WiFi Freeloader Arrested In Washington

Wardriving may be a thing of the past once WiFi access points are scattered throughout the country and Internet access is free to all, but until then, moochers beware. A man was arrested in Vancouver, WA, after periodically parking in front of a coffee shop over a three-month period to use the shop’s WAP (without entering or making a purchase). Rather than being charged with unauthorized use of a computer network, the 20-year-old, a convicted sex offender, was charged with theft of services. An Illinois man was fined $250 earlier this year for remotely accessing another computer system without permission, and a Florida man was convicted for a similar offense in 2005. For now, perhaps it’s best to buy your own access.
Via [arstechnica.com]

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