By Robyn Ironside and Paul Donoughue
May 24, 2010
THOUSANDS of Queensland homes and businesses are vulnerable to computer
hackers and identity thieves because their wireless networks are
An unsecured wireless network has minimal or no security settings
enabled, and no password, or the user has not changed the default
password on their wireless router, enabling those within range to easily
Police estimate an "amazing" 50 per cent of wireless internet
connections are unsecured after conducting a "wardriving" campaign
through regional centres.
Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said wardriving involved driving
around with an in-car computer looking for unprotected Wi-Fi networks.
"You wouldn't go out to work each day and leave the front door unlocked
but with an unsecured wireless network that's essentially what you're
doing," Supt Hay said.
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