Wi-Fi hijacking is very common

November 30, 2009

With plans by the government to stop illegal filesharing forging ahead, it seems that there could be some serious issues ahead when it comes to enforcing these claims, according to a recent survey of broadband users.

According to a study conducted by the moneysupermarket.com, around four million Brits admit to having used a broadband connection belonging to someone else.

This was done without the account holder knowing and the hacker surfed the net, used email, and downloaded or streamed content.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone, as the study found that twenty per cent of wireless internet users are not sure if their broadband connection is protected by a password.

Hijacking can have some serious problems for the account holder as a hacker could do almost anything without the fear of the consequences coming back to them, but the account holder is left to prove that they are innocent, which can be very difficult.


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