Unsecured Wi-Fi may create legal liability

A lawsuit filed in Massachusetts, United States, may have implications on end-users who leave their Wi-Fi networks unsecured.San Diego-based Liberty Media, which produces adult content, has accused 50 or so people for negligence in allowing their wireless networks to be used for accessing BitTorrent to download a certain gay movie.

A lawsuit filed in Massachusetts, United States, may have implications on end-users who leave their Wi-Fi networks unsecured.

San Diego-based Liberty Media, which produces adult content, has accused 50 or so people for negligence in allowing their wireless networks to be used for accessing BitTorrent to download a certain gay movie. The negligence alleged is the failure to secure Wi-Fi networks.

This kind of allegation is a first and if ruled upon, may set a precedence on the liability for failing to secure one's Wi-Fi network (and separate from committing copyright infringement acts).

It would be especially important in urban built-up areas such as Singapore where the large number of Wi-Fi networks in close proximity affords consumers their choice of networks.