Man fined for hijacking wireless network

A man has been fined £500 for using a neighbours wireless connection without permission in what we believe is the first of its kind in the UK.

A jury in Isleworth court in Middlesex, found Gregory Straszkiewicz, 24, guilty of dishonestly obtaining an electronic communications service and possessing equipment for fraudulent use of a communications service.

Straszkiewicz was caught by police standing outside a building in a residential area holding a wireless-enabled laptop.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Straszkiewicz was 'piggybacking' the wireless network that householders were using at the time. He was also reported to have attempted this several times before police finally arrested him.

Straszkiewicz was fined £500 and sentenced to 12 months' conditional discharge.


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