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Networking animations and Using Packet Tracer to teach Networking in a hacking context

Duncan Maidens, Raspberry Pi Foundation


This session will introduce a set of 9 animations which can be used to supplement the teaching of basic networking principles such as serial transmission, network topology, Ethernet frames (encapsulation), hubs and switches. We then use Cisco’s Packet tracer Software (free to schools) to teach computer networking concepts such as IP addresses, DNS, URL, frames and packets, port mapping, redirection and rouge hotspots in the context of hacking a network.
Brief videos of the session are at:-
1. Basic sniffer capturing ftp usernames and passwords
2. Hacked web page with URL misdirecting to fake web sites
3. Rogue Hot spot taking cafe customers and directing them to a rogue DNS server from which URL are misdirected.

Relevant Key Stages: KS3, KS4

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Duncan Maidens's biography

Duncan Maidens graduated from University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1987. He started working life as BBC engineer followed by a period as a Royal Navy Instructor Officer. After returning to University and gaining an MSc in Data Telecoms and Computer Networks, Duncan progresses through several research and teaching position at Salford and Staffordshire Universities. Joining BCU in 2001, he led a team of Networking Specialists running the Cisco Academy Program. Whilst at BCU he became involved in CAS, running master teacher training, a CAS Regional Centre then becoming a Regional Delivery Partner as part of the NCCE. In May 2019 he joined the Raspberry Pi Foundation as Director of Computer Science Education.

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