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    WIFI Usage - Borrowing, or Theft?

    Reckon they're perverting the law in prosecuting punters for this stuff. Ever been done for Wi Fi theft? Petty init?

    Fook 'em believe it's just like listening to a Hi Fi outside the neighbor's. Loada shite slamming people, init it?

    Drive-by Wi-Fi 'thief' heavily fined

    A Michigan man who parked outside a local Wi-Fi cafe every day to check his email has been fined $400 and sentenced to 40 hours' community service.

    Sam Peterson can consider himself unfortunate since if he'd simply popped into the Re-Union Street Cafe in Sparta, Michigan, for a coffee while checking his email he'd have avoided punishment. Peterson was collared for fraudulent access to a computer network after his presence outside the cafe drew the attention of local police chief Andrew Milanowski.

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    ^ Stupid. Anyone with WiFi should have a security password on it, including the cafe, which they can update anytime. (Starbucks password is coffee.)

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    Does it hurt anybody?

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    ^ It'll hurt that bloke when he applys for a govo job and he's got a criminal record.

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    if you can't spoof your MAC you are too silly to be leaching someone's WiFi.

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    I once popped into a restaurant to use the toilet and they didn't sue me.

    Then again, it's wasn't in the US of A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Does it hurt anybody?
    It can. An acquaintance had wifi (no security code) and was hacked by a neighbour who changed his user name. No harm done but probably can be. Have to ask the teckies.

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    uses up bandwidth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    uses up bandwidth.
    OK, then it isn't cool, I think.

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    Ha! I run Mac OSX on my first gen Macbook and it has a wonderful screen sharing function with users on the same network.

    I 'borrow' this network and lo and behold some person was on the same one running MAC OSX. This guy was obviously quite new to computers as his administrative password was a cinch to crack without even resorting to a brute force attack!

    I executed his share screen function and watched him flipping through some quite terrible photos of his recent vacation and then took control of his computer.

    Sounds bad, doesn't it?

    Well, I took control of his browser and took him straight to a page on how to disable sharing on a network. This way he could have the option of having his computer hijacked or not.

    Was he actually at the computer as I was playing? I don't think so but I'd like to imagine his mouth agape in terror.

    Borrowing/stealing wifi is of no concern to me. If you're too foolish to change the settings and disable others from joining you don't deserve to use the internet.

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    Law enforcement in the US is out of control. The cop should be fired and sentenced to 10 years for stupidity

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