[ISN] Mumbai police to look out for unsecured Wi-Fi connections

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 01:11:35 -0600 (CST)

The Times of India
9 Jan 2009

MUMBAI: City policemen will be soon seen roaming in the streets with 
laptops in their hands in search of unsecured Wi-Fi connections. In an 
initiative taken by the Mumbai police, in the backdrop of terror mails 
sent before blasts and terror attacks, policemen will be sent to various 
locations in the city in search of unsecured Wi-Fi connections.

"If a particular place's Wi-Fi is not password protected or secured then 
the policemen at the spot has the authority to issue notice to the owner 
of the Wi-Fi connection directing him to secure the connection," DCP 
Sanjay Mohite said.

The notice will be issued by the police under section 149 of the 
Criminal Procedure Code which is to prevent the commission of a 
cognizable offence.

The step was taken at a conference today where around 80 police 
personnel were present to learn about Wi-Fi connections and cyber crime. 
Terror mails were sent through unsecured Wi-Fi connections prior to the 
Delhi and Ahmedabad blasts.

While the mail sent before the Ahmedabad blasts was traced to the 
residence of US national Kenneth Heywood in Navi Mumbai, the mail sent 
prior to the Delhi blast was traced to a residence in suburban Chembur. 
The Wi-Fi connections in both the cases were unsecured, which was used 
to send the terror mails.

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