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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Kid Convicted for Using Open WiFi in Singapore

by Rachel Lim Sun Mar 25, 10:35 PM ET

"SINGAPORE (AFP) - When 17-year-old Garyl Tan Jia Luo piggybacked on his neighbour's unsecured wireless Internet network to chat online, he could not have imagined that in doing so he would make Asian legal history.

Information technology (IT) experts and lawyers say Tan was the first in Singapore, and possibly Asia, to be sentenced in court for "wireless mooching," or piggybacking on an unsecured wireless network to surf the Internet.

A judge in the city-state's district court sentenced him to 18 months' probation in January."

The article also mentions how home networks are more open to abuse because they aren't set up right for security.

Of course, if they are set up in the Wireless Nomad way, nobody is locked out, and nobody is being used unfairly... and nobody ends up with a criminal conviction for using somebody else's extra bandwidth.



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