'Extortionist' turns Wi-Fi thief to cover tracks
Oz police set a trap
An Australian man arrested in an undercover sting has been charged for allegedly tapping into home wireless networks so he could anonymously send threatening emails.
Police say the 22 year-old from Rockhampton, Queensland had sent threatening emails to various individuals since August. To avoid detection, he connected to unencrypted Wi-Fi connections so the IP addresses couldn't be traced back to him. The practice is sometimes called piggybacking. He also spoofed the email address of Tony Sarno, editor of the APC Computer magazine.
At one point, investigators knocked on the door they believed belonged to the perpetrator, but later concluded the elderly couple living there had their wireless connection accessed by someone else.
The break in the case came last week after the suspect sent a letter demanding money be delivered to a park. Police arrested him there without incident. He has been charged with demanding property by threat and using a carriage service to threaten serious harm.
@ Jim Lewis
Won't be be nice when people commenting here learn to read your "Joke Alert" icon? Although it's not like it's blatantly right in front of what you posted or anything.
Oh wait, it is.
Hmm. What does this icon do...
In many suburbs, unsecured wireless access overlaps in a continuous sheet for miles, like some kind of nightmarish Venn diagram. Or at least it can seem that way.
If one forgets this fact, it can make troubleshooting calls by friends/family tough. "I can log on to the network, and get onto the internet, but I can't see my other computer!"
Dumb and dumber
And who is going to support the connection when you turn on encryption and they try to get (random device) to connect when both they and you have forgotten the password. FWIW on any network where I do have to set one it is invariably "warthogs".