Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Is Google Really Spying on Congress

This has got to be the most ridiculous attempt to get a company in trouble I have ever seen. Consumer Watchdog now claims that while collecting private data from its StreetView cars Google has hacked into a Congresswomen's Wi-Fi connection. While there is a legitimate concern for what and why Google has collected over time from its StreetView cars, the company is undoubtedly not malicious enough to steal from people as important as United States representatives.

Furthermore, it is stupid enough that somebody as important as California Representative Jane Harman runs not one, but two unencrypted Wi-Fi networks at her house. Even the New York City Department of Education is smart enough to at least use WEP. While it's true that employees from your company will rarely be challenged to hack your Wi-Fi, come to your house, make a fake network, and lure you into it, an unprotected Wi-Fi network is disastrous if you are transferring important information across that network. That's all I have to say on the issue, for most of my opinions on Wi-Fi were expressed in my May post on the subject.

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