Wi-Fi cloaks a new breed of intruder
Though wireless mooching is preventable, it often goes undetected.
By ALEX LEARY, Times Staff Writer
Published July 4, 2005
ST. PETERSBURG - Richard Dinon saw the laptop's muted glow through the
rear window of the SUV parked outside his home. He walked closer and
noticed a man inside.
Then the man noticed Dinon and snapped his computer shut.
Maybe it's census work, the 28-year-old veterinarian told his
girlfriend. An hour later, Dinon left to drive her home. The Chevy
Blazer was still there, the man furtively hunched over his computer.
Dinon returned at 11 p.m. and the men repeated their strange dance.
Fifteen minutes later, Dinon called police.
Police say Benjamin Smith III, 41, used his Acer brand laptop to hack
into Dinon's wireless Internet network. The April 20 arrest is
considered the first of its kind in Tampa Bay and among only a few so
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