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John H
26-04-2011, 01:16 PM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4927236/Wrongly-accused-of-porn-after-wifi-hacked

I think securing your WIFI connection is even more important given the new legislation.

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Chilling_Silence
26-04-2011, 02:11 PM
Yeah it's a tough one, everybody I know I've made sure they're secured using WPA2. Sucks for the Nintendo DS, some models only supported WEP I believe?

However, that briefly shows exactly how they're going to catch people, but downloading copyrighted content as opposed to pr0n

pctek
26-04-2011, 02:24 PM
Within three days, investigators determined the homeowner had been telling the truth: If someone was downloading child pornography through his wireless signal, it wasn't him.

About a week later, agents arrested a 25-year-old neighbour and charged him with distribution of child pornography. The case is pending in federal court. After a search of his devices proved the homeowner's innocence, investigators went back to the peer-to-peer software and looked at logs that showed what other IP addresses Doldrum had connected from. Two were associated with the State University of New York at Buffalo and accessed using a secure token that UB said was assigned to a student living in an apartment adjacent to the homeowner. Agents arrested John Luchetti March 17. He has pleaded not guilty to distribution of child pornography.

John H
26-04-2011, 02:25 PM
Yeah it's a tough one, everybody I know I've made sure they're secured using WPA2. Sucks for the Nintendo DS, some models only supported WEP I believe?

However, that briefly shows exactly how they're going to catch people, but downloading copyrighted content as opposed to pr0n

When I got my new Netcomm Wireless router and USB stick for the laptop, I cranked up security. Prior to that, my laptop's inbuilt lappie could only do WEP.

I was at my son's father in law's place the other day, and did a speed test on his PC to see what he was getting in Rangiora (even more crap than mine!), and found he still had the default login name and password on his router... I didn't think to check at the time whether it is a wireless router, and am now trying to find out from him. He has come to computers in his mid 70's, and is finding some of the technical stuff a bit of a challenge. He had no idea what I was doing, so if he has WIFI, I will whip over there and put some security in place.

I thought the article was interesting in relation to challenging the views of those people that are gung ho about guns, and arming all police etc - "if you aren't doing anything wrong you don't have anything to worry about lalalala". Well, those guys weren't doing anything wrong, but they still got flattened by gun toting uniformed thugs - one even got chucked down the stairs.

John H
26-04-2011, 02:28 PM
What is your point pctek? All of your post is contained the article, but it doesn't make anything better - the people who were innocent still had to deal with the State's armed thugs, and no doubt suspicion and mistrust from family and friends until they were proven innocent. I doubt you would like to have been subjected to that degree of State terrorism.

Chilling_Silence
26-04-2011, 02:50 PM
Yeah sucks huh. Guilty until proven innocent, sorta like the new Copyright laws for over here, except the end-user would have to prove their innocence ;)

The Error Guy
26-04-2011, 03:14 PM
Pfft, WiFi hacked? it wasn't hacked. It was sitting there, broadcasting for all to see. Nothing was hacked.

In that case last week I hacked my neighbors tv through the window :D

I saw on neowin a whole bunch of people having a "serves him right" statement.

Maybe you could HELP the poor fellow who doesn't have wireless. He obviously doesn't know so help would be useful. Not abusing him as the idiot without a secure connection

linw
26-04-2011, 03:42 PM
At least all the Telecom wireless modem/routers are secured by default. That has to be a good thing.

Are any others secured by default?

Chilling_Silence
26-04-2011, 06:24 PM
Yeah the Netcomm ones like the nb6plus4wn are also :-)

:pf1mobmini:

fred_fish
26-04-2011, 06:34 PM
So, what if you are providing a connection to others?
The blurb for the legislation said 'libraries / other providers' are not liable, however it seems light on the definition of a 'provider'.
If I choose to run an open wifi hotspot as a public service, do I qualify?

Chilling_Silence
26-04-2011, 06:35 PM
That's a good question!

:pf1mobmini: