CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — An unsecured Wi-Fi connection led to a scary case of mistaken identity in Camden County, NJ.
Investigators with the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said a Clementon man used his neighbor’s open network to download and distribute thousands of images of child pornography.
On September 1, at 5:30 a.m., officers jolted a couple out of bed in their Windmill Drive home, seeking the person responsible for downloading and sharing tens of thousands of images of child pornography.
A sweep of the couple’s computer found nothing, but investigators soon discovered their Wi-Fi network was not password protected.
“Unfortunately, the older generation is certainly a target for hackers like this, because they may not be understanding what kind of technology they’re putting in place,” said Leeza Garber, a cybersecurity attorney. “It sets you up to be extremely vulnerable.”
Investigators said Louis LaSalle, 55, used a wireless router to connect to his neighbors’ unsecured Wi-Fi to download and distribute the more than 700 pornographic videos and 33,000 images found on his laptop.
Garber said there are several easy ways to secure your network and yourself.
“Make sure the password is something that’s not easily guessable or hackable,” she said. “There are different softwares including free applications that will monitor the traffic on your network so you can see whose accessing it, whose putting in passwords that don’t work. There are ways to monitor this if you’re especially concerned about it.”
LaSalle is currently in the Camden County Jail on $150,000 cash bail.