With growing concerns over internet
security, one Maryland delegate decided to take action. Brought before
the Maryland General Assembly last week was a bill sponsored by LeRoy E. Myers,
Jr. criminalizing unauthorized use of a wireless access point anywhere in the
The legislation was brought forth
when Myers noticed his WiFi connection was being used by a neighbor without his
permission. According to The
Herald-Mail, the neighbor claims he bought a new laptop and
thought he was accessing the internet through a cable TV hookup.
Under the legislation, House Bill 1377, any person intentionally
accessing another person’s computer or network without authorization will face
up to three years imprisonment and up to a $1,000 fine. Any persons attempting
to access an unauthorized network to cause harm to another person’s computer or
cause harm on the internet could face charges up to ten years in prison and a
Several critics of the bill claim
that: 1) To track who accesses another person’s network would be entirely too
difficult and 2) owners should set passwords and secure their networks if they
do not want someone else using it.
"A technically unsophisticated
user, such as a visiting parent, or simply a houseguest unfamiliar with the
home's Internet could and probably would choose the first available network,”
wrote a public defender’s office in a written testimony opposing the
legislation. “A more effective way to prevent unauthorized access would be for
owners' to secure their wireless networks with assistance where necessary from
Internet service providers or Vendors."
Currently the House Judiciary
Committee has deemed the bill an “unfavorable report”, so the likelihood if its
passage is very unlikely.
quote: Aircrack can crack WPA-PSK but it can't crack WPA-AES, let alone WPA2.Lesson, if you don't know how to secure your AP, that's YOUR problem.
quote: Morally I agree cutting across the lawn shouldn't land you in Juvi. Legally that thing you do is called trespassing.
quote: Are people realy to stupid to put a decent password on their wireless? or use mac addresses to limit who has access ..so easy.
quote: Mac address limitations are as easy to bypass as WEP!