Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dumb and dumber

Apparently if your neighbour is too stupid to secure his/her wireless connection or is particularly generous, it is nevertheless illegal to piggyback on it. I'd like to see this particular law make it to the Supreme Court. Not sure how it can be illegal if you are not stealing data or doing something destructive with it. More can be found here.
Here's a simple variation of the law that would make more sense. If your neighbour secures his connection using either WPA or even the eminently crackable WEP protocol then it's a simple way to say "bugger off". On the other hand if you see an open network then Bob's your uncle.

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