Local Politicians Say Open WiFi Should Be Illegal

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

It's quite well known that there are security issues with WiFi networks, but there are ways to take precautions and make yourself pretty safe. As education gets better, it the security risks shouldn't be as big a deal. However, some local politicians in Westchester County, NY have decided to go a step further. According to Guy Kewney, Westchester's County Executive is proposing a law that would basically outlaw open WiFi from any commercial business. As Kewney points out, in the description of the "problem" it appears that the politicians are a bit confused about the actual problem, mixing up a few different issues related to WiFi and security. Obviously, it's a good idea to encourage commercial WiFi providers to make their networks more secure -- but does it really need a law? Update: To clarify, since there's some confusion, by "open WiFi," we mean unsecured WiFi. They're not saying businesses can't offer WiFi, but that it has to include security. But, the examples the politicians give are all just about regular open WiFi access points.

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    The Other Mike, 4 Nov 2005 @ 6:51am

    Re: The problem is...

    Not that I don't get a dozen security notices for open source OS's a day or anything... One week on a mailing list for OS security issues will demonstrate that the vulnerabilities are just as bad in all other OS's. Even retarded monkey's know that you hack the ~94% marketshare OS (namely Windows) first.

    Just because you got a grudge about OS choices doesn't mean that it is actually the root of all that is evil. Politicians are.

    I have already seen how these coffee shops - when faced with a court order - refuse to divulge information about who did something illegal on their network (and I am not talking about file sharing). So they get no sympathy here. If they refuse to enforce some kind of standard on it then someone has to.

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