A man in St. Petersburg, Florida has been charged with stealing a neighbor’s unprotected WiFi connection. The man admitted to using the wireless signal while sitting in his car with a laptop. The criminal charge, unauthorized access to a computer network, is a third degree felony in the state of Florida. It will be interesting to see how this case of WiFi theft plays out.

I personally am so paranoid about someone using my home network to commit a crime or download kiddie porn or something that I use WiFi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key (WPA-PSK) with a highly complex passphrase that is immune to dictionary attacks. WEP is so easy to crack using AirSnort that I stopped using it a long time ago.

However, even though I am paranoid about my own network, this doesn’t stop me from using open WiFi access at places like Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens, or other public spaces throughout the city of San Francisco. This case may change the public’s perception about wireless and spur a wave of wireless security initiatives and protocols. Stay tuned.

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  1. I’m so paranoid about it (I live in an apartment building in New York now) that I ditched my wireless router in favor of a hardwired one. heh.

    #1 by demonsurfer — November 9, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

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