Teaneck Police Investigating Possible Biased Wi-Fi ID

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Law enforcement officials are investigating a complaint about an offensive wireless network name in northern New Jersey.

Teaneck Police Chief Robert Wilson says police were called after someone at the Richard Rodda Community Center reported finding the phrase as the name of an available wireless network on Tuesday.

Police have not disclosed the offensive phrase, but the Daily News reports it was anti-Semitic and racist in nature.

Wilson says it’s being investigated as a possible bias crime. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office computer crime unit is assisting.

Police say there is no known connection between Tuesday’s incident and recent vandalism and a firebombing at Bergen County synagogues.

Earlier this month, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a temple in Rutherford, N.J. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Other bias crimes include another fire at a Paramus temple and swastikas turning up at synagogues in Hackensack and Maywood.

Investigators say those crimes are likely connected.

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One Comment

  1. Amber says:

    If the police find the network owner and it’s someone’s private router in their home it’ll be interesting to see if they try to charge the person with anything and even more interesting if they try to get the owner to change his network name.

  2. KPMc says:

    Bias crime? really? How the heck was anyone injured or had their rights compromised?

    What a great use of time and resources.

    geezis cripes, people!

  3. Nick says:

    How’s this a crime?

    And if the idiot didn’t like it, stop scanning around for a wifi signal to steal.

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