Have You Left a Loaded Gun Out In The Open?

I was rereading a variety of posts dealing with running an “Open” Wifi and I came across something John Steele is allegedly to have said on the subject.  Link to San Francisco Chronicle article – http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/14/BUG51KA26R.DTL&tsp=1

“But Steele’s not buying such excuses. In an interview, he said anyone who fails to secure their Wi-Fi is as responsible for the subsequent crimes or tragedies as a parent who leaves a loaded gun within reach of a 3-year old.”

Oh boy, what a bozo statement to make.  A more accurate statement would have been it is akin to someone leaving the front door of their house unlocked.  If an unauthorized person entered the house and committed the crime, the police would go after the criminal, not blame the home owner.  If the police have probable cause to believe the owner committed the crime, they then run a full investigation to prove their case.  Not send out a letter telling the owner he is guilty, pay a couple thousand dollars, or we will harass you with threats of being fined upward of $100,000.00!

Mr. Steele – What do you say to all the businesses that run an “Open” WiFi?  Are they guilty also?  The reason you don’t go after them is because of the “Safe Harbor” protection they enjoy from the Copyright Laws.  I know you will say that is different because most businesses restrict the various high-level ports and protocols, but you are wrong.  Running an Open Wifi is the same for individual or business.  Even if an Open Wifi restricts people to only Web traffic (Port 80, 443, etc.), anyone can access a Proxy Web site and circumvent this restrictions.   Keep trying and we will keep fighting! 😉

Oh I forgot.  Here is a possible criminal for you – The District Court for the District of Columbia (Washington DC).  They run an Open Wifi!  Link – http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/wireless_terms

Have a great day.

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One Response to Have You Left a Loaded Gun Out In The Open?

  1. John Doe says:

    Here is a follow-on SF Chronicle article in which the 70 year old Grandma expresses her feeling after Steele Hansmeier drops their case against them. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/steele-hansmeier-drops-case_n_942750.html

    “The woman expressed her disgust with the law firm when the suit was first filed. “It smacks of extortion,” she said. The woman claimed that she had never downloaded pornography and that she had never heard of a BitTorrent. Her wireless Internet service was not password protected. ”

    “SFGate reported that, after taking her story to the press, the woman received a letter from the law firm stating that it was dropping the charges against her, claiming that it had found the actual person responsible for the downloads and denying that the publicity had influenced the case.

    “But the woman disagreed. “They had an unwinnable case and I called them on it,” she said to SFGate. “And I hope other people do, too.”

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