Dear Wireless Users

A few points:

  1. The specially-encoded rays being emitted by your hundred-dollar wireless router aren’t smart enough to stop and turn back when they get to the edge of your apartment.
  2. Your Windows shares, equipped as they are with default passwords, are therefore world-readable and, perk up now, world-writable.
  3. Thanks for sharing.

I’m not admitting to anything here, of course, but I’m suddenly curious about the legal details surrounding guest/guest passwords on world-accessible shares. For example, is what I’ve just done (a) tantamount to accessing a public FTP site or (b) five to fifteen?


  1. Posted December 30, 2003 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Depend on how you feel about the concept of hush money, I guess.

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted December 30, 2003 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how this person’s patients would feel about having their medical documents exposed to the world like that.

    I mean, Christ.

  3. Posted January 5, 2004 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks to this post, I finally went to the hassle of turning on WEP. I mean, I trust the elderly folks living next to me not to perform nefarious deeds, but when I realize that I’m in easy driving distance of Canada, and therefore open to the depradations of Canadian hackers like you…

  4. Posted January 5, 2004 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    FWIW, WEP is pretty trivial to break. Better to filter by MAC address, if your router/firewall allows it.

  5. Ben Ryan
    Posted January 5, 2004 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Which, if I’m not mistaken, still doesn’t protect you from people eavesdropping after they’ve cracked your WEP protection. No write capabilities maybe, but that’s not really comforting for our, ah, hypothetical doctor there.

  6. Mike Hoye
    Posted January 5, 2004 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Well, I left our hypothetical doctor a note, suggesting that they might want to either turn on their encryption or close off their shares.

    I wonder how common this is. Among people who should be keeping their information under wraps, I mean. If, as the slashdot people claim, around a quarter of the machines in the world that are connected to the ‘net are running Win98, then I suspect that the world has a serious problem.