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    Default Wifi hacking legal

    I couldn't believe what I was reading:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/22258...now_legal.html

    I get it though. A router is not a computer system. The law is out dated.

    Here in New Zealand a guy was arrested for allegedly stealing wifi:

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdeta...storyid=192804

    What does New Zealand law define a computer system as?

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    Default Re: Wifi hacking legal

    He broke the law not because it was a computer system, but stealing a closed service!
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    Default Re: Wifi hacking legal

    S248

    Interpretation

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    For the purposes of this section and sections 249 and 250,—

    access, in relation to any computer system, means instruct, communicate with, store data in, receive data from, or otherwise make use of any of the resources of the computer system

    computer system—
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    (a) means—
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    (i) a computer; or
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    (ii) 2 or more interconnected computers; or
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    (iii) any communication links between computers or to remote terminals or another device; or
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    (iv) 2 or more interconnected computers combined with any communication links between computers or to remote terminals or any other device; and
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    (b) includes any part of the items described in paragraph (a) and all related input, output, processing, storage, software, or communication facilities, and stored data.

    Section 248: substituted, on 1 October 2003, by section 15 of the Crimes Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 39).
    Source: http://legislation.govt.nz/act/publi...&p=1#DLM330416

    S252
    Accessing computer system without authorisation

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    (1) Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years who intentionally accesses, directly or indirectly, any computer system without authorisation, knowing that he or she is not authorised to access that computer system, or being reckless as to whether or not he or she is authorised to access that computer system.

    (2) To avoid doubt, subsection (1) does not apply if a person who is authorised to access a computer system accesses that computer system for a purpose other than the one for which that person was given access.

    (3) To avoid doubt, subsection (1) does not apply if access to a computer system is gained by a law enforcement agency—
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    (a) under the execution of an interception warrant or search warrant; or
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    (b) under the authority of any Act or rule of the common law.
    Source: http://legislation.govt.nz/act/publi...&p=1#DLM330430

    I'm not a lawyer, but it sounds like in NZ this would still be illegal, since a wireless network counts as a "communication links between computers or to remote terminals or another device", and using someone's network without their permission would fall under section 252 of the Crimes Act.
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    Default Re: Wifi hacking legal

    The ruling made by the judge was in the Dutch court.
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    Default Re: Wifi hacking legal

    By the time the world legislates to stop wifi crackers, we'll be onto debating whether or not stealing people's teleport flux trails for personal redirection is right.

    And a router is a pc. It has an OS, and they CAN be used for storing bits and bytes. I mean hell, you could be stupid and stick something in the Message of the day that was sensitive. Stupid, but it'd still be something stored.

    Screw you, globally outdated legal systems.
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    Default Re: Wifi hacking legal

    In the end of it though, not our problem.


    I Wounder how they found him out?
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    Default Re: Wifi hacking legal

    Quote Originally Posted by The Error Guy View Post
    In the end of it though, not our problem.


    I Wounder how they found him out?
    It appears like a case of neigbourhood watch coming to the fore. He was seen acting suspiciously and was reported by a member of the public.
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    Default Re: Wifi hacking legal

    Fail then. Breaks WPA or WPA2 (i'm assuming it wasn't WEP) then gets caught because he was suspicious
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