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Joining Wireless Networks Illegal?
Authored by: wayneyoung on Jul 02, '02 10:36:18PM

Is it really illegal to connect to a wireless network you find floating (flying) through the air? My opinion is it is just another signal going through the air, if one can intercept that signal and do something with it, well that's too bad for the originator if he did not intend that to happen. Obviously there ARE illegal things you can do once connected, but if you get free internet access or free storage, that's great. Of course, our government made it illegal to use a radio scanner to intercept cell phone calls when people found out how insecure their calls really are. So, whose responsibility is it to secure the airwaves -- the government, or the owner of the signal? For what it is worth, I say the owner of the signal is responsible for security, just as software vendors are for the security of their software (listening MS?).

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