Skip to comments.FBI Surveilance Van Hot Spot
Posted on 12/03/2012 10:15:55 AM PST by Wuli
I have a WiFi capable PC, and use that ability to connect a PC to a Verizon FIOs Hub/Router at home, from which I get my Internet Access.
Sometimes my PC is not in the same room as the Verizon hub, and when it is not then the wireless connection is at different states/strengtghs, usually less than excellent.
When the little icon for the wireless connection shows the connection is weak, or dead, I can get a slight improvement by brining up the little window that shows all wireless connections the computer finds available, and then disconnecting and reconnecting the one that represents my Verizon Hub.
There has always been two other "hotspots" showing, that don't belong to me. They could be anywhere among the neighbors around me.
When I was having the problem last week, one afternoon, I noticed that for about one half hour, and no longer, there was an extra wireless connection available that was labeled "FBI Surveillance Van".
O.K.; they could have been trolling, without a warrant or otherwise; but would they also be so stupid to identify their wireless router as "FBI Surveillance Van".???
Anyone can name their router ID whatever they want. Always fun to spoof the neighbors.
Maybe it was a joke, a neighbor who named their home network, FBI Surveillance Van.
If the FBI wanted to snoop on you, it wouldn’t have to create a hotspot to do so. Probably just your neighbor’s kid having some fun.
If it was unsecured, you could use it to download some pr0n.
You name your router “Hitler’s Secure Bunker” or Obama’s Kenyon Birthplace” if you wanted.
Someone is having fun.
Nice talking to you. Go outside...Slowly, and raise your hands. We could have had a nice relationship...but.
Somebody somewhere set up the idea of naming their network as such so people wouldn't access it. Apparently some people thought it was clever enough that they copied them and the notion went viral. There's a network in my neighborhood with the same name.
Name your router after your neighbor’s dog, anonymously. Always good for a laugh or three...
Thanks - you win my “chuckle of the day” prize.
Must have something to do with those anti-islamic videos you keep putting on youtube.
I named mine “Download Virus”.
You can name it “Launch Thermonuclear Missile”, or whatever.
I named mine download virus as it makes people unlikely to click on it.
Do you see an unmarked van within 1500 feet of your location?
1. If yes, it may be the FBI.
2. If no, it is the FBI. They’re very sneaky.
yes, you can name your router whatever you want. It is a cool thing to freak your neighbors out, espeically one that is not nice...
Unless you live in an apartment building, it is hard to have anonymous ID. I can walk down the street here with my phone or iPad or Kindle and figure out the router names by signal strength and proximity to houses.
You're overestimating Zippy/Holder.
Absolutely a joke!
Do not be concerned or worried.
This suggestion to name your wireless
router ‘FBI’ and the like has been
going around Facebook for a few weeks
now - people are apparently doing so!
If you WERE the
FBI Surveillance Van, would you name
your router that?
No, don’t name your router the neighbor’s dog, if it acts up the police may come over and shoot it.
Our neighbors named their wifi “FBI_SURVAN9”
Ours is named ‘NOFREEWIFI4U”
name yours something cool and enjoy
I think I’ll go back and re-name mine Galt’s Gulch, or maybe 2nd Amendment Redoubt.
I got an email a while back, chain mail, that gave ideas for people to do to have fun with their neighbor.
That exact name for your wifi was suggested.
Unfortunately, if you live in an apartment, odds are at least one of the SSIDs will use profanity.
It can pinpoint a purr at four hundred yards, so a measly router is a piece of cake!
That shouldn’t be funny (but I got a chuckle from it ;-)
Are all your pets called Eric?
Now about half the home wireless networks in the country are named "FBI Surveillance Van" or some such.
One of our neighbors...well, I hope it a neighbor...has theirs named OVERLORD. Now some of them are older and could be WWII vets and understand the significance of the name but I’m not sure they’d have the tech savvy to rename the router.
If it isn’t a neighbor, then I need to get the aluminum foil up on the windows ASAP!
I once considered renaming my home network NAKED PIX OF YOUR WIFE.
a buddy uses some SSID like “Free Streaming Porn Server”, and then lays on WPA encryption that the popular cracking tools can’t break.
Sad thing is, it’s both funny and not funny at the same time.
Even if it doesn’t act up, they might shoot it anyway, just to be safe.
my router is named “FBI Surveillance Van 6”
I hid my name, so ignorant neighbors wouldn’t try to connect to it.
The FBI is notoriously tech-stupid when it comes to computers.
My SSID is “Keep Driving A**hole.”
I replaced my router this weekend and toyed with the idea of naming it “FBI Surveillance Van”, but that’s well known spoof on the neighbors.
Perhaps I’ll go with “PickUpAfterYourDog”.
I’ve heard similar stories, but when I lived with a buddy of mine in an apartment complex after college, there was a wifi SSID named “We Can Hear You Having Sex.”
I always hide my SSID, personally.
It’s a great way to deter hackers from your connection!
Old White Conservative Men, like me.
Name it IRS Investigation Team.
That’ll scare em off.
My SSID is the name of my local police department. My neighbor in Pennsylvania named his “FBIVan” or something like that.
Here’s some other actual SSID’s that are pretty awesome.
I named mine Area 51.
I have set up a bunch of them for friends and relatives.
I have named them “Porn Palace”, “Ron’s Party Place”, “Macy’s Noisemaker”, and Bill’s Brothel”.
Funny, nobody ever asks me to help them with that anymore.
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