Brisbane police target open Wi-Fi networks in fight against cyber crimes

27 March, 2012 by Macworld Australia Staff
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The Australia’s War Driving Project is on a mission to caution people of Brisbane against open Wi-Fi networks susceptible to malicious attacks from perpetrators wanting to access private information online.

Queensland’s capital city police are bringing awareness to the issue by driving around local neighbourhoods with laptops, attempting to connect to the internet using Wi-Fi signals from surrounding homes.

If a networks is identified, officials will contact the home owners with the necessary information to safeguard their Wi-Fi networks. Police then return to these areas they have tested to ensure that homes or businesses have secured their Wi-Fi connection.

“Having WEP encryption is like using a closed screen door as your sole means of security at home. The WPA or WPA2 security encryption is certainly what we would recommend as it offers a high degree of protection,” Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said on the Queensland Police Service website, as reported by Mashable.

The initiative launched in Australia last week as part of National Consumer Fraud Week. The event is held to raise awareness of the risks associated with online identify theft and fraud.

Do you think the project being undertaken by Brisbane police will effectively target cyber criminals? And what do you think is the best way to protect your Wi-Fi network? Let us know in the comments field below.

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