Send In The Cops To Secure Open WiFi?
from the no,-seriously? dept
There have been some absolutely bizarre articles from people misunderstanding open WiFi networks, but this one, clearly, leads the pack. Geek News Central points us to an amazing (anonymous) story at ZDNet UK suggesting that police cars be setup to war drive. Give ’em a laptop and NetStumbler, and if the car notes an open WiFi network, the police are then supposed to find the owner and warn them to secure the access point. If they don’t within seven days, the cops will call the RIAA and the BSA to audit the network to see if any illegal file sharing is going on. As Geek News Central says: “It has to be a joke because it is beyond me how that article made it through the editorial chop chain.” Having an open WiFi network is not a crime. There are security risks involved, but there are plenty of legitimate reasons to leave an access point open. Getting police involved is pointless and then having them “alert” private industry groups is simply ridiculous. At best, hopefully this is a (very) weak attempt at a “modest proposal” style satire.