The case of the stolen Wi-Fi: what you need to know

Tuesday, 9 August 2005, 2:51 AM EST

The idea of a police car roaring down the street to catch a roving "Doom" junkie using someone else's wireless LAN may seem silly, but there are real dangers if your network plays host to strangers. The hazards you might face include eavesdropping, theft of data, painful legal hassles or even a conviction for computer-related crimes. And if you casually tap into your neighbor's Wi-Fi sometimes, these arrests - Smith's in the US and Straszkiewicz's in the UK - signal that it's at least possible you might run afoul of a law and an irritated fellow citizen.

By Stephen Lawson at InfoWorld.

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