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Passive-Aggressive Wi-Fi Hotspots 263

the digital nomad writes "If you've had enough of your neighbor stealing your Wi-Fi connection or letting his dog s#%t on your lawn, there is now a better solution than suffering in silence with your brooding anger: leave your neighbor 'a message!' Passive-Aggressive Wi-Fi Hotspots let your networks say what you cannot. And if you're looking for some great name for your Hotspot, make sure to read this post by Gizmodo."
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Passive-Aggressive Wi-Fi Hotspots

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  • Or. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Pojut ( 1027544 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @10:27AM (#31271794) Homepage

    Or you know...actually secure your wifi.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by BlueTrin ( 683373 )
      The above poster is referring to this link [] in the article.
    • Re:Or. (Score:5, Informative)

      by TheLink ( 130905 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @10:36AM (#31271888) Journal

      Not as fun as this: []

      You might even purposely not secure your wifi ;).

    • by smartr ( 1035324 )
      I personally would feel better leeching from a secure connection than my local "tranny hub".
    • Re:Or. (Score:5, Interesting)

      by digitalhermit ( 113459 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @11:36AM (#31272504) Homepage

      My wifi is normally secured, but I have some neighbors that are always trying to login. I see their attempts in the router logs and I open the router up every so often just to have fun. I set the broadcast name to "passw0rd" and changed to that password. Sure enough, they immediately log in with that key. I've set the router to deny all traffic except through my squid proxy and all pages redirect to the proxy welcome page until then. I don't care for their personal content, but it's interesting seeing the URLs that show up in the proxy. Many of them set cookies or use other auth so I can't see their content (at least not without changing some settings) but a good percentage use URL encoding so I can pull up their personal sites. The neighbors bounce a lot between facebook, gmail and some news sites. Oh and porn. The bastards watch a lot of porn. I'm probably going to start redirecting those sites to the GOP homepage or a rickroll at some point You can do this by subscribing squid to one of the blocklist sites. Nothing like a dated meme to piss off the neighbors.

      Setup of the squid proxy took a few hours.. hardest part was the DNS redirect until they connect to the proxy, but there's tons of instructions now for doing it...

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by furby076 ( 1461805 )
      Network Name "PedoLocalChapter15"

      Is it possible to setup a router (e.g. linksys, netgear) to do annoying pop-ups on people's computers who are not on a MAC list? So if someone connects to my network they get a pop-up every X time....I would so spam them, every 3 seconds, with pop-ups to various animal porn sites
    • by clf8 ( 93379 )

      I run my Wifi as a Closed network. It doesn't even show up in people's lists, you have to know the name. Why even advertise a door to begin with?

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Secure your computers. Share your wifi.

      Given the number of visitors and neighbors who have iPhones, blackberries, laptops, etc., it's the friendly thing to do.
    • First thing I thought. Gods forbid someone has to type in a password... (honestly if you can't figure out that you should put a password on both your wifi connection and your router you probably shouldn't be playing with those things)

  • by rwa2 ( 4391 ) * on Thursday February 25, 2010 @10:27AM (#31271798) Homepage Journal

    Yeah, some of them are a little bit funny. This would make a good humor post. But it's hard enough to stay on good terms with your neighbors as it is, so consider saying something nice. Like in driving, it's often stupid and dangerous to fight *ssholes by acting like one yourself, thinking you're going to teach them a lesson.

    I run an open AP named "nohup", since it's on a UPS and is often the only one still running when the power goes out. (Unfortunately, Verizon FIOS's upstream UPS goes out after 5-10 minutes nowadays -- not the ONI in my house, which can putter along for a few hours, but something upstream of that)

    Work with your neighbors to get a wifi mesh going: []

    If you still really want to dick with people, at least do something more technically interesting with transparent proxy hacks, such as [] or running it through a Swedish Chef filter or the ilk.

    • If your neighbors are assholes holding hands and singing ain't going to happen, it's best just to grow a pair and tell them if you don't have the balls create a login page to your hotspot that plays the recording of you neighbors having sex, or pictures of dog shit from your neighbors dog, just make sure your shit is in-order before you do.
      • Nice Guys Finish Last

        "The takers get the honey, givers sing the blues" - Robin Trower

        ...recording of you neighbors having sex, or pictures of dog shit

        "It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood..." - Mr. Rogers

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by godrik ( 1287354 )

      I know you are already modded Interesting. but thank you for the info,

      For the record, the ESSID of my network is ParasiteNet and is always open (in the honor of C. Doctorow). My neighboor love it. They just receive DHCPNAKs when they start consuming too much bandwidth...

    • My AP name is an obvious email address -- "access@(my domain name).net". If someone wants to access it, that's fine with me... but if they don't want it crashing intermittently, they should send me a note and we'll work out some sort of uptime agreement. This would involve helping pay for a more reliable router. It occasionally freezes, and the kids know that if they're having lag in Halo, they can just reboot the router to kick off anyone leeching too much bandwidth.

      As it is, though, my unreliable route

  • that is spelled $#!+

  • I'd like to see my neighboor get into my wired network.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      I'm dong that even as we speak.

      But seriously I agree with you. If you're in a fixed place like your home, it makes more sense to just plug into a nearby jack (in my case - a phone jack). It will provide a faster connection, and doesn't broadcast your data all over the neighborhood for people to see (like those black BBC vans with the antennas).

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Rod Beauvex ( 832040 )
        Alternatively, nothing says 'stay off my network' like four bands of plastic sheathed cable to the face.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Abcd1234 ( 188840 )

        But seriously I agree with you. If you're in a fixed place like your home, it makes more sense to just plug into a nearby jack (in my case - a phone jack).

        Sure... assuming you have ethernet jacks sprinkled about your walls everywhere. Oh, and an ethernet jack on your laptop. And carry ethernet cable around with you. And you don't plan to get up and move around anywhere.

        So, yeah, assuming all that, wires make way more sense...

      • As an aside, while I think your post is a little ridiculous :), flamebait it most certainly is not...

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      I'd like to see my neighboor get into my wired network.

      It's easy to get your wish granted. Just invite him to your flat, tell him to bring his laptop with him, and then offer him a cable to connect. Make sure you watch him while he gets into your wired network, because if you don't, you'll probably not see it.

  • by xbeefsupreme ( 1690182 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @10:36AM (#31271890)
    You Damn kids, get off my wifi!!
  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @10:46AM (#31271968) Journal
    Just install some snooper and logger and let the neighbour in, steal the credentials to his bank account, brokerage account, clean them out, and bankrupt him and force his home into foreclosure and buy it yourself using his own money that you stole. Now no pesky neighbour riding free on your WiFi. Instead you come up with some lame network names? Dumb.
  • Or Even Funnier (Score:3, Insightful)

    by DaMattster ( 977781 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @10:46AM (#31271974)
    Set up your devices with static addresses and set a dhcp scope above the addresses that you need. Then you transparently redirect any http request originating from the dhcp scope to say, (or something nastier to be left to your imagination), using the power of iptables. Now, no matter what website the piggy backer tries to visit, he will be greeted with the ubiquitous home page. Watch how quickly the neighbors will learn to leave your network alone.
    • I think a certain youtube video would be most appropriate....
    • How does one set this up on say a Linksys router? Then restrict it so anyone who doesn't have their mac address recorded with me would get the routing. For example I would want my friends to connect (they give me their MAC), but someone at the coffee shop can bite it.

      I would so name my network "FreeNetwork"
    • I have a second router for "leeches" It is unsecured and not connected to anything. It does get connections from time to time. It has DHCP, DNS, and such all set. It has activity quite often as most routers in my area are secure.

  • My favorite is "PirateHacker", which I hope scares the shit out of someone. I've also used "Unknown" and "ImWatchingYou"


    • Mine is currently "iwillkillyouall" after I kept noticing other machines on my network. I've sinced MAC secured it, but the name still sticks. I think that once I move to my next apartment I'll name it something a little better, though I have no ideas yet.
    • My favourites are "Error" or "Corrupted Node: Do Not Use".

  • Finally, a fun use for my wifi card's VAP functionality =D.
  • by L3370 ( 1421413 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @11:07AM (#31272174)
    It's questionably vulgar. And I know all my neighbors are seeing this.

    The best thing about the name was when my girlfriends mother stayed over for vacation. She brought her laptop and asked for the name of our WiFi network. My girlfriend said it to her in a mumbling embarrassed tone.
  • On of the APs local to me is called "IWillSniffYourPackets" or some such (I'm not at home right now to check). For the time that my SSID was not hidden (for some reason the old man's laptop refused to connect to the AP if the name wasn't visible, a problem that went away when the AP died and was replaced) I used "ReceptionError" figuring people would bypass a secured AP with a name that implied it wouldn't work in favour of the unsecured one called "Netgear" that was in the vicinity.
  • some of these screenshotes were made while beeing connected to the not open "passive-agressive" networks...

  • Convo with SSID (Score:2, Interesting)

    by zcold ( 916632 )
    This is funny only because I once had a conversation with someone using SSID. It was back and forth quips everyday about how my house is better than theirs and so on and so forth.. I realized how incredibly interesting it was to have a "conversation" with SSIDs and how incredibly geeky it was..
  • We've seen this before, ways to push people away from your WiFi without actually securing it. But previously we had creative things to do with the users, like reversing their pages or directing everything to pictures of kittens. This isn't anywhere nearly as inspired.
  • One where I live is called "NotYourNetwork". Not quite as good as these, but it always amused me.

  • by wbav ( 223901 ) <> on Thursday February 25, 2010 @12:08PM (#31272878) Homepage Journal
    When people connect to my wireless network with a Microsoft machine, they see:

    "Windows is now connecting to the 'Psychic Friends' network."

    Makes me smile, every time.

  • by michaelmalak ( 91262 ) <> on Thursday February 25, 2010 @12:18PM (#31273014) Homepage
    Sending messages over SSIDs is not passive-aggressive, it's avoidant []. It could be considered passive-aggressive in a contrived example, such as if a neighbor makes lewd comments to your wife, your wife demands that you talk to the neighbor about it, but instead you decide to communicate over SSID. In that case, you have a responsibility set up by an authority of sorts, and you have ducked that responsibility by fulfilling its terms perhaps by letter and certainly not in spirit.

    "Passive-aggressive" is a catch-phrase that has been broadened in pop psychology, in part because the Internet has permitted so many more avoidant behaviors and people need a name for it and use the one that has enjoyed more use in the popular (primarily entertainment) media.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Oh shut up you pedantic, humorless idiot.
  • Relevant Link: (Score:4, Interesting)

    by 2obvious4u ( 871996 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @12:20PM (#31273034)
  • SSIDs in my building:

    "hey 2b I wanna jizz on yr face"
    "NDBinternet" ....and yes, the girl in 2b is incredibly hot, I'm sure that's why someone chose to send the entire building (and surrounding bldg's) that incredibly classy message.

    I think this is really funny - because what could anybody do about it?

    I wonder if there is anything someone could put in their SSID that would actually cause people to call the police? I mean, obvious things like endorsing blowing up federal bldgs or child

  • by Itninja ( 937614 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @12:39PM (#31273282) Homepage
    The SSID of my unsecured 'guest' hotspot (for friends' cell phone and such) has be called 'keystroke_logger_enabled" for years.
  • Mine's 7JerksAndASquirt, and it's open. It's paid for by my government job, so I figured it's a good way to give back to the little people. If you're ever in the V5R6E6 postal code of Vancouver, Canada, and you need some network connectivity, be my guest.
    Linksys N Router on Shaw's 25Mbps connection.

  • I suggest using an email as SSID and chat all night long with your awake neighbour.
    Great way to make friends ... unless you live surrounded by jerks.

  • by Weaselmancer ( 533834 ) on Thursday February 25, 2010 @02:39PM (#31275414)
    #202477 +(7983)- [X]

    (Mootar) morons.
    (Mootar) these people who live in my apartment complex are connected to my wireless
    (Mootar) they must think they're super-cool hackers by breaking into my completely unsecure network
    (Mootar) unfortunatly, the connection works both ways
    (Mootar) long story short, they now have loads of horse porn on their computer

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