Was I hacked?
October 22, 2006 7:08 PM Subscribe
I was in a public location last weekend with a wi-fi enabled laptop (windows xp). Someone, with another laptop, was broadcasting a session id with the name "Free Wireless Internet." Without really thinking about what I was doing, I connected to this machine for a duration of approx 5 minutes thinking that I would get free internet. There was in fact no internet access. The next time I checked my computer for certain files, I noticed that a bunch of data was missing. Is it possible to do wi-fi computer to computer hacks? In just 5 minutes?
posted by anonymous to computers & internet (28 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Also, can such actions be considered criminal if convicted in a court of law? FWIW, with a little bit of old-fasioned detective work, I'm pretty sure that I determined where this person lives. Should I confront the rat? Or how likely is it that my missing files are just a coincedence, and this latop owner is really innocent? Also, is it likely that my local podunk police department would have the expertise to investigate a high tech crime?