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Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

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Re: Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

So the guy wwasn't hacking or cracking?

I was playing my guitar the other day and some cheap bastard stopped to listen. I sued him because he should have paid. And I'm having RIAA go after him because he might have memorized some lyrics, too.
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Re: Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

Hmmm. My laptop automatically goes out and queries other networks if I fire it up and the WiFi is enabled. I wonder if that means I'm committing a felony?



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It's not clear why Smith was using Dinon's network. Prosecutors declined to comment, and a working phone number could not be located for Smith.
My guess, the man was surfing for porn on someone elses dime.
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Re: Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

Yep. If you're sitting in a car outside someone's house using their connection, you're probably up to no good.
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For all any of us know, the guy was accessing google maps to find out where the hell he was.. Without proof of criminal intent, ( and presuming he wasn't accessing their files or doing anything malicious) they can stick that prosecution up their ass.
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Re: Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

BFD. My laptop will search for a connection, too. If you have a wireless network, you should have it protected so people can't tap into it.
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Re: Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

I'll bet that guy was breathing air from that guys property as well. Maybe even seeing something from light that was emitted from said property.

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Re: Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

I can see both sides of it, but I'd like to know more about how he was caught. Victim is such a dumbass he can't change router power levels, wep, ssid broadcast, etc. - but he can read a mac log and chart times and figure out this guys wardriving? my ass!

I'd assume this went down as it did because local law probably thinking terrorist link - call federal, and once they get involved there has to be a result, and since not homeland security issue - this is what we get.


I'd also like to know about what kind of legislation they are going to bring against those individuals operating fake AP's in an attempt to syphon off info. from the fools that just think the world consists of free Wifi hotspots.


For the first year of my residence here i reconfigured my neighbors wireless connections, if for no other reason then getting tired of seeing 'wireless connection DEFAULT is available..' a million times a day. Never anything major, just making it not as easy for anyone in the planet to get in.

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For all any of us know, the guy was accessing google maps to find out where the hell he was.. Without proof of criminal intent, ( and presuming he wasn't accessing their files or doing anything malicious) they can stick that prosecution up their ass.
What the freak are you talking about Mr Generous?

So, would you mind if I tapped off your phone line to make some calls, or if I were your neighbor, hook a garden hose to your water spicket, tap off your cable? I mean, as long as I'm not doing anything malicious.

I cannot understand how you guys are siding with that loser!

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and presuming he wasn't accessing their files or doing anything malicious
It's not HIS freaking bandwith to use!!! He is STEALING, no matter how you look at it. Who gives a crap if he isn't scanning your personal files? Then it's OK?
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IMO, if you're not smart enough/don't care enough to lock it down, it's fair game. If it's locked and he/she cracks it, then it's a crime.
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IMO, if you're not smart enough/don't care enough to lock it down, it's fair game. If it's locked and he/she cracks it, then it's a crime.
Absolutely, blame the PC user who get's his hard drive toasted by a virus because he didn't get the most up to date definition. Don't blame the idiot who created the virus.

Not everyone who purchases a wireless system (out of convienance) is an IT professional or a PC geek. Blame the user for not locking down, not the hacker? Sounds like today's American justice system.

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IMO, if you're not smart enough/don't care enough to lock it down, it's fair game. If it's locked and he/she cracks it, then it's a crime.
And on that note, the stupid satellite providers that only change their encryption schemes every 6 months are fair game for black box manufacturers as well. Hell, any technology that can be hacked or borrowed is fair game for some people. I agree that anyone that isn't "giving it away" should take the required steps to secure their system, but Joe Homeowner wouldn't know SSL or 128 bit encryption if it bit him in the ass. Companies like Linksys have the installation wizard that installs the system in unencrypted/wide open mode first and then after it's up and working most people toss the manual (or quick install sheet) because they can't think any further about all this tech stuff.

Now suing someone because of your own ignorance/indifference is stupid at it's finest . . .
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Re: Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal

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If it's locked and he/she cracks it, then it's a crime.
Well, not actually. By the book, it's a crime whether or not it's locked.

If you leave your car unlocked, with the keys in it, and I take off in it...is that not a crime only because it was "fair game?"
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