First Federal Conviction for Wardriving

Interesting article, though unfortunately confuses the term "wardriving" with
actually using an open WiFi port.


WiFi - Was That Wardriving or Joyriding?

Wardriving. Even if you don't know what it is, you know that it
must be illegal. And if you have any doubts, federal prosecutors
don't. On August 3, they announced that Paul Timmins had pleaded
guilty to a single count of fraudulent and unauthorized WiFi access
to the private corporate network of a Lowe's store.

Timmins stumbled on the network while engaged in "wardriving" -
the practice of driving around with a laptop computer while
looking for open wireless connections. In this case, he found one -
in the parking lot of a Lowe's store in suburban Detroit.
Timmins' guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the Western
District of North Carolina marks what is believed to be the first wardriving conviction in the US. Whether you think that's a good
idea depends on whether you've ever used an unknown WiFi port to
connect to the Internet, which the US Justice Department seems
to think is a crime


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