If You Need To Be Convinced You Need A Wi-Fi Password This Story Will Do It

From the Toronto Star and Associated Press:

BUFFALO—Lying on his family-room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of “pedophile!” and “pornographer!” stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn’t need long to figure out the reason for the early morning wake-up call from a swarm of federal agents.

That new wireless router. He’d gotten fed up trying to set a password. Someone must have used his Internet connection, he thought.

“We know who you are! You downloaded thousands of images at 11:30 last night,” the man’s lawyer, Barry Covert, recounted the agents saying. They referred to a screen name, “Doldrum.”

“No, I didn’t,” he insisted. “Somebody else could have, but I didn’t do anything like that.”

“You’re a creep . . . just admit it,” they said.

The rest of this story is here – Toronto Star.

Thank you Michael F., for bringing this story to my attention.

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9 responses to “If You Need To Be Convinced You Need A Wi-Fi Password This Story Will Do It

  1. BOB SLYKER

    Hey Bill,

    Great read and reminder for us all to protect our families and ourselves.

    I had already changed the router password (defaults are far to easy to get off the Internet) long ago; but for convenience I didn’t take other safety precautions.

    Thanks to your post and Michael F. I am no longer broadcasting my WiFi network (SSID Broadcast set to Disable).

    A Big Thank You (BM & MF)!

    Best,

    Bob

    • Hey Bob,

      This had to be one of the most frightening stories I’ve read in a long time. Easy enough (technically), at the end of the day, to prove innocence – but going through the process would be soul destroying.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. John

    Hi Bill,
    Afraid to say I’m one of the guilty ones for not securing my wireless network, sadly it is something that has always technically eluded me in trying to set it up properly.

    I can see I shall have to try again…………
    Cheers,
    John

  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    Imagine if the first dude in the story had resisted, and the law had shot and killed him. And he was innocent in the end. A terrifying story.
    Cheers
    Mal

    • Hey Mal,

      I remember a case about 10 years ago where that actually happened here.

      In a case of a mistaken drug raid by undercover cops, the victim grabbed his rifle (he was an active hunter) and aimed it at the cops, who then shot him dead. His family received megabucks – but he was still dead.

      You’d think the cops would learn from this type of tragedy, and implement a system of safeguards – but no. Last week, the same thing happened (wrong address on a drug raid), not 40 klicks from here. No shooting involved, but…

      Scary stuff.

      Best,

      Bill

  4. Good read, my folks network used to be unsecured until I told them about the dangers of having an unsecured network. Especially since there was a small restaurant across the street and I would often see people there with their laptops and I know that its our wifi they were using coz we were the only ones in the nearby who had wifi during that time.

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