War Driving – Australian Police looking for unencrypted home wifi – PRIVACY TACTIC
Australian Police are war driving for unencrypted home wifi networks. They then mail the residents and notify them of the risks they’re running.
Even where weak encryption is used, such as WEP, the police are still writing to civilians.
In its “ War Driving Project,” the Queensland Police Service will conduct “proactive patrols” of residential and commercial areas within the greater Brisbane area to identity Wi-Fi connections that are unprotected and leave their owners vulnerable.
“These people may as well put their bank account details, passwords and personal details on a billboard on the side of a highway,” the Queensland police said in its press release today (March 22).
Why is this good?
Australian authorities are taking a proactive approach to educating residents. They are locating those, easy to hack home routers – and asking residents to tighten up security.
It creates awareness amongst civilians of weak encryption, or zero encryption.
- I can’t praise the Australians enough for this approach. The UK should follow their lead.
- If any country is serious about cyber crime – home wifi is where we start the solution.