Posted by: energyblogwalter | March 13, 2009

War-driving Voyeur, new neighbourhood trend?

There’s a big tow truck on the corner again today. When I prepare lunch or whatever I can see him from my window. Lots of buildings and windows around here too. It’s not like you’re looking or think anything could be wrong.

I didn’t notice before but you realize now it’s the same guy that was here last week and the week before that too. Must be a different truck today. Just sitting there, window open, smoking. No big deal apparently. Maybe I’m paranoid.

Except that again he’s illegally parked in a no stopping zone, always on idle. Last week you were more curious for once, decided to walk by and finally noticed the distraction that holds him. He’s running a laptop! Ah-ha…

Yes, welcome to the wonderful world of “war-driving”. Where suspicious characters pop up every so often scamming internet connections that are not locked down. War-driving increasingly is associated with internet security problems and can shut down your connection for illegal downloads or child porn if you’re not too careful. Even if you think you have security set, it may be so weak as to allow simple computer programs to crack it.

Watch for the warning signs: Is it a service vehicle, or someone on-call? Check. Is it in and around the same time and area every week? Check. Does asking the offender to move on make any difference? Nope. Tried that without success and only received insults. Is it illegal? Well, that one appears to be hard to answer. Such is the state of web affairs here in Toronto today.

When I talked to police dispatch last time, I questioned if these actions were really illegal or not? The dispatcher put me on hold and confirmed that police would checkup on it. Surprisingly later in the same day, with the voyeur still there, a cruiser pulls up and checks it out. I didn’t see what happened but an hour later he was still there, albeit inside the legal parking area now. Maybe it’s legal? Maybe it’s not. Police don’t look too sure either.

But he’s there. And he’ll be there next week

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