Open WiFi Leads Police to Raid the Wrong Home

open wifiLet’s say that you have a gripe against the police department in your area. A gripe so big that you feel the need to threaten violence against the whole department. What do you do? Well, if you’re a teenage kid in Evansville, Indiana you might consider posting a threat on a public computer forum for the town. But of course you’d want to be untraceable, so what do you do? Find an open WiFi signal, and post the threat so it looks like it’s coming from someone else.

That’s exactly what happened recently, and the outcome was not pretty. The home that hosted that open WiFi signal was raided by a SWAT team. That’s right, they took the threat very seriously and sent an elite squad to break down the door, toss in flash grenades, and …. well, scare the 18 year old girl watching tv half to death.

An investigation showed that the WiFi signal was open and the threat message did not originate from anyone in the home. It’s believed to have been sent by a local teen from a smartphone.

You can read more about this incident here. Yet another reason not to run an open WiFi signal.