Faculty Sponsor

Nick Rosasco


Arts and Sciences


Computer Science

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Summer 7-12-2021


This project conducted a careful investigation into the capabilities of the Hak5 Wifi Pineapple Mark VII, which is a commercially available security and testing apparatus for wireless networks. This device has been used by cybersecurity engineers and companies to audit the networks of many different businesses. A key question of this investigation was whether the device is suitable for use in classroom environments. The risks, side effects, and propriety of the Pineapple were of particular focus. This project also investigated the ethical and legal implications that might arise from use or even casual reception of signal. The investigation concluded that the Wifi Pineapple Mark VII is only suitable for carefully supervised or monitored use. Regardless of the user's intent, the impact and damage that this high-risk tool can cause to nearby devices makes it much too dangerous to use in a classroom environment.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Daniel Hautzinger is a senior in the Computer Science program. He currently hopes to graduate with a bachelors in Computer Science and then go on for his Masters in cybersecurity. Daniel has always wanted to know about the different devices used in the world of cybersecurity and found the Wifi Pineapple to be a tool of particular interest.