Stealing/borrowing your neighbor's wifi

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    Aug 14, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    Just moved into a brand new place today.

    So far it has been quite eventful and not in a good way. Spent $7k on furniture and scheduled it to be delivered today, well more than half didn't even show up... My precious new bed was "damaged" so they couldn't deliver it. Looks like I'll be sleeping on a pile of dirty laundry.

    Anyway, I have no cable or internet right now, yet I'm connected and browsing and downloading very quickly.......on my neighbor's wifi.

    I scheduled COX cable and internet to come to my house tomorrow and hook me up to the net, but now I'm thinking I could possibly cancel and just use the internet I'm currently using, for free!

    Now, be honest people. If you had a full signal, and fast internet access provided free through your neightbor- would u take advantage?

    It's weird because I just decided to open my laptop and look at the wifi signals in my area- there's propbably about 7 or 8 of them and one of them in unsecured---this one.

    Should I just use this one for free and save my $$$?
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
    Isn't internet leeching illegal?
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    Neight saidIsn't internet leeching illegal?

    bro who cares.

    The neighbor should have secured their own network......dumbasses, the lot of them!
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    Yes I would mkay.
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    Import said
    Neight saidIsn't internet leeching illegal?

    bro who cares.

    The neighbor should have secured their own network......dumbasses, the lot of them!


    HEYYY...why are you name calling them...they are letting you use their internet...that's rude bro. icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    As a stop-gap measure, I cannot see any problem. If you are intending doing it for any length of time, there may be legal and security issues. What happens if your neighbour suddenly decides to secure his network or his wi-fi disappears for some other reason? You could wake up one morning and find yourself sans internet.
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    Dj1990 said
    Import said
    Neight saidIsn't internet leeching illegal?

    bro who cares.

    The neighbor should have secured their own network......dumbasses, the lot of them!


    HEYYY...why are you name calling them...they are letting you use their internet...that's rude bro. icon_cry.gif


    they're dumb for not securing their wifi.
    DUMB. Not insulting them, just stating a fact.
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    see how long you can get away with it.

    a friend of mine was jacking his neighbor's wifi for a while, but they eventually found out and secured it.
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    eightball saidsee how long you can get away with it.

    a friend of mine was jacking his neighbor's wifi for a while, but they eventually found out and secured it.
    LOL, your friend is a low-life.

    A low-life I would probably be friends with.
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    You're stupid for not creating a sock account, trolling the boards with some seriously fucked up shit, and getting them in trouble once the IP address is traced. icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidYou're stupid for not creating a sock account, trolling the boards with some seriously fucked up shit, and getting them in trouble once the IP address is traced. icon_twisted.gif


    OMG!!!!!!! why didnt I think of this?

    I know what I'm doing tonight. The ethernet cable gon be RED HOT!! icon_twisted.gif






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    Aug 14, 2012 10:28 PM GMT
    Import said
    Dj1990 said
    Import said
    Neight saidIsn't internet leeching illegal?

    bro who cares.

    The neighbor should have secured their own network......dumbasses, the lot of them!


    HEYYY...why are you name calling them...they are letting you use their internet...that's rude bro. icon_cry.gif


    they're dumb for not securing their wifi.
    DUMB. Not insulting them, just stating a fact.


    whatever ur a slut
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    Aug 15, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    That's how the hackers git' ya'..Nice free unsecured open signal !!
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    As a networking and information security professional, let me say two things:

    One, at any time your neighbor can log in to their router and capture your computer's MAC address and have proof that you're leaching off of their wifi. Will this matter? Probably not. Will it have any legal consequences for you? Probably not, unless you're downloading kiddie porn. But just be aware at any time your neighbor could decide it's a good idea to enable wireless encryption (and it is). Sooner or later you're likely to lose this free ride.

    Two, if you decide to do this, realize that you're making your computer visible to their network. Meaning, they can browse your computer. They can steal anything on your computer. They can install things on your computer. They can run admin level scripts on your computer. Will they do this? Not likely. Do they have the skill and experience to do this? Not likely. Is it technically possible that they do this? Absolutely. So if you decide to do this, make sure you have a software firewall like Windows Firewall turned on and restricted as much as possible. Be sure ports 3389 (Remote Desktop), 5900 (VNC), and 137-139 and 445 (SMB) are disallowed and turn off ping (echo reply).

    All that said, I would really advise against it. When you're on someone else's network, you're completely exposed to any kind of network discovery or scanning that they might do, and there are some incredibly powerful tools available to a skilled hacker/network admin/security analyst. You don't know who's operating that wifi.

    Let's just say if you were leaching on my wifi, I would completely own your computer. If I wanted to wreak havoc with you, I could change your password, create my own Admin user account, delete your user account, change your registry settings to lock you out, etc. etc. There is no limit to how I could take control of your computer. I say all this so that you're fully aware of what could happen.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    Misread this as stealing/borrowing your neighbor's wife
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidMisread this as stealing/borrowing your neighbor's wife
    Last time I did that, I had a great lasagna for dinner.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:42 AM GMT
    You could... but you're basically at your neighbors mercy. I will steal for like 15 minutes if my own modem is off or i'm somewhere public but not as a semi-long term thing because i'm leeching off their bandwidth and at anytime they can catch on and boot me off by securing it. I secure mine because i want ALL my bandwidth. I need the speed.. so i pay for mobile internet and internet in my home.

    In theory you can... but it's not something you should rest on or feel super comfortable with. Your neighbors are dumb though.

    Oh and you ARE compromising your privacy as well by leeching.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    If they're that insecure, then likely you are going to be vulnerable as well. It doesn't seem worth it.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    JackKash saidYou could... but you're basically at your neighbors mercy. I will steal for like 15 minutes if my own modem is off or i'm somewhere public but not as a semi-long term thing because i'm leeching off their bandwidth and at anytime they can catch on and boot me off by securing it. I secure mine because i want ALL my bandwidth. I need the speed.. so i pay for mobile internet and internet in my home.

    In theory you can... but it's not something you should rest on or feel super comfortable with. Your neighbors are dumb though.

    Oh and you ARE compromising your privacy as well by leeching.
    ...especially if you check your bank account(s).
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    You just paid 7k for furniture. I think you can afford the $40 or so per month. I wouldn't classify it as a crime but ethically wrong to do.

    It is strange that they don't have it secured as I thought everyone did that now. You could always befriend them and ask to split the internet bill each month. haha. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    princeofnash saidYou just paid 7k for furniture. I think you can afford the $40 or so per month.
    Furniture is not a recurring payment. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidMisread this as stealing/borrowing your neighbor's wife
    ..

    ROTFL>>>>>>>>lol....lol...lol

    Coach mike..omg..lmao..!!
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    princeofnash saidYou just paid 7k for furniture. I think you can afford the $40 or so per month.
    Furniture is not a recurring payment. icon_wink.gif


    Oh...thanks for the enlightenment. ;) I guess he could have either bought the furniture or paid for 14.5 years of the internet. Must have been a tough decision.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    I wouldnt use it just because chances are it wouldn't hit all the spots in my place.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    As a few people have touched on already, you need to keep in mind that it's a 2-way street. Because the connection is unsecured for them it's also unsecured for you. The amount of damage a virus or hacker could do is endless. Things can make their way into your computer traveling on this unprotected link and you might end up with a much bigger bill/inconvenience on your hands.

    I wouldn't do it.