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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 50% of UK’s Wi-Fi Networks Unprotected

50% of UK’s Wi-Fi Networks Unprotected

50% of UK’s Wi-Fi Networks Unprotected

Added: Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A new study carried out in the United Kingdom illustrates the trouble the government is going to have when trying to properly enforce its Digital Economy Act, as well as the challenges it would face when making sure the accused file-sharers are really guilty.

The biggest concern related to UK’s Digital Economy Act that UK observers still have is that country’s citizens’ Wi-Fi connections can be easily hacked by third parties, thus making them responsible for any copyright violation committed on the network. The concern became a reason for once again pointing out the results of a study which confirmed that nearly half of the UK’s Wi-Fi networks are unsecured.

CPPGroup, a largest provider of Life Assistance products and services has held an “ethical hacking” experiment, where almost 40,000 Wi-Fi connections across 6 cities were found out to be “high risk,” while nearly 50% of all the connections could be hacked in maximum 5 seconds.

This study can really open eyes at how many users have a cavalier attitude to Wi-Fi use, forgetting about the dangers posed by illegal use. The research largely focused on the harm which unprotected Wi-Fi connections can mean for people if they would allow the third parties to access online banking websites, private emails, or social networks, especially pointing at the concern that subscribers can also be falsely accused of copyright violation.

As everyone knows, the UK’s DEA will demand Internet service providers to send out notifications to users that warn them they’ve been accused of unauthorized file-sharing, with the 3d letter meaning Internet disconnection. 50% of unprotected Wi-Fi connections only mean that lots of users will be falsely targeted, which will do little to curb copyright violation, but only anger many erstwhile paying subscribers.

A year ago an ISP TalkTalk carried out a similar research to get almost identical results, saying that 41% of all the Wi-Fi connections in the country were vulnerable to hijacking. All these studies once again prove that an IP address can’t be used to identify a liable person.

Although the British entertainment industry remains the biggest proponent of disconnecting unauthorized file-sharers, it keeps boasting record profits, hinting that it may be the right time for the government to revisit the DEA, especially considering that the bill was hurried through with almost no debate.

October 22th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-10-23 04:59:35)
spiritchaser5150 avatarWhen are the ISPs gonna stop taking this crap are they gonna lose 50% of their innocent customers or ban together n say enough is enough. Way to go to those in the UK who keep it open for their neighbors who might not be fortunate to afford the internet cost.

posted by Blocked (2010-10-25 07:27:03)
mrblue00 avatarnot sure why me comment didnt come up must've pressed sommat as i was saying i leave mine open the nextdoor kids love it i even helped them to connect to me slay the greed folks have a toot on me old peacepipe on this monday frosty morning in the good old uk FAROUT MaN !!!!

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