[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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