The French government is trying to push through a new version of its three-strikes anti-piracy law, but hackers have developed a piece of software designed to undermine it. It’s called Hadopi Router, named after the body that will oversee the disconnecting of persistent file-sharers. “It locates Wi-Fi networks in the neighbourhood, then begins to crack all their passwords,” says the coder responsible. “Once we have the keys, we can create a virtual access point.” In other words, anyone will be able to use those connections, in theory. And that’s designed to undermine the principle that someone can be punished for using their connection to illegally file-share – or fail to secure it so someone else can. The nasty flipside to Hadopi Router, though, is that people can also use it to monitor activity on the Wi-Fi networks they’ve cracked into.

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