After about 20 days of field visits, the wi-fi connection survey team has found around 60 to 70 per cent of the connections are unsecured. So far, out of one lakh wi-fi connections in the city, 1,000 have been verified. “Sixty to 70 per cent of the connections that we have checked so far are unsecured,” said Ruzbeh Raja, co-ordinator of the Sheriff's brigade, who is a part of the survey team.
As part of the campaign to secure wi-fi connections in the city, the Mumbai police, along with the Sheriff's brigade and IT expert Vijay Mukhi, started the verification on Monday.
In order to intensify the drive, a cyber cell (consisting of a police officer and three constables) has been made in every police station. “They have been given training to verify unsecured wi-fi connections. We are also appealing to individuals who have good technical knowledge to help us in our endeavour,” Deputy Police Commissioner, Sanjay Mohite said.
Raja added he would write to the state for providing them with gadgets used for checking the connections. “If every team member has a laptop/web-enabled mobile phone/wi-fi detector, it would speed up the drive,” he said.
On January 12 the police had formed a team of 80 members including cyber experts, for checking unsecured connections. If the connections are found unsecured, the team alerts the owners about the hazards and how to secure it.
The police had recently encountered misuse of an unsecured connection when terrorist group Indian Mujahideen had allegedly hacked into the connection of an American national Kenneth Haywood at Navi Mumbai and at Chembur’s Khalsa College to send terror e-mails.