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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • So, if you don't want to share, set a damn password.

    That doesn't mean jack. It is illegal period. If you don't have permission of some sort to use it; don't fricken use it.

    • If you don't have permission of some sort to use it; don't fricken use it.

      A good point, but a logical argument can be made that an open wireless access point constitutes 'permission of some sort'. Every WAP sold for the last several years comes with instructions on how to secure it. Another way to look at it is that if you don't put a fence up around your property, how can you expect outsiders to respect your property boundaries?

      Now the fence analogy is not completely relevant here since the closer you get to someone's house, the more you know that you are on their property. But at the edges, on the sidewalk, or maybe in an alleyway next to the house, the lines become fuzzier. I can't think of a good analogy to use with wireless access points.

      Suffice to say though, if I am legally outside someone's property, and they are broadcasting a signal which does not have any access restrictions on it whatsoever, I think that the argument that I am stealing something by using that signal can easily be brought into question. If the SSID is 'linksys', how do I know what physical location it is coming from? I can take a guess, but a guess is open to interpretation. If the SSID is 'Freds Wireless', how do I know that Fred did not intent for me to use it?

      So the illegality of a particular case is fairly easy to call into question. IANAL, but I think there is enough greyness here to muddle the issue. As for me, I have taken the easy route. The SSID of my access point is 'Free Wireless' :)