SWAT Team Raids Wrong Home Due to Open Wi-Fi
Once More With Feeling: An IP Address is Not Enough Proof of Guilt
We've often noted how an IP address is not reliable evidence of guilt, given the multiple residents in a household, the number of open Wi-Fi hotspots, and the ease with which some Wi-Fi security can be easily hacked. A fairly dramatic example of that problem arose recently when an Indiana SWAT team raided the home of a local suspected of threatening local police online
, only to find an innocent 18-year old woman watching television (there's a video
). As it turns out, the threats were made from outside the home, a realization that resulted in a more measured bit of surveillance and actual police work before the local police got the right person. Granted it's a reminder that people should secure their routers, though with WEP and WPA2 being hackable, the real problem again appears to be the assumption that an IP address is a clear indicator of guilt.
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|reply to Daarken |
Re: Wrong House, Right Call
said by Daarken:Absolutely disagree.
With the threats of impeding harm to police officers and their family, and proclaiming having explosives, going in full steam with the swat team, is going to be the only resort the police take.
Situations like this require immediate response. Taking the time to determine if the residence has an open router will never be taken into account before they do a raid.
The police will apologize and pay for any damages, but the call is still the right one to make.
On the one you had the THREAT of violence against police and family members, but no actions or violence.
The on the other, you have police performing actual violence.
The police have the opportunity to protect themselves and their family. They also have the obligation to make sure that they are going to the right place and acting against the right people before they start busting doors down.
"apologize and pay for any damages" ... so what happens when they kill your dog? Or your kid? Or you? "Oops, our bad! We'll pay for this front door and your funeral". No, that is simply not right, and the fact that this story happened to not have a tragic ending does not mean that this is an acceptable way to operate.
The ONLY reason for a "no knock" is when they have SOLID information that the home contains actual violent criminals, not people making threats online.
WPA2 not crackable
I think you've confused WPA2 with WPS. WPS can be cracked and when cracked it will hand over the key used by WPA. Routers that do not have WPS, or have it disabled are not vulnerable to any known form of WPA cracking.
Get with the Modern Age
I am sure back in the day, after the invention of cars, the first car thefts occurred. Manufacturers then began to put locks on cars and people used them. Now everyone locks their car.
Well, here we are 100 years later and anyone who has an open WiFi is as dumb as someone who leaves their keys in the ignition.