While we keep hearing scary, scary stories about how open WiFi access points would allow spammers and virus writers to send out their evil payloads with no chance of getting caught, it looks like reality has struck again. Back in June we noted that an open WiFi extortionist was caught using typical detective methods (and a good helping of stupid criminal behavior), and now Security Focus has the story of a plea deal for a WiFi spammer in California, who drove around Venice, California with a WiFi-enabled laptop sending out porn spam via open WiFi connections. What the article doesn't say is how the guy got caught. After all these stories about how it would be absolutely impossible to catch WiFi spammers, it seems we have pretty good proof that's not true. It's just that investigators have to use other, traditional detective means to track them down.
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