What's in your wifi?
I pulled in to the Travel Centers of America in Knoxville, Tn (the one on the west side at exit 369) at about 2am on Sunday morning. Before I crash out, I decided to hop online for a few minutes. I see this burgundy mini van circle the truck parking lot, then head back up to the front and park in the car parking lot. I turned on the laptop, then went inside to use the facilities. I got something to drink, then headed back out to the truck. On my way back out, the van circles the lot again. Probably a prostitute, I guessed, but didn't think that much about it. I settled in to the sleeper, then grabbed the laptop to get online. And there, at the bottom of my available networks, was the following.
FBISURVEILLANCEVAN Security-enabled Network
I thought it was a joke at first. Maybe some driver gave that name to the Wi Fi Hot Spot network on his phone. I searched on yahoo images, and sure enough this seems to be popping up in a lot of people's networks. Thus, if it were a joke, there must be a lot of people in on it. Here is how I saw it from my device.
For some reason, I had expected the FBI to be a little bit more subtle than that. Was the "Pay no attention to the unmarked vehicle in the parking lot network" already taken? And I'm not trying to make a connection between the van that circled the lot and the presence of the network. I'm just saying that I saw the van leave, and I checked the available networks again and the FBI one was no longer available. I assume, based on the strength of the network, that they were at the T/A, but I suppose it is possible that they were across the street at the PETRO, but it had to be one or the other or I would not have been able to pick them up.
Now I'm sure that some will say that I am trying to alert drivers to their presence in the area, and I had considered the thought that this post would do exactly that. But after thinking about it, I figured that this post wouldn't do anything more to alert drivers than the name of the network did, so here it is. In the future, if they are running some type of operation here, they might consider running a little more low profile.