youfoundjake - 8:22 pm on Jun 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
I have to agree with IncrediBILL. If you don't secure your network, you deserve what you get/lose.
These days, there are a zillion companies that come in and set up your internet connection at home, and as far as I know, these routers/modems all come with cds that basically ask you questions about your connection during setup, and allow for the option to enable wireless and set up a key.
I hope Google does a study with the data they have, such as "with all the open networks we found, we saw users were using simple to guess passwords to access email and banking, such as "password" or "god" or "letmein"."
I don't know how many of you heard about the identity theft company where the ceo gave out his SSN, and had his identity stolen 13 times. If you did, what was your initial response to that? Mine was, well he's an idiot, he brought it on himself. Those criminals purposely targeted him based on what he gave out.
Google "unfortunately" collected data that wasn't secured. Just like when they crawl pages that aren't blocked by robots.txt. Does that excuse Google, no-not completely, but are they completely at fault in this? No. The individuals that were exposed need to take responsibility.