Wi-Fi users warned of pirates

AT&T Broadband is warning customers to secure their Wi-Fi networks after an unusual case in which a subscriber played an unwitting role in dispatching a pirated movie over the Internet, the company's spokeswoman said.

The movie pirate lived next door to the subscriber, but was able to access his neighbor's Wi-Fi wireless network and use it to send the movie out over his neighbor's AT&T Broadband's high-speed Internet service, according to AT&T Broadband spokeswoman Sara Eder.

The actual pirate was ultimately caught, and the AT&T Broadband customer got a break.

"All we could do was ask the neighbor to encrypt his Wi-Fi network," said Eder, who added that they tracked down the problem after getting a complaint from an agency representing the movie's producers.

News source: ZDnet Special Edition

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