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"Borrowing" WiFi a Crime?

July 6, 2005 · 2 Comments

An interesting case in St Petersburg, FL about a man charged with "unauthorized access to a computer network, a third-degree felony" for camping outside someone's house and using their (open) wireless network. It raises some interesting questions and, of course, highlights how important it is to secure your wireless network!

Tags: wifi

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JesterXL // Jul 6, 2005 at 8:36 PM

    How? Got any links you can vouch for vs. a blind Google search?
  • 2 Andy Jarrett // Jul 7, 2005 at 9:53 AM

    I posted something about this kind of thing a while ago (http://andyjarrett.co.uk/andy/blog/index.cfm/2005/4/Cancel-broadband-Theres-free-wifi-to-be-had).

    Its a problem which is only going to get bigger. Personally i think there shouldn't be an option for unencrypted connections - or at the very least it should be something you have to opt-out off rather than setup.

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