Are half of the UK's Wi-Fi networks vulnerable to hacking?
According to research (probably undertaken by people who want you to buy security products), around half of the Wi-Fi networks in the UK are vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves. It would take a sorry specimen to want to take the identity of anyone associated with Bitterwallet.
The research involved something called an "ethical hacker". Does that mean he wears hemp trousers and cuddles modems? Anyway, this ethical hacker is called Jason Hart and he visited 6 UK cities and tested private Wi-Fi networks that broadcast signals to public places.
Using easily available equipment (though not necessarily easy to use) it is reported that Hart found 40,000 Wi-Fi networks that ran a high risk of being hijacked by hackers.
The study also showed that nearly a quarter of private wireless networks had no password protection, which of course, makes them easily accessible to people who might want to do something a bit dubious with it.
Hart said in a statement: “When people think of hackers they tend to think of highly organised criminal gangs using sophisticated techniques to crack networks. However, as this experiment demonstrates, all a hacker requires is a laptop computer and widely available software to target their victims.”
Where did he get his number from though? Did he go to some cities, get a number, and then multiplied his results by the number of places in Britain or what? Anyway, the lesson we've learned here is that, if you haven't protected your Wi-Fi connection with a password, do it. Or, if you want to buy some hemp trousers and hack someone else's, it's a piece of piss.