The Buzz: About that FBI Wi-Fi network on your cell phone...

07/10/2014 4:51 PM

07/11/2014 6:57 AM

Too many took a shine

to this Wi-Fi network

Perhaps you’ve roamed the Capitol grounds and noticed that your smartphone picked up this Wi-Fi network: “FBI mobile surveillance.”

Perhaps the listing jogged nervous memories of the FBI’s recent undercover stings on the state Capitol, the ones that involved secretly recorded conversations of agents offering bribes to state Sens. Leland Yee and Ron Calderon. The two Democrats were indicted earlier this year in separate cases alleging corruption, money laundering and conspiracy to traffic weapons.

Chris Russo can allay your fears.

He owns Russo’s Shoe Repair, right across the street from the Capitol. Russo said he got tired of people pulling on his Internet service and slowing it down. So he changed his Wi-Fi network name from “Shoes” to “FBI mobile surveillance.”

Now?

“Nobody tries to hack into my Wi-Fi,” Russo said.

The FBI wouldn’t say whether it ever uses a Wi-Fi network name as obvious as “FBI mobile surveillance.”

“We don’t talk about our tools and techniques,” said Gina Swankie, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Sacramento office.

– Laurel Rosenhall

Worth repeating

“I’m keeping an open mind, hoping that there will be people with suggestions to improve it.”

CHUCK REED, San Jose mayor, visiting the Capitol to shop his pension overhaul measure.

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