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Subject: [ISN] Half-naked driver faces Net charge

Tue Nov 25, 2003 11:11 am

http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFre ... 64890.html

2003-11-22

TORONTO -- A half-naked man found driving on a city street was
arrested and charged with child porn offences this week in the first
Canadian case involving wireless Internet signal piracy, police said
yesterday. The bizarre case began when a Toronto police officer
spotted a motorist going the wrong way down a one-way street in a
residential neighbourhood.

After pulling the man over, Sgt. Don Woods discovered the man was
naked from the waist down as he downloaded images on a laptop
computer of a young girl involved in a sex act with an adult.

Investigation showed the man had hooked into a wireless computer
network at a nearby house to gain access to a resident's Internet
connection and download images from child pornography websites.

The scheme, known as "war driving," allows a computer with wireless
Internet capability to tap into a wireless home network and access the
World Wide Web, usually without fear of discovery.

"We have never laid a (war driving-related) charge before," Det.-Sgt.
Paul Gillespie said yesterday.

"And I'm not aware of any similar charges being laid in Canada,"
Gillespie said.

Gillespie said detectives from the child exploitation section made
arrangements with the OPP to search the suspect's home in Southwestern
Ontario.

"We seized 10 computers . . . and hundreds of CDs and floppy disks,"
he said.

"Right now, I would say we are looking at hundreds of thousands of
images."

Gillespie said it will take 20 to 40 hours to forensically examine
each computer, but so far, investigators have been exposed to some of
the worst child pornography they've ever seen.

"Right down to very young children and babies," he said.

Walter Nowakowski, 36, of Delhi, is charged with possession of child
pornography, accessing child pornography, distributing child
pornography, making child pornography and theft of telecommunications.

He was being held in custody and was scheduled for a bail hearing
Monday.

So-called "war drivers" employ a laptop and a special wireless adaptor
card with antenna, point it at a home or business and pick up
transmissions from a router that will allow them to use computer
equipment and access the Internet without permission.

Routers that link wireless systems can pick up a signal from 30 to 300
metres away.

Wireless systems that can be purchased for as little as $100 have
built-in security features, but some people don't activate them when
setting up, Gillespie said, warning users to read the instructions
that come with the equipment.


wowserz! holy perverts batman! lol - what 'chu all think about this story?
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Tue Nov 25, 2003 11:23 am

Good idea, not wearing pants...at least the sicko got busted.
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Tue Nov 25, 2003 11:29 am

yeah but the media is turning this pervert story into a negative
WAN war driving related case.

WAR DRIVING IS NOT ILLEGAL ppl. period. there is NO laws set forth
by our government or any state or local laws that makes war driving
illegal. someone out there that is attourney-savy please post something
that proves me wrong. thanx.
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Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:28 pm

Yeah, as far as I know it's not illegal. It's just not...polite. (for lack of a better term). Of course, they got that guy on theft of telecommunications among the other charges.



As for that story, it's sick. Atleast he got busted.
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Tue Nov 25, 2003 3:03 pm

zerohex wrote:
Yeah, as far as I know it's not illegal. It's just not...polite. (for lack of a better term). Of course, they got that guy on theft of telecommunications among the other charges.

As for that story, it's sick. Atleast he got busted.


Make sure that you wear pants when you are doing this though....
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Tue Nov 25, 2003 3:17 pm

Pretty darned stupid of the guy if you ask me...heh...maybe he wanted to be caught....im sure his time in the hoosegow will be spent lookin over his shoulder and covering his backside as best he can :lol:
 
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Tue Nov 25, 2003 3:26 pm

WAR DRIVING IS NOT ILLEGAL ppl. period. there is NO laws set forth
by our government or any state or local laws that makes war driving
illegal.


Just give me a couple of minutes and I bet I can make it illegal by terms of the Patriot Act. :P :wink:
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Tue Nov 25, 2003 3:34 pm

One problem tank...this perp was arrested in Canada :o
 
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Tue Nov 25, 2003 3:58 pm

I know that but thageek doesn't live in Canada. But just because someone is stupid or not in the 'Know' about securing their wireless network doesn't mean you can just steal it! Now if they advertise that they are providing this service well thats another story. Stealing is Stealing and if some low life hacked my wireless and I found out and found him/her they would have a Tankerbar up their @$$!.
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