Singapore Busts Second WiFi Stealing Criminal Mastermind
from the Disneyland-with-the-death-penalty dept
Whether or not leeching bandwidth from an open WiFi hotspot is legal may be an endless argument here in the States, but in Singapore there's no argument. WiFi freeloading is illegal, as made evident by the recent arrest of a teenager who piggybacked on his neighbor's hotspot. While the teen faced up to three years in jail, the Judge in the case is instead nudging him to enlist early in Singapore's mandatory national service "as a way to stay out of mischief." Now a second person has been arrested in the country, this time for using open hotspots in order to make bomb threats. The "threat" doesn't seem like much of a threat at all -- instead it appears he just posted a dumb, and fake, news headline on a technology website that declared: "Breaking news _ Toa Payoh hit by bomb attacks." The user not only faces up to seven years in jail and fines of up to $32,500, but is also looking at 60 charges of WiFi freeloading -- each of which carry the maximum penalty of three years in jail and a fine of up to $6,500. As with the first case, it's still not clear how exactly authorities proved he was WiFi piggybacking. In a country with no shortage of draconian rules, the Singapore government might want to take a page from Arnold Schwarzenegger, and pass laws aimed at getting people to change their default hotspot password -- lest their prisons be overrun by teenagers who forgot to disable WiFi network auto discovery.