Lock Down Your Wi-Fi or the FBI Might Come Knocking

  • free_mind12

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    Apr 27, 2011 9:31 AM GMT

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20110425/tc_pcworld/lockdownyourwifiorthefbimightcomeknocking



    THE AUTHORITIES ARE RIGHT FOR TRACKING DOWN THE PEDOPHILE WHO HIJACKED THE NETWORK



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    "Might come knocking"? Yesterday's report said they kicked the door down and threw the guy down the stairs. All were armed and calling him a "pornographer" and a "pedophile". Typical federal agency, shoot first ask questions later


    Curtis D.
    "What happens in the cities that have city wide free Wi-Fi? Knock down the door to city hall?"



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    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    IP ADDRESS DOES NOT EQUAL POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION! To assume that an ip address equals a specific individual is completely fallacious and the court system needs to wrap its head around this concept before continuing to issue more gestapo-like home invasion orders. For this particular event to have taken place a judge would have had to have signed a warrant. I realize that judges aren't technical people, but this is a basic concept that they need to understand and for an ISP to say "this address belongs to so-and-so" is a far different statement than "so-and-so was using this address at this specific date and time to commit criminal activity".

    This kind of stupidity puts law enforcement officials in jeopardy because frankly more and more homeowners are armed against home invasions.
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    Apr 27, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    Not to sound paranoid, but I always just assume everything I do online is being screened, at least in some way..
    The trouble is that the Internet is still so relativly new that the laws have yet to catch up.
    Obviously, it can be uses as a weapon against pedophiles, crazies, & "terrorists," (whatever that means anymore) but what are we the people sacrificing?
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    Apr 27, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    The real question is: Why the fuck do they go after the IP# that's downloading?
    Why not go after the source?

    Even though my wireless network is "secure" (passworded), this kind of shit makes me consider buying a few long CAT-5's and going back to a wired network. The reason I set a password is because in the few days I went without one, several people used my connection. Never did I realize it could be THAT serious...to me it was just a minor inconvenience when watching Netflix.
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    Apr 27, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    And if people are using proxy IPs and constantly changing them ?

    like some well known troll around here.
  • XxXxXxAZNxXxX...

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    Apr 27, 2011 3:09 PM GMT
    I think that's really dumb
    I mean I do not in ANY WAY condone the uploading.downloading of child pornography, but REALLY?
    The government is becoming so powerful...first our phone calls now our own computers...what's next?
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    Apr 27, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    xcuriousgeorge69 saidI think that's really dumb
    I mean I do not in ANY WAY condone the uploading.downloading of child pornography, but REALLY?
    The government is becoming so powerful...first our phone calls now our own computers...what's next?


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    Apr 27, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    KardioKing said
    xcuriousgeorge69 saidI think that's really dumb
    I mean I do not in ANY WAY condone the uploading.downloading of child pornography, but REALLY?
    The government is becoming so powerful...first our phone calls now our own computers...what's next?


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    Electromagnetically speaking, there's actually a lot of truth to that; however, the mind is powerful enough to ignore any electromagnetic signals that have the potential to interfere with it. All it takes is...literally...mind over matter (disclaimer: this does not imply telekinesis).

    But for those who don't "think" they have that type of mind power...well...
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  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Apr 27, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    I am a little confused; i assume that in order to find that kind of stuff one must hit several servers and go onto some kind of encrypted site...leaving an e-footprint. Its not like you can google 'kiddie porn' and get 150 pages of live hits (I assume...not like ive tried it or want to try it icon_neutral.gif ) So if my theory is correct...and you really have to work at finding that stuff...wouldn't it leave a pretty clear trail and demonstrate intent?

    I am with Eccentric in that I assume that anything.everything done online leaves some kind of fingerprint.
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    Apr 27, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe real question is: Why the fuck do they go after the IP# that's downloading?
    Why not go after the source?


    Because they are the source.
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    Apr 27, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    We have a wireless router here. Our problem is 2 computers and a shared printer in 2 different rooms, to which direct cabling isn't practical. So this computer is wireless, his is wired, but he's wireless to the printer that sits next to me, but is wired to my computer. And my iPhone is also on WiFi to the router, though I seldom use that at home.

    I've got passcodes on everything, that are rated pretty high. I doubt any of my neighbors can hack them. But I can access a neighbor who isn't passcode protected, as I have a few times when our own service was interrupted, but not his. He's rarely there, with an airline, yet he keeps his wireless router running 24/7. A waste of electricity, if nothing else, not to mention the risk.

    He's lucky I neither look at nor download kiddie porn, or anything illegal, but if I did, it would be traced to him. If you have a wireless router, you need to protect it.

    At the same time, I think the police need to get more sophisticated, and do more checking before they bust into a residence and start using the unprofessional & abusive language that was reported in several of these cases I've read. This is a SUSPECT, not a convicted criminal, and you behave accordingly. The courts decide guilt, not the police. Their job is to apprehend a suspect, not make a conviction.
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    Apr 27, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    I remember being concerned about signal strength with the Apple Airport - not having an external antenna. The guy in the store showed me the list of available networks on his computer. Half a dozen showed up, some a couple of blocks away. Most were not password protected... including the District Attorney's office.