incrediBILL - 7:55 am on May 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
There are a few open networks in my neighbourhood but I wouldn't know the first thing about reading the emails or data the neighbours are transmitting. Don't you have to have some special code / hacking stuff available to do so ?
Can't really accept the arguments incredibill is making. He is not a layman and is not looking at it from a 'normal user's' point of view.
The apps to track networks are available in Windows, Apple and both the Android and iPhone app stores.
Also, the software and apps to hack those networks are available freely to anyone.
I may not be a layman but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to type "heck wep" or "hack wpa" into Google and get directed to Aircrack which lets the novice get in way over his head in seconds.
I've personally never hacked anyone's wifi network (but my own) and anyone with the available software could do it within minutes, it's not complicated, it's as easy as making a spreadsheet.
Like I said before, legislation should outlaw the poor protocols and leave locking out the bad guys to the technologists.
This is a prime example of Google doing something that good wifi technology and security practices wouldn't even permit them to do in the first place.
Whether you hate or love Google, or whether you hate or love what they did logging wifi, the real issue is WIFI SUCKS unless you use the max security including VPN and SSL.
The lesson that should be coming isn't to vilify Google, but fix your security, otherwise people will just keep endlessly reporting stolen passwords, credit cards and worse and continue to make them publicly available being blissfully ignorant of the situation.
I doubt George Washington would've allow his spies to use wifi, they used invisible ink, something more secure ;)