Wardrivers map vast areas of wireless hotspots

Wednesday, 6 August 2003, 9:57 AM EST

J.P. Tanguay and Matthew Hyson sit hunched over a laptop computer at one of the outdoor tables in front of the Miofrio juice bar in Spadina Village, a tiny enclave of shops in the heart of one of Toronto's most expensive residential neighbourhoods.

To passersby, they look like a pair of young high-tech business types, taking advantage of Miofrio's free wireless Internet connection to download work-related material.

In reality, they are wardrivers, part of a fast-growing wireless subculture that has the potential to wreak havoc in the business world -- or do a lot of good.

Mr. Tanguay clicks on the wireless connection icon at the top of the laptop screen and says, "They're out there."

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