...Heard at an SCTE conference...An ISP equips its trucks with laptops
running a simple UNIX program that looks for open Wi-Fi accessibility and
sends an e-mail through it back to the NOC.  The e-mail header identifies
the owner who is then warned of the potential problems that can befall the
user if it is open due to negligence.  I didn't hear how they know
beforehand whether or not they do a trace to assure it is one of theirs.

Another ISP's reply at another session said that open Wi-Fi systems often
result in support calls from the subscribers who complain of "poor
performance" and who actually are locked onto a neighbor's also-open AP.
The support call identifies this situation and talks the user through the
process of locking down their home system.

A company in Austin, Affinegy, produces a software product that
automatically configures all a home's PCs and AP/router.  I haven't seen it
but talked to their folks at a CableLabs show and looked at the site.

. . . j o n a t h a n

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Uhh, and that's the same reason ISPs have been sued (admittedly
un-documentable) 
for trying to make money off that idea...   If you KNOW it's open, you
invaded 
someone's privacy to figure that out, and there starts the whole
argument all over again...

 

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http://techdirt.com/articles/20060629/1843240.shtml

from a comment:

I have yet to understand how having open WiFi poses a threat to anyone.
If anyone is going to be war driving I would think it would be the
internet providers, since it's your agreement with them that is being
broken by leaving your WiFi unsecured.

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