When In Singapore Make Sure To Turn Off WiFi Network Autodiscovery

from the otherwise,-jailtime-it-is dept

For many years, we've put up posts questioning whether or not using unsecured WiFi was a crime or if it even should be a crime. It appears that officials in Singapore decided that it absolutely is a crime and John writes in to point out that a teenager now faces three years in jail for using his neighbor's WiFi. There aren't too many details here, and perhaps there's more to this story. However, from the summary, it sounds like this kid used his neighbor's open WiFi network. There's nothing saying that he got past any security or anything like that -- just that he had "unauthorized access." As many of you probably know, most computers these days have WiFi network auto-discovery, meaning that if you're walking around with an ordinary laptop in Singapore, you could accidentally open yourself up to the potential of 3 years in jail just by waking it up in the wrong spot. The other oddity here is that the article claims the complaint was filed by the neighbor, though it's unclear how he knew that his WiFi was being used by the teen, or how anyone can prove that it actually was the teen. Perhaps there really is more to the story, and perhaps the neighbor did properly lock up his WiFi -- but if it really was open, wouldn't locking it up be a more reasonable response than tossing your teenaged neighbor in jail for three years?

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    Rip Van Winkle, 14 Nov 2006 @ 7:48am

    Re: Comment 11

    why should a person with a wireless receiver, be required to be MORE savvy than the person next door, who left their router open ?? I leave mine open.. if someone happened to need the internet.. for a minute, I wouldnt care if they connected to check their email / whatever.. and at the same time, id hope that others might leave theirs open, so if im out on the road somewhere, maybe i could use mapquest or something of that nature... no harm in that.

    And.. in response to someone elses car comment...
    If the guy is dumb enough to leave a key to his car, on everyone nearby's doormat, and not use "the club" on his steering wheel, i'd sure as heck take it for a spin, at least to the grocery store!

    lighten up

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