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  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026744/Police-using-Fluke-Networks-AirCheck-WiFi-Tester-child-porn-suspects-wireless-networks.html

    Dave

  • Dave notice that the original story is from KOMO in Seattle, isn?t that the home of Fluke? Maybe I?m just being really cynical but it seems to me that it?s a PR stunt between Fluke and local LE to sell a product?

  • I'm sure it probably is. The only reason I put the post up is that the device ( and any other similar type of device ) may help prevent some of the truly awful cases where innocent people who have had their Wi-Fi connection "hi-jacked" for nefarious purposes have had their doors smashed down and armed police bursting into the house. For some, it took months to clear their names. Even when proven innocent, the "stigma" still remains. I think any device that can perform even the most basic analysis will be a step in the right direction. It must be pretty scary trying to convince the police that you are not the one downloading all that bad stuff.

    Fluke probably gave the Police Dept a few for free or for trial use.

    Dave

  • Exactly, that why I use only ethernet at home except for the lab equipment, which doesn?t connect to the internet!

  • http://www.geek.com/articles/news/man-wrongly-accused-of-child-porn-learns-to-password-protect-wifi-the-hard-way-20110426/

    Dave

  • "Locating sex offenders isn't the device?s only capability - it can also be used to fight phishing scammers, identity thieves, and internet stalkers."

    So I guess you point it at the suspect and it tells you which criminal activity they've been engaged in? :)

  • Once you've established that, you can them track them down and batter them over the head with it...

    Dave

  • [quote]If a wireless network under investigation is secured, Fluke says police can be sure they have the 'correct offender' downloading illegal content.[/quote]

    And as always with this sort of nonsense, it can be used for both good and bad. So let's say badguy gets an amazon cloud account and brute forces the neighbors WPA password. Now he has plausible deniability "no way it can be me, the neighbors using security" (or from the police perspective- "guess we don't have to go suspecting the neighbors") and sticks innocentguy with a much harder to prove case for innocence.

    One door closes, another opens. That's the security paradigm.

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