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Windows 7: For the love of God, please secure your wireless networks

03 Jun 2013   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
For the love of God, please secure your wireless networks

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A routine tech support call from a family member uncovered a neighborhood infested with unsecured WLANs.
Read more at: For the love of God, please secure your wireless networks | ZDNet


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03 Jun 2013   #2
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Hey, this guy talks of "wardriving" as if it was illegal. Wardriving per se isn't more illegal than running around and mapping your surroundings.

He also thinks that hackers somehow care of the personal data of 60-ish olds. Unless they do home banking (or the hacker is a pervert) their personal data isn't horribly attractive. Here 60-ish olds prefer going to the bank in person, on average.

The main danger here is that a nasty, nasty hacker can use their networks from a fairly safe distance (long-range antennas aren't even expensive) to do illegal stuff with far less concerns about hiding his IP and whatnot, so guess who the police is going to drop on?
And I would not trust the cops to realize these technical details in time, so it's going to be a hassle if not worse.

Also, these unsecured broadband networks lend themselves a lot to being exploited to setup illegal download-upload servers, by using perfectly legal software or the usual linux wizardry.
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