MAC security (Re: Question about Wireless)

Leo Cacciari leo.cacciari at
Tue Nov 27 22:11:20 UTC 2007

Il giorno mar, 27/11/2007 alle 13.04 -0500, Miano, Steven M. ha scritto:

> Too true that it's illegal to use someone else's wireless access point:
> If someone else uses your internet connection (that your responsible for) they are liable for it.
> By your thought process I shouldn't leave my gun on my nightstand with a round in the chamber because if someone were to come into my home and shoot my roommate then I'd be liable for killing my roommate?
> I just think some of you guys are going a bit extreme for home/network security. If you really need security you shouldn't be wireless anyway.
Nope, you are wrong. First, you have to _prove_ that someone else used
your WAP. And this is very very difficult, if not impossible. Second,
there may be a case for holding your liable for not having secured the
access and so be considered an accomplice (instead of "downloading kid
porno" think attacking a sensible site, eg. CIA or FBI...) I repeat,
this could be different in other countries, but normally you are
supposed to _control_ the access, if you do not, you are an accomplice
(maybe unwilling, but try explaining this to some federal agent looking
for the terrorist who f*ed up the NSA site...;)) of everything illegal
someone could do with your connection. 

Leo "TheHobbit" Cacciari

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