Police warn of internet theft
POLICE are warning Gatton residents to protect themselves from internet theft as backpackers have been caught tapping into people’s unsecured wireless networks.
A Lake Apex Drive resident returned home last Thursday night, turned on his computer and discovered that someone had illegally accessed his internet and used 20,000 megabytes in downloads.
The man called police at 7.10pm and said he believed the offenders had been sitting in the park across the road from his house.
Gatton police officer-in-charge Tom Missingham said police arrived at 7.50pm but could not locate the suspects.
The man did not want to make a formal complaint and police advised him to secure his wireless network, which can be done by changing the security settings and creating a password.
Senior Sergeant Missingham said it was common to see backpackers using their laptop computers in the main street of Gatton, tapping into the wireless networks of nearby businesses.
Some offenders have left marks on the footpaths, indicating to other internet thieves where an unsecured wireless network is located.
Users often did not realise someone had hacked into their connection.