[Gllug] WEP security experiences

John G Walker johngwalker at tiscali.co.uk
Wed Jun 20 09:54:38 UTC 2007

On Wed, 20 Jun 2007 10:21:46 +0100 Richard Jones <rich at annexia.org>

> > http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/25/uk_war_driver_fined/  
> The relevant sections seem to be 125-127 of the Communications Act:
> http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2003/30021--c.htm#125
> I think the guy had a useless lawyer.

I'm not sure how a lawyer could argue he wasn't dishonestly obtaining a
communications service, since that is what he set out to do.

However, it would seem to be a defence that you were using a service
accidentally - you though you were connected to your own wifi, for
example, but connected to a neighbour's. 

To get back to the topic, that's where WEP encryption might prove
important, even if it's more or less ineffective. Breaking it would
establish dishonest intention. Isn't that what Caroline was arguing?

On the other hand, IANAL,

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