Our World of Warbiking tour cycled through London, UK, where we surveyed the Wi-Fi networks people use everyday as they move about the city, connecting on their laptops and mobile devices. What we found is an enormous lack of security.
The warbiking project involves traveling around the globe, riding the streets of major cities with my computer-equipped mountain bike, and looking for wireless connections along the way to sneak a peek at the companies and regular people who are using them. (Don’t worry, it’s all perfectly legal.)
What we found is somewhat alarming, if not downright scandalous. People in London, much like their counterparts in San Francisco, are all too happy to connect to unsecured wireless networks, without using encryption. It’s an invitation for a cybercriminal to do harm, even though many people don’t even know it.