Piggyback hunting-browsing the internet in Australia via unsecured wireless networks : virtual theft or acceptable behaviour in an online world?

Carter, Rachel Anne and Makin, David 2010, Piggyback hunting-browsing the internet in Australia via unsecured wireless networks : virtual theft or acceptable behaviour in an online world?, James Cook university law review, vol. 16, 2009, pp. 20-41.

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Title Piggyback hunting-browsing the internet in Australia via unsecured wireless networks : virtual theft or acceptable behaviour in an online world?
Author(s) Carter, Rachel Anne
Makin, David
Journal name James Cook university law review
Volume number 16
Season 2009
Start page 20
End page 41
Total pages 22
Publisher James Cook University
Place of publication Townsville, QLD.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1321-1072
1839-2792
Summary In a world that is increasingly dominated by the Internet, there is a growing demand for low cost access at the users convenience. The expansion of wireless Internet networks, in particular unsecured wireless Internet networks, gives rise to novel challenges for the regulation of Internet access. The ability to access unsecured wireless Internet networks with ease and with very little impact upon the owner of the network suggests that such 'piggybacking' may be criminal behaviour or may amount to an actionable civil wrong. This paper will explore the legal ramifications of piggybacking an unsecured wireless network with knowledge that there is no entitlement to the use of the network and will consider what Australian authorities should do about this situation. This paper will look at the position in Australia and juxtapose this with that of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In both the United Kingdom and the United States of America prosecutions have taken place of individuals who knowingly accessed unsecured wireless
networks for their own personal use.
Language eng
Field of Research 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2009, RMIT Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30030347

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