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Re: OT: unathorized network user.



On Jan 24, 2008 3:02 PM, Bazooka Joe <fastfish gmail com> wrote:
> All this talk of locking networks down is odd for an open source
> community.  (Business networks are different)
>
> I run dd-wrt running nocat auth w/ 5 wds nodes placed around the
> block. At any given time i have a half dozen people who I don't know
> doing I don't know what on my network.
>
> I don't block p2p, smtp .... anything.  I even have my printer on the
> network w/ instructions on how to print to it.
>
> Am I personally at risk? Yes. But I think it is a small price to pay
> to cultivate an open community where information isn't kept from
> others.
>
> -bazooka

Scenario #1

I connect via your wireless AP and download child porn.  The IP
captured resolves back to your ISP, and ultimately to you.  The police
show up at your door, arrest you, and seize your equipment to conduct
a forensic analysis of it.  You get labeled as a pedophile pending
this being cleared up.  Your equipment is gone for at least 6-12 mths
(minimum backlog for many forensic units).  At the end of the day no
evidence is found on your system so no charge is pursued.

Scenario #2

I connect via your wireless AP and use it to send out spam.  Your ISP
cuts off your service for violation of terms of service.  You tell
them it wasn't you, you run an open wireless AP.  They discontinue
your service for breach of terms of service (sharing your connection).

Scenario #3

I connect via your wireless AP and send a threatening email to
someone.  The police come knocking at your door (same as scenario 1).

Scenario #4

I connect via your wireless AP and launch a denial of service attack
against the Department of Defense.  Police arrive at your door (same
as scenario 1).

Scenario #5

I connect via your wireless AP and lure a child.  Police show up at
your door (same as scenario 1).

I'm sure people can come up with all kinds of other nasty scenarios.

Running an open access point is a very, very bad idea for many reasons.

Jacques B.


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