Benjamin Smith III, 41, faces a pretrial hearing this month following his April arrest on charges of unauthorized access to a computer network, a third-degree felony. Police say Smith admitted using the Wi-Fi signal from the home of Richard Dinon, who had noticed Smith sitting in an SUV outside Dinon's house using a laptop computer.Link (via unwired, thanks Hal Bringman)
Here's a dumb question for all you lawyerators out there: If the wireless access point / router used by the "theft victim" was shipped with open access as a default, couldn't the accused "wireless thief" sue the living crap out of its manufacturer?
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