In the midst of a crime novel binge, I have discovered I am the victim of a real crime. It is, thankfully neither bloody or gruesome, but it is very much a crime of our times.
Some sneaky little so-and-so has been tapping into my password protected internet connection and downloading in the middle of the night.
Unluckily for them I have one of the lowest download limits available so, despite their being clever enough to not download anything the size of video, I noticed it.
I say ‘unluckily’ but so far I haven’t managed to defeat my friendly local cyber-thief. Given that it was an already password protected wireless network, I started by doing the logical thing and went for a stronger encryption type which they clearly laughed at (or they have somehow gotten a key-logger onto my computer).
So then I changed to my other computer and updated the passwords to both my modem manager and the wi fi access to longer, less ‘words in english’ concoctions. It took two days for them to crack that.
What is truly creepy about this crime, is that I have no houses behind or in front of me. And even if you say the wi fi might reach as far as 50 mtrs , that encompasses about 10 houses. So, unless there’s something even stranger going on, there’s a dedicated person in one of those houses stealing from me.
The sad thing is, that it doesn’t seem the police have any department who looks after this kind of cyber-crime. Scams and denial of service attacks, yes, but not this. I’ve reported it anyway to the local constabulary, but I’m not holding my breath.
To be honest, I almost wouldn’t care about someone stealing such small amounts of download time off me, or the fact that the cops seem ill-equipped to deal with it, but for the thought that this thief could be downloading anything.
Sure the perpetrator could just be some pimply faced geekazoid who doesn’t believe in paying if they can manage not to through their own cleverness. Or it could be someone quite deliberately concealing illegal activity of a much more serious nature.
I have a few other tricks to try to thwart them with, but if I have to go back to using a 10 mtr cable so I can blog from my couch, I will.
Moral of the story is: check your daily internet usage from time to time – you never know who’s stealing from you in the dead of night.