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05-Jul-2007, 10:46 AM #1
using someone else's wireless connection
Hi to all who take a look. I have a question for debate...Is it OK to tap into someone else's wireless?? Morally, legally? Seems a family member feels it's alright to do if the person is foolish enough not to secure his connection. And that she pays for her 'net connection so she feels she has a right to tap in. Unknown to her neighbor, of course. I fell it's wrong, similar to using another's water to fill a swimming pool. Or stealing a car when someone leaves the keys in it. While it'sVERY foolish to leave keys in a car, does that give someone a right to take it??
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05-Jul-2007, 10:49 AM #2
I dont think its right to tap into the neighbors wireless without the permission of the neighbor.
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Morally and legally wrong.
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Morally and legally wrong.
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Morning Sarge
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05-Jul-2007, 01:54 PM #6
Agree with Jack!
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05-Jul-2007, 02:50 PM #7
Legally? Depends where you're from.

Two arrested over wifi theft
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05-Jul-2007, 05:09 PM #8
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Hi to all who take a look. I have a question for debate...Is it OK to tap into someone else's wireless?? Morally, legally? Seems a family member feels it's alright to do if the person is foolish enough not to secure his connection. And that she pays for her 'net connection so she feels she has a right to tap in. Unknown to her neighbor, of course. I fell it's wrong, similar to using another's water to fill a swimming pool. Or stealing a car when someone leaves the keys in it. While it'sVERY foolish to leave keys in a car, does that give someone a right to take it??
Thanks to all who share an opinion.
One of my neighbors (don't know which) did this to me a while back, had no idea I was supposed to "secure" my internet. Couldn't figure out why I would drag - computer tech came out, secured me, problem solved. I wouldn't "tap" into someone else's cable service, or electricity. Absolutely wrong.
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05-Jul-2007, 06:03 PM #9
It depends on where you live. If there is no clearly defined law against wireless access, then it is not illegal. In most areas where it has been addressed, it is considered trespassing

Either way, it is perfectly legal to "sniff" and locate networks, as well as capture packets from wireless devices. Connecting too a private access point and utilizing its bandwidth IS illegal, though, in the areas where it has been defined.
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09-Jul-2007, 08:47 AM #10
Thanks again for your responses. I was kinda surprised no one disagreed with my and your opinions. I guess I forgot to say I'm in the states, specifically Ohio and Kentucky.
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09-Jul-2007, 09:09 AM #11
Af ew years ago we had a problem with teens sitting in their cars in our parking lot at weird hours of the night...they were playing their...if I remember correctly...hand held game systems such as PSP and using my neighbor's wireless connection to do that! They told the police they would drive around until they found an open connection...the police said they were trespassing on private property....never said a word about the illegal acts they were performing!

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10-Jul-2007, 09:04 AM #12
I think the answer is obvious, I mean, it's impossible to defend the case that "leaving keys in a car gives someone a right to take it". Obviously it becomes more complex in a cyberworld, but I don't believe that morals are lost. If someone leaves their connection unsecured, it's most likely because they don't know how to secure it. Leeching off a person's connection, in that case, would not be reflective of the idiocy of the victim, but of the exploitative and heartless nature of the hacker.

I say pay for what you use.
Morally and legally wrong.
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