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ITN - Man arrested for stealing broadband

A man who was spotted in the street using his laptop to access an unsecured wireless connection has been arrested.

The 39-year-old man was seen sitting on a wall outside a home in Chiswick, west London, by two community support officers.
Dishonestly obtaining free internet access is an offence under the Communications Act 2003 and a potential breach of the Computer Misuse Act

When questioned he admitted using the owner's unsecured wireless internet connection without permission and was arrested on suspicion of stealing a wireless broadband connection.

The man was bailed to October pending further inquiries.

Dishonestly obtaining free internet access is an offence under the Communications Act 2003 and a potential breach of the Computer Misuse Act.

I wonder if he'd have been arrested if he was using a PDA or n800 ?

It's also interesting how it's considered stealing, I wonder if you could argue if they were giving it away... If I leave my front door open and you walk in and use my DVD player I wonder where the law stands on that ?

rgds,

Nick

 
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