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Wireless Broadband Hacker Fined

Posted: 26th Jul, 2005 By: MarkJ
In a first of its kind case for the UK, the Isleworth court in London has found Gregory Straszkiewicz (24) guilty of hijacking a wireless broadband (Wi-Fi) connection. He has now been fined £500 and given a 12 months conditional discharge:

Police sources said Straszkiewicz was caught standing outside a building in a residential area holding a wireless-enabled laptop. The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Straszkiewicz was 'piggybacking' the wireless network that householders were using. He was reported to have attempted this several times before police arrested him.

It's unclear whether the 'hacker' had broken through security or simply logged in to an open network connection, which is quite possible given how few users even bother to secure their connection. More @ ZDNet.
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