World of Warbiking
The World of Warbiking is an ambitious project that takes one man and his computer-equipped bicycle to the streets of major cities around the globe—to find out how our hunger to be online at all times is leaving millions of people and companies vulnerable to hackers and spies. Led by Global Head of Security Research at Sophos James Lyne, our World of Warbiking project started out in San Francisco, the launching pad for our world tour aimed at raising awareness about the alarming state of wireless insecurity.
Watch our video from the San Francisco ride to see the results of his investigation, and to learn more about how our insatiable need to stay connected can be an invitation to people who want to do us harm.
San Francisco ride
Fine print: Keeping it legal
Detecting wireless networks requires specific practices to avoid breaking the law. Our objective was to collect general statistics about wireless security, and we did this in a non-damaging, non-invasive way that didn’t require individual sign-off. Unfortunately, cybercriminals don’t have similar ethical standards and use lots of sneaky tools to access your network. We only collected high-level data within the confines of the law to understand the general state of wireless security. Here are more details on how we collected the data in a legally responsible way.
Keeping it legal