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British Police Caution Man After 'Wi-Fi' Theft

British Police Caution Man After 'Wi-Fi' Theft

The BBC is reporting that a man was arrested and cautioned after neighbors reported seeing a man inside a car using a laptop while parked outside a house. Here's more:

The man arrested at the weekend was cautioned for dishonestly obtaining electronic communications services with intent to avoid payment. He attracted attention from neighbours in the early morning, as he had put up cardboard around his car windows but the light from his computer could be seen through the back window.

I'm not sure what world the couple that reported the "wifi theft" have been living in, but if I had a dollar for every time I've been able to randomly pick up a wireless signal I'd have a pretty sweet iPhone fund right now. Of course, I do advocate responsible and safe wireless usage and I certainly recommend you make sure you've set up a firewall for your home's connection. Check out my guide to going wireless without the worries.


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colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I bum it off the neighbors. I haven't paid for internet in over two years. If they don't want to password protect their network I can guarantee you I'm not the only one who's taking advantage. As long as my intent isn't to harm I don't feel like I'm doing anything wrong.
museanima museanima 10 years
My boyfriend gets a wireless signal from like a block away, and then relays it in our house, but I think it's ok, there are signs all over that place that say Free Wifi... so why not?
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I never tried. A case here in Singapore warranted a ginormous fine and jail last year, if I remember correctly.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
I live right next door to a university and the campus is opposite my house. The amount of wireless connections I pick up is unbelievable, always unsecured too.
Megatron Megatron 10 years
I used to steal the wireless from my neighboors at the place where I used to live, they deserved it, though, they were mean!
ikitty13 ikitty13 10 years
I have my own wifi network in my house but my computer often switches from my signal to a different wireless signal because it's faster or stronger. It shouldn't be illegal if it's an unsecured network. And by the way, thanks Panera, for your fabulous free wi-fi!!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
I work at a library that offers unsecure wireless for our patrons and when I leave at 9 pm, there are about 3-5 cars in the parking lot, all with laptops on their steeing wheel. Stealing, nah....taking advantage of a service we offer to everyone...sure, but remember, it is unsecure!
menthadict menthadict 10 years
Cheap skate xD
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
Doesn't Europe charge by the amount of information transfered? We get a flat rate here, there it would directly affect their bills.
catstarr catstarr 10 years
Oh man, if I could go to jail for stealing wifi I'd be locked up!
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