I thought the same, but it happened (I think). It appears as if my WPA2 network was hacked while I was away on vacation, no less. It's only been a day since I changed my passphrase and implemented MAC address filtering (feeble, I know) but my usage has seemed to return to normal....Sure the odds of someone breaching my internet arent very likely, but all it takes is it to happen once, for you to basically be SOL.
Why did you keep your router on when away? That the biggest and first mistake peoples make. The other mistake is that they get router that are way too powerfull for their need remove the external antenna it likely you don't need it. Rename your access point to something else than Linksys so that nobody can say they logged on your network by mistake. Aside from going wired only you should disable SSID Broadcast and off course a serious password is the first step to router security. MAC filtering will also help keeping "honest mistake" down! And by the way if after all that you still get intrusion call the Police.I thought the same, but it happened (I think). It appears as if my WPA2 network was hacked while I was away on vacation, no less. It's only been a day since I changed my passphrase and implemented MAC address filtering (feeble, I know) but my usage has seemed to return to normal.
I was averaging 30 GB a month (I have Netflix and work from home). I randomly decided to check my bandwidth usage yesterday and I was at a whopping 480 GB for the month! Starting December 27th (it would appear) someone started sucking on my Internet teat. 25 GB+ download days became the norm, with two 50 GB download days.
I called Bell to give them the heads up, and, predictably, they were useless & hopeless. The "technical" representative assigned to help me had no clue and didn't seem to care.
I'll eat the $30 in overage charges this billing period; I've got no choice I suppose, but this new 300 GB+ raping scheme Bell are planning now has me worried.
Guess I'll be changing my passphrase every 24 hours. ;-)
It a breach of privacy and it theft so I believe you do have a case to contact the autorities.Your SSID is broadcasted regardless if you disable the feature or not. It's part of all packets. And the police is not interested in cases of private networks being breached.
The difference between 2009/2010 and 2011 is UBB. That's going to make all the difference. In 2009/2010, if someone stole your bandwidth the most extra charge you'd see is $30-$50 if you were on Bell or Rogers, or if you were on a service which didn't enforce caps (highly likely back in the golden age of `09/`10), then you wouldn't have any monetary damages. The reason it wasn't taken seriously by police is the damages were minimal, not worth the time to investigate. Now in 2011, you can have people getting damages of bandwidth theft of hundereds to even thousands of dollars depending on severity. The incentive for police to investigate damages in the 4 digits is a lot more worth their time than to investigate for a 30 dollar overage.Having a case if not even what I'm talking about. Tell me, how many cases of private WiFi breaches have been investigated and prosecuted in 2009 and 2010?
Alright, I present to you a segment of the Criminal Code of Canada, specifically section 326:What you're describing is a civil matter. The RCMP won't get involved with that. I don't recall a law specifically including bandwidth in the definition of theft. Plus the burden of proof is on you.
There is legal grounds for police to do things about it, and when the damages are more than 30 dollars you will see them pay more attention to it.Theft of telecommunication service
326. (1) Every one commits theft who fraudulently, maliciously, or without colour of right,
(a) abstracts, consumes or uses electricity or gas or causes it to be wasted or diverted; or
(b) uses any telecommunication facility or obtains any telecommunication service.
Definition of "telecommunication"
(2) In this section and section 327, "telecommunication" means any transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images or sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, visual or other electromagnetic system.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 287; 1974-75-76, c. 93, s. 23.
While going over 5000 in damage is a bit unlikely, considering at Fibe 25's speed it would take 18 days of constant downloading to muster, let's instead calculate how much time is necessary before your bill goes from the $60ish it should be, to $500. For a bill to get to $500 just in overage fees, would require only 43 hours, 24 minutes and 10 seconds. Less than 2 days of someone else's malicious intent is all it takes to force your bill over $500. That should be a frightening statistic to everyone. People on Roger's or Shaw's 50Mbit and 100Mbit speeds are even more at risk, requiring only 21hrs and 11hrs respectively to reach that point.For the purposes of punishment theft is divided into two separate offences by section 334 depending on the value and nature of the goods stolen. If the thing stolen is worth more than $5000 or is a testamentary instrument the offence is commonly referred to as Theft Over $5000 and is an indictable offence with a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment. Where the stolen item is not a testamentary instrument and is not worth more than $5000 it is known as Theft Under $5000 and is a hybrid offence, meaning that it can be treated either as an indictable offence or a less serious summary conviction offence, depending on the choice of the prosecutor. If dealt with as an indictable offence Theft Under $5000 is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years and, if treated as a summary conviction offence, 6 months imprisonment, a fine of $2000 or both.
What you say is somewhat true, you will get no argument from me that a lot of petty theft crimes the police don't bother with. It's not just limited to bikes, our car was broken into a few years ago and the stereo stolen, a common offense, and the police told us basically it was an unpunishable crime. If you're not caught in the act, the odds of getting caught down the line are miniscule, they simply don't have the resources to look into such crimes seriously.The Criminal Code may say it is illegal to steal other people's internet, it also says its illegal to steal someone's $500 bike. Although I'm fortunate not to have the experience myself, go to your local police station and report your bike stolen if it ever happens...watch how quickly they run out the door to find the thief....
The chances of finding a one time offender (or at least once at a particular address) are so low, that unless that person wants to get caught by doing it over and over again, they will get away and you'll get the bill.
If you exceed your usage allowance, the excess usage will be charged at the rate specified in your Bell Internet plan. There is a maximum usage overage charge of $60/month.
http://internet.bell.ca/index.cfm?method=content.view&content_id=17647Usage charges: If you exceed your monthly usage allowance, the additional usage will be charged at the rate specific to your plan, up to a maximum of $60/month for up to 300GB and $1.00/GB thereafter. Your usage period coincides with your Bell Internet service billing cycle. Internet usage tracking starts at midnight of each billing cycle and ends at midnight on the last day.
They also seem to have lowered the price per GB down to $1.00, it used to be $2.50 while I was on Fibe 25, I specifically cancelled and switched to TekSavvy because of this issue, my usage per month across 5 game consoles, 3 laptops and 2 desktops, is about 350GB on average.An extreme usage policy will soon apply to all Bell Internet subscribers on usage-based billing plans. There will be an extreme usage charge of $1.00 for every GB of usage exceeding 300 GB per month. The maximum usage overage fee of $60 per month will continue to apply for usage of 300 GB or less.
This new policy will affect less than 1% of Bell Internet customers. If your existing usage level does not exceed 300 GB per month, like most of our Internet customers, then you will not pay extra fees for extreme usage.
The extreme usage policy introduction date, previously communicated as February 28, 2011, has been delayed. The introduction date for this policy will be updated when available.