Arrest made over Wi-Fi broadband ‘theft’

Free Wi-Fi (someone else's) spotA man in Chiswick was arrested on Tuesday in connection with using a Wi-Fi broadband connection without the owners permission.

The 39-year-old was spotted and arrested by two Community Support Officers in Prebend Gardens, Chiswick. The Officers became suspicious when they noticed the individual using his laptop outside a house using his laptop.

When the Officers asked the individual what he was doing, he admitted to using the unsecured broadband connection without permission.

The case is now being handled by the Metropolitan Police’s computer crime unit.

This is about the third time this year that I have heard of a simple arrest for someone using someone else’s broadband without their permission.

This of course leads to a very basic reminder, that dishonestly obtaining free access is an offence under the Communications Act 2003 and a potential breach of the Computer Misuse Act.

If you would like a -up to make sure your Wi-Fi is secure, then do book a time online. Alternatively, and more importantly, if you know a neighbour or friend who has an insecure connection to get them to get in touch to.

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