“…The stealing of another person’s paid Internet access by tapping into their home router or cable modem. When someone uses your Internet connection for illegal activity, it could leave you as the unwitting target of a police investigation.” This is a quote from today’s USAToday article, Internet thieves piggyback on legitimate users.
For those calling on the SMB space, the above quote should include small business routers as well – and of course, small businesses running out of a person’s home, something I am seeing more and more as small companies operate without brick and mortar offices. Like spam, the average business owner is under the impression we are fighting a bandwidth hog or time waster, but the real risk is in the phrase, police investigation! They don’t mention it here, but the fastest growing business on the net today is kiddy porn – so the above quote should read, …by tapping into home or small business routers…uses your Internet connection for illegal activity, such as the resale and distribution of kiddy porn. And it won’t be the police knocking, it will be the FBI, knocking and confiscating all of your business computers while this mess gets sorted out. In the mean time, your family members and close friends will be wondering who is telling the truth. Try explaining this to your spouse…Talk about urgent – this is urgent.
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© 2012, David Stelzl
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Thanks Dave for your blog post regarding this issue. I just read the USA Today article. The FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is quoted in the article. The FCC should require the cable companies to have some kind of protection against hijacking neighbors cable internet connections. (Although I am not sure this would be within the scope of their authority). This type of hijacking is on the outside of your firewall so it should be the responsibility of the ISP to secure their network.