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Geoff_Palmer
10-05-2006, 05:12 PM
We looked at wireless hacking in the March issue of PC World ("Stealing Your Neighbours Net", p.77), now TV One News are looking at doing a story on it.

Have you
had your connection "borrowed"?
noticed freeloaders using it?
noticed anomalies in your traffic charges?
suffered any consequences from others freeloading off your connection?

Contact Olivia Kember (olivia.kember@tvnz.co.nz ) with details.

tweak'e
10-05-2006, 05:17 PM
all they have to do is search the forum and they will find a few :(

Greg
10-05-2006, 05:18 PM
I think you investigated this a few years ago?

It's great to bring it to public attention again, because as I understand it there's a lot of ignorance about wireless networking, particularly in the home environment.

Graham L
10-05-2006, 05:21 PM
My trouble is that there aren't any neighbours with high speed and WiFi I can do it to. ;) :thumbs:

V1sta
10-05-2006, 05:39 PM
heh, I've borrowed a friend's neighbour's 3.5mbit wifi network a couple of times :D

stu161204
10-05-2006, 05:43 PM
We looked at wireless hacking in the March issue of PC World ("Stealing Your Neighbours Net", p.77)

:(, boo hooo, Is this story online? (For the people who donít buy PC World mags)


My trouble is that there aren't any neighbours with high speed and WiFi I can do it to. ;) :thumbs:

hehe, same here :p


all they have to do is search the forum and they will find a few :(

true?

Geoff_Palmer
10-05-2006, 06:44 PM
:(, boo hooo, Is this story online? (For the people who donít buy PC World mags)

A dangerous admission in the PCW forums. You might get a visit from... The Editor... :horrified

stu161204
10-05-2006, 06:54 PM
A dangerous admission in the PCW forums. You might get a visit from... The Editor... :horrified

hehe :D

pctek
10-05-2006, 07:43 PM
We looked at wireless hacking in the March issue of PC World ("Stealing Your Neighbours Net", p.77), now TV One News are looking at doing a story on it.

Have you
had your connection "borrowed"?
noticed freeloaders using it?
noticed anomalies in your traffic charges?
suffered any consequences from others freeloading off your connection?

Contact Olivia Kember (olivia.kember@tvnz.co.nz ) with details.
Oh great/ Like all their tech stories. Watch them stuff it up and get it wrong.

Greven
10-05-2006, 07:59 PM
I used to have my wireless wide open when I had unlimited net, and I never noticed anyone ever using it. I've now got a cap, so I've locked it down just in case.

I don't bother with encryption. I just use a MAC address whitelist. I doubt my wireless traffic would be that interesting to snoop on.

Metla
10-05-2006, 08:31 PM
Someone has been using my wireless network to access porn and download music.

And in a strange coincidence my laptop is overflowing with rude pictures and mp3's, Of course I deny everything, But will concede that those girls look great together.

Myth
10-05-2006, 08:37 PM
Someone has been using my wireless network to access porn and download music.

And in a strange coincidence my laptop is overflowing with rude pictures and mp3's, Of course I deny everything, But will concede that those girls look great together.Might be Mrs Metla .. Lucky you if it is :p

stu161204
10-05-2006, 09:01 PM
Someone has been using my wireless network to access porn and download music.

And in a strange coincidence my laptop is overflowing with rude pictures and mp3's, Of course I deny everything, But will concede that those girls look great together.

haha :D

technicianxp
10-05-2006, 09:19 PM
Recently had some wireless equipment at my place which I managed to update to use WPA2. Doubt anyone would've been able to get in after that, especially considering the fact that the range was hardly enough to cover my whole house. Despite this I did keep an eye on the connections list and found nothing more than my own three clients connecting to it.

I once did try searching around for other networks in my area with some boosted reception wireless equipment (to be exact a 3Com USB wireless adaptor stuck in front of a sifter, connected to a laptop running netstumbler). Picked up about 3, of which 2 were unsecured. Hooked on to a single one to see if they had internet by loading up Google too. Nothing more than that though ;) .

Chilling_Silence
11-05-2006, 02:45 AM
No!

Thats the point, a friend of mine made that mistake after I warned him of it!

Just because YOUR range isnt good enough doesnt mean that somebody else cant come along with a stronger directional antennae and point it at your house from across the street. He couldnt get his laptops wireless outside his house, but yet his neighbours leeched for 2 months!

I told him... He said exactly what you said "the range is pathetic"... ;-)

p.77 huh? I have the March issue at work on my desk, will hafta have a re-read! :D

Been dying to put my K-Jam to good use aye...

technicianxp
11-05-2006, 09:04 AM
Hmm yea suspected that after I was able to pick up some far off network. The WPA2 encryption probably would've kept them away though ;)

Greven
11-05-2006, 01:09 PM
Instead of using the aerial on the client, can you put a good aerial on the router & improve the signal for even the most crappy wireless card? I've got my router upstairs & I want to have a computer connecting wirelessly from downstairs on the other side of the house.

If my logic isn't flawed, I can replace one of the areials with a good directional one & keep the other one for the current coverage area.

notechyet
11-05-2006, 01:21 PM
Greven
I have a Linksys wrt54g wireless router on the main machine and on the second a netgear wireless card separated by a floor (upstairs)and across the building and it has been working well for a few months now.
The only change I consider is instead of the wrt54g I may put a wag54g.

paulw
11-05-2006, 01:37 PM
Oh great/ Like all their tech stories. Watch them stuff it up and get it wrong.

I can see it next week as the lead item in One News. "WiFi hacking rife in NZ. We have the dirt. Be watching at 6 for another hyped up news item..and what will the GOV be doing about it"