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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 1/3 of US Residents Have Tried to Steal Wi-Fi

1/3 of US Residents Have Tried to Steal Wi-Fi

1/3 of US Residents Have Tried to Steal Wi-Fi

Added: Friday, February 11th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Although the recent study doesn’t say how many of them succeeded, it still proves the inherent danger of claiming that an IP can identify the person liable for any online crime – for example, copyright infringement.

There have been many studies over the years that repeatedly revealed the vulnerability of Wi-Fi connections to unauthorized piggybacking by 3rd parties. Despite these facts, authorities and rights owners still strongly believe that an IP address can accurately identify an individual liable for a crime committed in the Internet.

Two years ago British broadband provider Talk Talk decided to send a team of online security experts out to some residential road in Middlesex, where they within a few hours discovered that around 35% of all Wi-Fi connections found in the area were vulnerable to hijacking. In order to prove their claim, the team had downloaded several songs through someone’s connection. Later, the ISP conducted a similar survey in London, only to find out that over 40% of Wi-Fi networks were also vulnerable to illegal use, totalling to 444 points where anyone could infringe copyright and never be found.

Today the Wi-Fi Alliance, positioning itself as a worldwide non-profit trade outfit dedicated to delivering the best quality Wi-Fi connectivity, has published the results of the study that had been carried out on its behalf by Wakefield Research. The survey in question appeared to show the other side of the coin.
With over a thousand of adult Americans participating, the survey revealed that 32% of respondents admitted they have tried to hack a Wi-Fi network that wasn’t theirs. This is compared to 18% two years ago.

Wi-Fi Alliance’s director says that although most subscribers realize that they shouldn’t leave their Wi-Fi network open, many don’t take any steps to protect themselves. Meanwhile, the standard Wi-Fi security protections can be activated in a few simple steps, but just like the seatbelts in a car, they have to be used to protect you.

Today the Wi-Fi network owner has a real ground to worry about false accusations – rights owners have sued almost 100,000 Internet subscribers over the last year, and when naming the defendants they depend on an IP address as a clear evidence of guilt.

February 11th,2011

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Date:  Friday, February 11th, 2011

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-02-11 12:07:59)
No avatarInteresting. The frequently used counter argument I have heard is "people are responsible, or should be for their own security".

I noticed though that while shopping for wireless routers for myself or clients that many advertise as being "plug and play" or "plug and go". This could lead people into having a false sense of security about their connection, believing, perhaps falsely that security is intrinsic , and many routers, do not have intuitive or well explained GUI's or settings, that could leave the ill-informed or inexperienced user with gaping holes in their security.

posted by (2011-02-11 13:43:42)
DEMONLORD avatari am one of them. lol

posted by Turtle (2011-02-11 16:38:08)
Gilligan avatarI wonder when the internet cops are going to bust on the Canadian side?

posted by Trusted UploaderET loverSuperman (2011-02-11 21:39:00)
ShiroYasha avatarcount me as one ......

posted by (2011-02-11 22:28:01)
madwiggyNLD avatarmost wifi routers i know now in the stores are in 1 way or other secured bij a sharekey . of a easy step by step when you 1st use the router and opens the web.
but smart ppl easy work around it . but i notice many dont know a thing of there own network hehe. tnkx for the read

posted by (2011-02-12 00:18:17)
JamesHotwire avatar1/3 have tried 2/3 have succeeded! LOL

posted by (2011-02-12 02:25:29)
No avatarlol middlesex

posted by (2011-02-12 02:27:49)
No avatar1/3? I'd put it up there as high as 2/3. Anyway, its the only to P2P.

posted by (2011-02-12 08:30:13)
C374R avatargod bless our future thx 4 reed SaM

posted by (2011-02-12 09:34:22)
No avatarI think the number is much higher. but thanks for sharing.

posted by men (2011-02-13 11:11:44)
ToeringsNthongz avatarover 40% of Wi-Fi networks were also vulnerable to illegal use??hahaha,i think that number is WAY,WAY,HIGHER! unless they never heard of backtrack ?? lol,i remember my old cisco teacher a few years back trying to tell us his wi-fi network was safe and sooo secure ,until i crack into it ! and yeah that teacher wasn't too good.

posted by (2011-02-13 19:58:17)
BenjaWiz avatarThis argument is the same argument used in politics safety over civil liberties aka freedom so we should go after everyone who has a hot spot or leaves their WiFi open to share because there are folks who leave it open intentionally for those who have no money for the big prices ISP's want. It will always come down to one thing "GREED" and what about Libraries should we shut them down too??? cause their internet is freely avilable??? I don't like where this is headed yet again everyone is the criminal pathetic counter arguments on behalf of these corps and government.

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