Wi-Fi arrest highlights security dangers
Wireless security for home networks is in the spotlight following an unusual arrest in Canada, where a man stands accused of downloading child pornography over a hijacked Wi-Fi connection.
Toronto police said they stopped a car last week for a traffic infraction when they found the driver naked from the waist down with a laptop computer on the front seat, playing a pornographic video that had apparently been streamed over a residential wireless hot spot. The driver was charged with possession, distribution and creation of child pornography, as well as theft of telecommunications–a first in Canada, according to local authorities. Prosecutors have not sought to charge the owner of the Wi-Fi connection used to download the images. Still, the Nov. 19 incident offers a dramatic illustration of the dangers of running an insecure Wi-Fi hub from a home or office. Full Story