Report: Singapore teen faces 3 years’ jail for tapping into another’s wireless Internet
The Associated Press
A Singapore teenager has been charged with tapping into someone else’s wireless Internet connection, a crime that carries a penalty of up to three years in jail, a newspaper reported Saturday.
Garyl Tan Jia Luo, 17, is the first person to be charged with this crime under the Computer Misuse Act, the Straits Times reported.
The report said Tan is accused of using a laptop computer to gain unauthorized access to a home wireless network on May 13.
The newspaper said a neighbor had apparently lodged a complaint against Luo.
Most notebook computers and personal digital assistants can detect unsecured networks and easily gain access.
Tan was released on a bail of 6,000 Singapore dollars (US$3,855; €3,000) and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
If convicted, Tan faces up to three years in jail and fines of up to S$10,000 (US$6,425; €5,000) under the Computer Misuse Act.
Okay, this news article bothers me so much because I cannot fathom the point of this law. A person can be jailed because a PUBLIC SIGNAL enters your domain and you just decided to use it. The ethical or unethical points of this is just too much and it has been debated over the net already. Personally, if there’s no password-protection, it’s a freebie for all. I think we should be careful with our possessions that’s why we put passwords or keep them secure. There’s no security on access points that is not secure. It just affirms the naivete of the owner of the access point since there are many ways to secure your connection so other people can stay out of it.
Maybe I should sue the owner of the signal as trespassing because his free signal is going in my domain without my permission.
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Laws like these make you realize how paranoid and stupid people can be.