I have noticed this same SSID, FBI SURVEILLANCE in three locations in the greater Southern California area (Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and San Juan Capistrano, California, U.S.A.). Is this one heck of a strong Wi-Fi signal, or is their some kind distributed "private" network overlaid on our great southland? Is their a public password so I may join in, or am I already joined in by default, but don't know it? If I cared to "opt out", what security measures could I take, other than pulling the plug to the now required Internet, which is necessary to gain access to public benefits, such as SSA, unemployment, food stamps? Inquiring minds want to know...
I know the above questions were thrown out there with quite a bit of sarcasm, but to maintain at least some legacy to my original post, I'll re-word from about here...
If I walk 200 feet from our humble abode, this is the current Wi-Fi radio traffic:
My real concern is that there is a glaring SSID local to my neighborhood. I believe in neighborhood watch. I watch to make sure that my neighbors are taking measures to protect their security, just as I take measures to protect my own. When I see an SSID, like FBI SURVEILLANCE, having been in the government security industry, it is my responsibility to be able to advice my family, friends, and neighbors as to how to approach the information technology age that is being thrust upon them. Therefore, I would appreciate some constructive advise as to how to handle a SSID such as this one.
I have very dear friend, who is afraid to even touch a computer, and has NO Internet presence - to this day, I cannot send her an e-mail because I cannot convince her to get an e-mail account, anywhere. She recently, for the first time, got a Smart Phone. One day she called me, knowing my background at Boeing, and I could hear the fear in her voice - she was asking what to do about a SSID in her neighborhood, called "FBI VAN."
I told her that it was probably just someone playing a joke.
Fast forward in time. I noticed what I noticed the other night. And, a good friend of mine in San Juan Capistrano, some 40 miles from here, also has the SSID "FBI SURVEILLANCE" in his neighborhood. I visited him last Saturday while looking for a house in his neighborhood, however, I did notice there was, indeed, the same SSID "FBI SURVEILLANCE" in his neighborhood!
Now, being a retired "rocket scientist," who has responsibly handled secret information for a career - I have a simple question: How do I answer questions and act responsibly to protect the information security for my family, friends, and for my neighbors, many of whom are undocumented foreign nationals. This is under the general category, ITAR, and when ITAR is concerned and is connected with the Internet at large in the central barrio of Santa Ana, California, we all should be concerned when we see a SSID in our community that is obviously a fraud, don't you think?
We are instructed to be vigilant when it is concerned with being watchful for terrorists - if someone is casing the neighborhood, if someone is taking pictures of entry and exit points, etc. Now when there is a glaring SSID that should not be in my neighborhood, I must ask questions to protect the information of myself, my family, and my friends and neighbors. This questions as originally stated could be construed as off-topic because of the sarcasm employed. I hope I've clarified the intent of the question so it will be relevant to the viewers of this forum.