Are you secretly using your neighbour's broadband connection because he failed to shield his WiFi connection? You could be liable, as a man in Florida found out.
The St. Petersburg Times (in Florida, not Russia) has a story about Richard Dinon, who caught a stranger using his WiFi internet connection for hours from his car and called the police. The surfer is facing felony charges for gaining unauthorized access to a computer network.
You might just think of this case the next time you log on to your neighbour's internet connection. Or in an airport try random WiFi access points to see if any of then gets you a free internet connection.
There seems to be something wrong with this
case however. Dinon willingly and knowingly had set up his access point with
zero security – figuring his elderly neighbours wouldn't be sufficiently tech
savvy to use the signal and go online. He never considered the risk of random passer-by
using a laptop.
Dinon could have set up his network because he wanted his neighbours to share his internet connection, as many people do. If using a wide open WiFi connection is a crime, what should hotels and convention centres do when they want to offer these services?
Sounds like legal obstacles are being used here to make things needlessly complicated again.
Photo credit: Georgios M. W.
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