[oclug] The Feds can own your WLAN too
rbrockway at opentrend.net
Wed Apr 6 15:13:09 EDT 2005
On Tue, 5 Apr 2005, Kevin Everets wrote:
> I don't view others using my wireless as a crime, though. I actually
That's fine. I was talking to those who do, for whatever reason, want to
keep their networks private.
> like that I'm allowed to share my connection (due to actually having a
> decent ISP), and by using something like NoCatSplash
> (http://nocat.net) I can inform people that are in the area that I'm
> providing this service for them, and hope that they will do the same
While I can see where you are coming from be aware that emerging laws may
introduce liability. No I don't like this but it does appear to be
existing playing field.
> Hoarding one's internet connection (even when it's unmetered and
> running idle for the most part) seems to be the status quo these days,
> which I find sad. Viewing people who share their internet connection
I remember when the 'net was a truly open place. Breakins were a pretty
rare event. Unfortunately some of those who came online in recent years
don't have respect for the technology and the tendency to abuse the
network has risen exponentially.
> as negligent or incompetent hurts the sharing culture which I'm a part
I'm with you on this Kevin but some of the people who connect to your
network will not hold the same position as you and I. Some of them may
attempt to break into your systems or use your systems to anonymously
attack elsewhere. They are the ones who have wrecked the openness of the
net, not the people who try to secure it now that these people are
> of. The internet was built on shared connections between peers and
> has been gradually transforming into an entirely different thing based
> on services provided by large organizations and consumers of those
> services. This is a trend I'd like to see reverse, and will do what I
> can to help that happen.
I see this as a seperate issue to the need to secure the network.
I agree that we need to make sure the Internet retains its peer to peer
character. Even in such an arrangement the need to secure the network now
exists if we want to have any hope of keeping private information private.
Robert Brockway B.Sc.
Senior Technical Consultant, OpenTrend Solutions Ltd.
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