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07 December 2005

How to stop filesharers from stealing hotel bandwidth (signal15.com)

Geek staying at hotel notices that the "free wireless Internet" sucks. He suspects that someone is running a filesharing program and taking up all the bandwidth.

The geek is a network security analyst, and so he fires up some tools and discovers that "smith-laptop" is running Kazaa (or something like it) and sucking up 1.6 Mbps of the connection...

So he makes a couple of phone calls, and they go a little something like this:
I pick up my cellphone and call the front desk at the hotel and as for Mr. Smith’s room. The lady at the front desk says “Eric Smith?” And I tell her yes. The phone rings, someone picks up, the conversation goes like this:

Me: Eric Smith?

Eric: Uhh, yeah?

Me: My name is Jim Grant, and I’m an investigator with the RIAA. Have you heard of us?

Eric: Uhhhhh….. What does that stand for?

Me: Recording Industry Association of America. We represent several large record companies. In monitoring several p2p filesharing networks, we have found that you Eric, are currently downloading copyrighted material. Are you aware that this is illegal?

Eric: Ummm…. my laptop is off. (At this point, I no longer see him on the network)

Me: We are in the process of filing 18182 lawsuits against people who steal copyrighted music on the internet. We will continue monitoring these networks, and if we see you on them again, you will hear back from us.

Eric: Ok, thanks. Bye.
Nice. Very nice.

How to stop filesharers from stealing hotel bandwidth (signal15.com)

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