Wi-Fi hackers are stealing bandwidth

Wednesday, 17 July 2002, 12:34 AM EST

Illegal communities based around Wi-Fi are springing up in the US as users opt for high-speed access without being tethered to a telephone line or cable.

One person buys a cable access account and then lets others based nearby connect using wireless accounts.

Time Warner said it has identified a dozen users operating in this way. But a spokesman admitted that identifying them was difficult, as wireless connectivity is hard to trace.

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