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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Illinois Man Fined For Piggybacking On Wi-Fi Service

It's getting tougher to piggyback on Wi-Fi.

Yahoo recently noted that "...David M. Kauchak, 32, pleaded guilty this week in Winnebago County to remotely accessing someone else's computer system without permission ... a judge fined Kauchak $250 and sentenced him to one year of court supervision."

Evidently it's a precedent: "... Kauchak has the dubious distinction of being the first person to face the charge in Winnebago County, and prosecutors say they're taking the crime seriously. "We just want to get the word out that it is a crime. We are prosecuting it, and people need to take precautions," Assistant State's Attorney Tom Wartowski told the newspaper."

The bust is interesting ..."A police officer arrested Kauchak in January after spotting him sitting in a parked car with a computer. A chat with the suspect led to the arrest, Wartowski said."

I know piggybacking can be problematic, as I mentioned here, but I think this is kind of crazy.


  • Just proves the old addage that nothing in life is free.

    By Blogger bglennon, at 3:00 AM  

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