While cruising the Internet I cam upon a discussion on the “WiFi Planet” Web site. At first I laughed at it because the initial poster was upset a not being able to freeload off a nearby apartment building’s open Wifi connection.
Here is the screen-shot from the discussion – free_wifi1
Then I got to thinking about how easy it is for people to jump on a person’s Internet connection. The guy didn’t sound like he was planning on using the connection to commit any crimes, but you never really know.
The guy wasn’t very technical or he could have figured out the apartment building was most likely MAC filtering the systems they allowed to connect to it. It would have been a simple thing to wireless sniffing to find a MAC address of an authorized systems and copy it down. By using an easily available program he could have “spoofed” his MAC address (on his wireless network adapter/card) with the authorized one.
My point in all this is that some of the John Does out there have/had an open Wifi connection and it was abused by an unauthorized person(s). The debate of running an open Wifi can be a hot one and of course the Trolls say you are responsible for any activity that occurs on it. IMO that argument it is a load of crap. Just want to hear what you think about all of this.