and on your own networks you are in the clear.

As in make sure you dont get caught breaking into other peoples networks.
It does give a very good insight into how insecure wireless connections are.

If you need something to help you alog a bit try Grimwepa and Wifite

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The tool itself is not illegal and is used for penetration testing on your own network, or employer's network, if employed for that capacity. Don't really think it's grey, though. You're either using a legitimate tool for illegal means, or not. –  hyperslug Jan 17 '11 at 3:53
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Comprimising a computer system that is not yours or you are not authorized to comprimise is definately ILLEGAL. no matter what.

Possessing a computer program that can comprimise a computer system is NOT illegal, usually you have to ACT in order to do something illegal - passive crimes number very few in most democratic nations and this is a good example of why that is the case: there are many legitimate reasons to possess the program.

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