[kismac] Re: More about SSID and Network Type...
- From: Brad Knowles <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: "Java Nut" <javanut20@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 22:38:27 +0100
At 8:09 PM -0600 2003/12/07, Java Nut wrote:
But what if the network is wide open like you describe in the first
paragraph, but the broadcast SSID is the manufacturer default (name
of access point), or a name chosen by the owner that does not
indicate that casual users are welcome or unwelcome?
If it's the manufacturer default, that's a more grey area. At
best, you might be able to make an "attractive nuisance" claim,
should they pursue civil or criminal action against you. And if you
can prove that you had used this access previously on numerous
occasions, you might be able to make a squatter's claim.
But this is all a much more grey area, and you could very easily
lose. You have to weigh your willingness to lose your money, your
property, and possibly your liberty for extended periods of time,
against your desire to surf wireless on someone else's dime.
If the SSID has been changed to something else that is not
obvious as to what their preferences may be, you should assume that
it is private property and treat it as such. If you can find the
owner and ask their express permission, or if you see that they've
published their express permission in a "wifi finder" website, that
would be a different matter.
Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.
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