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Neighbor Gets 18 Years for Hacking Neighbor

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Home security in the physical world is locks, cameras and a home security system. In the virtual world home security is protecting your homes wireless internet connection.

I’ve spoke many times of how hackers can invade your wireless internet and steal your identity by getting onto your computer. We’ve also touched on how pedophiles can hijack your wireless internet and download child porn which can get the FBIs attention resulting in a battery ram on your front door at 3 am.

In Minnesota prosecutors put away a “depraved criminal” for 18 years as a result of virtually torturing his neighbors via their Wi-Fi connection.

After a brief encounter with his new neighbors he began “a calculated campaign to terrorize his neighbors”.

Wired reports “He demonstrated by his conduct that he is a dangerous man. When he became angry at his neighbors, he vented his anger in a bizarre and calculated campaign of terror against them,” (.pdf) prosecutor Timothy Rank said in a court filing. “And he did not wage this campaign in the light of day, but rather used his computer hacking skills to strike at his victims while hiding in the shadows.”

It’s a pretty frightening story that should scare you into locking down your wireless internet.

When setting up a wireless router, there are two suggested security protocol options. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) which is a certification program that was created in response to several serious weaknesses researchers had found in the previous system, Wired Equivalent Privacy.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing home security and identity theft on TBS Movie and a Makeover. Disclosures.

 

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