Wireless Hacking is Also Legal

A Dutch court has ruled against punishment for hacking into Wi-Fi connection provided that connected computers were untouched. However the rules regarding data freeloading seems likely to change in the following months.

The unusual ruling came in the case of a student who has hacked into his neighbors wireless connection in order to post a shooting rampage threat at Maerlant College in The Hague. The threat was posted on 4chan, the notoriously anarchic internet image board. The student was sentenced to community service because of the post however he was not sentenced further for hacking into a secured wireless connection. How the student got caught still remains a mystery.

The flaw of the law comes from the fact that Netherlands computer laws dates back to 1990s and according to the laws that defines a computer as “data storage”. Since a router can not store data, hacking into it and using it does not pose as a treat or go against the rules.

This seems like another example of bureaucracy  losing it’s strength against emerging technology rules of which is basically refreshed every minute. As the technology advances and redefines criminal activity, constitutions remain with great amount of vulnerabilities that hackers can deplete.

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2 thoughts on “Wireless Hacking is Also Legal

  1. Did it say anything about what type of security his neighbors wireless connection was using? I know that WEP encryption is easy to hack since it just uses a key passphrase, though it is now considered an old and weak security algorithm for IEEE 802.11 wireless networks. It’s surprising how many people still use it on their routers.

    • Unfortunately there is no comment on the security used in the wireless router. I have checked various sources but did not come across any security description. Guessing from the result I believe it was 64-128 bit WEP encryption. If the student was smart enough to crack a better security encryption he wouldn’t have been caught.

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