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Whisher: Because One Spanish Wi-Fi Revolution Wasn't Enough
New service takes Fon's lead but doesn't resell bandwidth
by Karl Bode 12:48PM Tuesday Jan 30 2007
Tell us if you've heard this song before: A Spanish company wants to start a Wi-Fi "revolution" by using existing user Wi-Fi hotspots to create a web of global, free wireless access points. While that sounds just like Fon, it's actually a new startup named Whisher that's trying the same idea with a twist. Instead of selling subsidized Wi-Fi routers or dealing with firmware, Whisher offers a downloadable software client that can manage your AP and passwords while integrating chat and other functionality.

The reason Whisher resembles Fon is that Moreno claims he was a Fon co-founder, though that's strangely denied by the people at Fon. Unlike Fon, who resells user bandwidth, Whisher generates revenue through client ads, which he hopes will keep them on sound legal footing. "Either you believe in the user-generated revolution or you believe ISPs rule the world," says Ferran Moreno, co-founder and CEO of Whisher. "If I am paying for my broadband, I have the right to share it with other people, as long as I am not reselling the service. And we are not reselling access."

If you're a regular from the days when cable providers used to do flyovers of neighborhoods to scan for nefarious Wi-Fi users, you'll recall that just sharing bandwidth is technically against many ISPs' TOS. With the number of unsecured hotspots out there and the growing amount of 3G coverage, it's hard to see people really bothering to seek out a handful of Whisher or Fon hotspots. That means the software needs to give people something they don't already have -- something that's explored over at Wi-Fi Networking News.

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FFH5
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How soon before hackers crack the Whisher password DB ?

The trick is that each copy of Whisher has an encrypted database storing passwords for all open networks, and the passwords for buddy networks.
It won't be long before someone cracks the Whisher DB and makes the userid/pw's available of anyone who joins the Whisher network.
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hopeflicker
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Re: How soon before hackers crack the Whisher password DB ?

"f you're a regular from the days when cable providers used to do flyovers of neighborhoods to scan for nefarious Wi-Fi users,"

I've never heard of anything like this. Do you have a link to an article?
I know they do fly overs for leaking RF out of their systems, but for WIFI?
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Re: How soon before hackers crack the Whisher password DB ?

It was something AT&T Broadband did a few times in California back when cable operators were trying to equate Wi-Fi with cable theft. Time Warner Cable also was active on this front and frequently sent out lawyer nastygrams...

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Re: How soon before hackers crack the Whisher password DB ?

wow!
thanks for the link, Karl.
I can't believe they would spend money on that.
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Ferran

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Why would a hacker want to hack it if he can get the keys with the application? I don't know, it seems to me it doesn't make sense the effort...unless banks would be behind WiFis, which is not the case.

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Alright!

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Whisher offers a down loadable software client that can manage your AP and passwords while integrating chat and other functionality.
Sounds like a great idea! Sign me up!

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hahahaha sorry

no one expects the spanish wifi revolution...apologies to michael palin
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I have it

I got it for free, what made me got it was (besides it was free) there are a lot of Fon's users in Madrid.