By Dan Ilett
22 July 2005
A UK man has been fined =A3500 and sentenced to 12 months' conditional
discharge for hijacking a wireless broadband connection.
On Wednesday, a jury at Islewoth court in London found Gregory
Straszkiewicz, 24, guilty of dishonestly obtaining an electronic
communications service and possessing equipment for fraudulent use of
a communications service.
Straszkiewicz was prosecuted under sections 125 and 126 of the
Communications Act 2003.
Police sources said Straszkiewicz was caught 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. He
was reported to have attempted this several times before police
The case is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.
Last year, 21-year-old Brian Salcedo was sentenced to nine years in a
US prison for siphoning credit card numbers over a wireless network
from hardware store Lowes.
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