Friday, November 05, 2010

Could home router owners be responsbile for illegal downloads of wardrivers?

The whopping judgment against a Minnesota woman for illegal downloading that she says she didn’t do, raises a question. True, RIAA says it is not suing now but is working with ISP’s. But if you have a home router, and a wardriver gets too close and does illegal downloading with your router, are you responsible? I wonder.

The server logs will identify the computer as well as router, so you would be able to prove it wasn’t your own computer. (See IT Jobs blog, June 10, 2010). But could you be responsible anyway? A hotel would not be responsible for illegal downloading done through its wireless network, I would think.

Many ISP's provision home routers for use without logon, but from a security viewpoint,. that may not be a good idea.

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