[Gllug] WEP security experiences

Caroline Ford caroline.ford.work at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 20 01:17:38 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-06-20 at 01:04 +0000, Andy Smith wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 10:04:08PM +0100, Juergen.Schinker wrote:
> > so you think
> > 
> > using an open AP in an cafe is good and legal
> ..depending on the circumstances.  there have been people who got in
> trouble for sitting outside and using them.
> > using an WEPed AP (cracked) in an cafe is evil and illegal
> I am fairly sure that Caroline meant that using someone else's access
> point (which was secured with WEP, and you had to crack that to use
> it) is illegal.

As far as I understand it:

Using without permission = legally bad
Using with permission = legally good

Using a cafe's access point without buying a drink is presumably without

I can see that it would be easier to justify connecting to an access
point without permission if you hadn't cracked their WEP key. You could
claim that you'd "accidentally" connected to an open access point. You
can't accidentally crack someone's WEP key. If they'd WEPed it they
clearly didn't want you.


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