Queensland Police are set to commence a wardriving mission to warn unsuspecting citizens that their wireless networks are unprotected. Detective Superintendent Brian Hay was presented with a “International Cybercrime Fighter Award” by security vendor McAfee at their Strategic Summit in Sydney and stated that his unit is “about to undertake a wardriving program, in which we drive through areas of Queensland trying to identify unsecured networks”.
Once an unsecured network is detected, the police plan to pay the home or business a friendly visit informing them of the risks of fraud and identity theft which they are exposing themselves to.
“It is a simple campaign, much like past police campaigns in which officers walk around railway station checking cars have been locked. If you leave your car unlocked, you come back and find a note from the Police warning you of the dangers involved with leaving your car unsecured,” Hay told iTnews.