Queensland Police Targetting Wi-Fi Freeloaders

Have you been downloading gigabytes of porn off your neighbours unsecured Wi-Fi connection? Do you live in Queensland? Then you could be all out of luck, with a report by Asher Moses at the SMH Brett Winterford at ITNews that Queensland police will be pro-actively seeking out unsecured wireless networks to warn homes and businesses that they are open to fraud and identity theft.

The move isn't so much about catching criminals as it is a pre-emptive strike, by trying to educate people that their networks are unsecure, they can potentially close up the network and make it harder for criminals to log on.

The big question here is that it's easy for someone to find out if a network is unsecured, but if the Queensland police are testing to see if the network still has a default password enabled (which is just as easy for a hacker to bypass, obviously), then wouldn't they need to connect to the network in question to find that out? And when they do that, aren't they then breaking the very law they're trying to protect?

Still, I guess we can only wait and see how well this whole thing plays out...

(UPDATE: It's come to my attention that the story was originally broken by Brett Winterford at ITNews. Without going on a tirade as to how newspapers are dying because they refuse to adapt to the net and credit their news sources, I've updated the post to acknowledge the original article.)




    What a waste of Police resources, if your stupid enough to have a unsecured WiFi network you deserve you identity stolen.
    At least you can feel safe in the comfort that some else a lot smarter than your current self will be going about the place as you only smarter!

    Seriously are policing stupidity?

    I wonder if they'll be doing this for people who only use WEP encryption too...

    I'm pretty sure Police don't roam the streets checking if our homes and cars are locked!! If they get broken into and our wallets stolen, thats our own fault, and so it should be....so why would WiFi access be any different!? Anyone wanting to do illegal activities on your connection will get access whether its passworded or not. I cant express how ridiculous this is.

    well this could save tax money if it stops identity theft and all the costs involved in investigating those crimes

    guess i should unshare identity.doc as well...

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