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Wi-Fi Hijacking Rampant Across UK, Says Survey

A survey conducted by moneysupermarket.com on broadband usage has come up with some shocking results. The study claims that around 4 million Britons have admitted to have used someone else’s broadband connection.

This means that the even though the government plans to impose laws to stop illegal filesharing, its going to be difficult for the government to enforce the claims.

More worrying is the fact that the 4 million Brits in question have used someone else’s connection without the account holder finding out. The activities included surfing, downloading and streaming content.

Interestingly, the surveyed also showed that 1 in every 5 wireless users doesn’t believe that the connection is protected by a password.

Expressing his views on the subject, Moneysupermarket.com’s broadband manager James Parker mentioned that the hijacking of someone else’s connection can have serious repercussions if the connection is being used for criminal activity.

He further added that people can receive a huge internet bill from the internet service provider for downloading more than the limit that the ISP has set according to their plan of service.

Interestingly another leading ISP, Talk Talk too had also recently warned that around 7 million users were vulnerable to wireless connection hi-jacking and said that the government’s efforts to deal with illegal filesharing were futile.

Our Comments

We've already seen how this can cause massive problems. Earlier today we wrote about this pub owner who was fined £8000 simply because someone used the property's free WiFi network to download illicit content.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.