Indian police crack down on unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Police in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) are reportedly on the hunt for poorly secured wireless connections, following an incident last year where hackers sent a warning about an imminent bombing from an innocent person’s Wi-Fi connection.

At a conference in Mumbai last week, 80 policemen were taught about Wi-Fi connections and cybercrime and given the authority to order the owners of wireless routers to properly secure them with encryption and passwords.

A few months after the terror email which sparked off the increased interest in Wi-Fi security was sent, police arrested 31-year-old Mohammed Asghar Mansoor Peerbhoy, a Yahoo India software engineer, in relation to the emails.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.