QOTD: Have You Ever Stolen Someone's WiFi?

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B-Unit

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[citation][nom]leafblower29[/nom]Well I tried to... but they were all protected.[/citation]
Dont let that slow you down. The answer you seek lies on this very site...
 

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How do you think I'm posting this?

I have a moral code though, I never borrow unprotected wifi. A bit backwards, but it gives me a robinhood feeling inside. :)
 
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I am doing it now. I actually contacted the person who "owns" this UNSECURE wifi system. Offered this person a fee AND offered him a brand new "G" wireless router to replace his old "B" version. He "freaked out"
shut the system off for 4 days. It's back on. He never called me back. So I use it as it is UNSECURED and I use it for routine surfing and nothing else. Being without a job and very limited income it beats going to the library or whatever venue for free wifi. IF you DON't SECURE it, oh well!
I am up high and at any given time I "see" 14 different networks. At any given time at least 3 - 4 are UNSECURE..2 - 3 others are using factory defaults for security.. Some use really colorful network names to insult
you. Broadcasting UNSECURED it is FREE to me.
 

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[citation][nom]afrobacon[/nom]How do you think I'm posting this?I have a moral code though, I never borrow unprotected wifi. A bit backwards, but it gives me a robinhood feeling inside.[/citation]

Aww, that's sweet in a mean sort of way.
 

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For the longest time, my friend had dial-up, but his neighbors had Fios. 7 minutes to download a full DVD linux distro from some server at MIT (we live near boston). The best part was that they knew, and they were cool with it.

As for the question: of course! who hasn't?
 

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I let some of my neighbors "borrow" my WiFi from time to time. I take off the protection when no one is using our internet because I know that atleast one of my neighbors will jump at the opportunity and I'm ok with that.
 

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If the WiFi connection is not encrypted, then I consider the owner to be sharing it with the public, and I have made use of such generosities in the past.

If the WiFi connection is encrypted, then I have never tried broken in and use the connection that is meant to be private.

I would argue only the latter definition is "stealing", and I have never stolen in the latter sense.
 

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When we lived in the townhouse we couldn't connect to our own because so many people were on it so we used someone else's. 30 townhouses in 1 little area and everybody had the same service from the same company so it really didn't matter
 

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Live close to a fair grounds? You'd be shocked how many of them carni's have laptops and will snag up what ever signal they can get. I know, I used to be one. Many how ever will resort to a near by Krystal's or McDonald's, or anything else that might provide free WiFi. Infact there are a number of fair grounds out there now that have WiFi set up for those staying on the grounds.
 

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If it's unsecured, that means it's public. If you want it to be private then secure the goddamn thing with a half decent password. Where ever i go, there's always one or 2 unsecured routers running. So.. don't mind if i do.
 

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No, I've never have, and I keep my connection as secure as I can (WPA and MAC filetring currently), I also check the client list every once in a while just to check if someone is piggybacking off me.

I once saw a connection that shouldn't be there and ban it, it turned out my router lists all clients in one list and not just the wireless ones, so I banned my brother's PC, it took me like an hour to figure out what was happening to his connection.
 

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"There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who would piggyback on someone else’s Wi-Fi and those who lie about whether or not they would piggy back on someone else’s Wi-Fi."

What the hell? I didn't think this was so common.

I don't think I've ever done it.
 

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I have been setting up a WiFi area in my area so that the neighbors can use mine. I live in a poor neighborhood and the kids think I'm a hero. It's just a small project of my on trying to setup a Network. My own Personnel Network is sealed by a Router and is Hardwired. Sure I get a drop in bandwith for a couple of hours but nothing that isn't noticiable.
 
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Uh yeah.all the time.I mean,I paid like 60 bucks for a usb 500mw alfa ,and then a 14 decibel directional antenna,and then I still have it amped with another watt of power.

I can point this puppy out a window,and pick up networks (around 200)for about 5 blocks,in any direction,in a heavily congested city setting.

Who cares if it is protected by wep/wpa...just fire up backtrack 3,in a vm,and run a plethora of tools against it,with 40 gigs of rainbow tables on an external drive....and viola,in a matter of minutes,no more protection.

 

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I caught someone leeching off of my wifi (before I secured it, of course) so I left a notepad file in their shared folder saying basically "get your own wifi". I didn't want to do anything drastic since it was really my fault for not securing it in the first place. I have since secured my wifi. Have I stolen bandwidth? Of course!
 
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