Wi-Fi Spy Network Installed In Los Angeles?

Photos show white boxes attached to utility poles in residential areas

A series of photographs obtained by Infowars suggests that a similar wi-fi mesh network to the one which generated controversy in Seattle over its ability to track cellphone users is currently being installed in Los Angeles.

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As we reported earlier this week, the $2.7 million dollar system, funded by a Department of Homeland Security grant, consists of a series of white wi-fi boxes affixed to utility poles with which authorities eventually plan to blanket the entire city of Seattle.

According to promotional material from Aruba Networks, the manufacturer behind the devices, the grid has the capability to track “rogue” or “unassociated” devices that are not even connected to the network.

After the controversy became national news, the Seattle Police Department said it would deactivate the network, although a day after that promise was made, the network was still active.

Is a similar system currently being installed throughout Los Angeles?

In February, the Wall Street Journal reported on Time Warner’s rollout of an outdoor wi-fi network in L.A. which was activated in the fall of 2012. According to the report, in January Time Warner announced that it would, “roll out 10,000 more hot spots in Los Angeles and other cities in the coming year.”

The photos obtained by Infowars suggest that this rollout is now gathering pace. The images, which were taken today, show white boxes with antennas similar to those in Seattle that are affixed to utility poles. One of the images shows an installation van emblazoned with the name of a company called ‘Wiring Connection’.

The boxes are being installed in residential areas on the outskirts of town away from the city center, suggesting that the rollout may have blanketed most of the city.

See the full set of photos below which suggest that a wi-fi network similar to the one in Seattle is being expanded across Los Angeles.

The question is – how much of your data is the network recording without your permission and has any consideration at all been given to the privacy implications?

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Location: Maltman Avenue.

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Location: Sunset and Lucile.

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Location: Golden Gate Avenue.

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Location: Golden Gate Avenue.

151113hub7 Wi-Fi Spy Network Installed In Los Angeles?
Location: Sunset and Lucile.

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Image: Installation van.