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Old 05-29-2008, 08:32 AM   #2
Howard Allen
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Originally Posted by dogmandouglas View Post
What has surprised him though is the lack of of wi-fi security in local houses – when he walked through our town – he pressed wi-fi scan just to see how many networks were in the area. He found quite a few, and over half had no password to connect to their network.

It worrying what some people could do with more sophisticated machine.
There's a whole subclass of the hacker fraternity that call themselves--IIRC-- "war drivers" (or a similar pretentious term), who cruise up and down city streets with a laptop, cataloguing all the unsecured WiFi addresses. I'm not exactly sure what they do with them, but I'm sure there are people who would be willing to pay for unfettered and free internet access, as well as access to their corporate intranets.

A few weeks ago I was staying in a motel in small-town Saskatchewan, which advertised "internet access". In my room, I booted up my laptop and found 4 wireless connections, two of which were unsecured; not knowing which one was the motel's connection (maybe both?), I went ahead and used both, depending on signal quality. Later, I learned that the motel's only "internet access" was a hard-wired PC sitting near the front desk which was available to guests! Therefore, some generous souls in the neighborhood of the motel had been giving me unwitting and free internet service, which was much appreciated.


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