When Cairns Council first threw a sop to the tourist industry by installing a free wifi network along the Esplanade, it was for the first year underfunded, slow, and basically unusable. It's what you get when you give a contract to mates with no performance criteria.
As complaints rolled in to Council, in early 2016 they finally got serious about providing a useable and reliable network. Now like most things government does, the system was "wide open" providing fast, unmonitored and unmetered connections.
IT professionals monitoring the system for Cairns (un)Regional Council began seeing a disturbing trend over a year ago.
The system is now being used to download massive quantities of child pornography, and minimal controls to minimise downloaders are easy to be defeated by these vermin.
One of the most abused locations is adjacent to Radio 4CA on Grafton Street, with the second abuse hotspot the Cairns Public Library.
These hotspots allow the pedos to trade and download the most vile child pornography with little chance of being caught. Other "free" hotspots in the city (Cairns Central, Smithfield Centre) are managed using published blacklists of websites that serve to make them un-useful for these downloads.
The Australian Federal Police have noticed the Cairns Council about their unwitting participation in this child trafficking. Given the Council's inability to handle even INTERNAL IT issues, what are the chances that anything substantive will be done?
A more recent development has seen at least two mass emailings of SCAM "spear phishing" messages using the ANZ, NAB, and Bank of Queensland logos to unwitting recipients. Sending these from an open, unmonitored hotspot run by CRC makes the Council complicit in the scamming of our elderly and stupid residents.
Richie Bates has been quick to take credit for the free Wifi network. Funny but he won't respond to these reports.
One of the NEW hotspots is reportedly accessible for Cueball MacKenzie's hovel at 114 Cairns Street. Should be interesting to see if the crimes start occurring from THAT location!