Were there no dogs to shoot? Copper must have been disappointed.
Sleezer. How appropriate.
They didn’t really raid the “wrong” home. They raided the home where the material was being downloaded.
The people in that home were not responsible for the downloading, but that isn’t really the fault of the police.
Sleezer, what a descriptive name
Hopefully they didn’t go Waco on the place.
Another reason to put a strong password on your wireless router.
It seems to me the FBI ought to have a procedure to check for something like this. A lot of people are not all that computer literate when it comes to wireless, and this is not the first time someone has used an unsuspecting person’s connection to criminal ends.
Yes, wireless users need to savvy about these things. But at the same time, one would think that a federal law enforcement agency with supposed experts in cybercrime working the case would have accounted for that possibility before they started raiding people’s homes.
Just sayin’. I’m glad they got the right person in the end.
Technically, I do not believe it is 'stealing' as much as it is 'snooping'. To steal something, you have to take it away from someone in a manner that no longer allows them to possess it. If you and your neighbor live off the public road, and he creates a driveable path past your house from the road on the way to his place, it is not stealing if you decide to use the road. Public property, not on his, thusly fair use. If your neighbor drops his running garden hose and dashed into the house to answer his phone, it is not stealing if you sneak a drink from the running hose in the meantime.
I have become inured over the years about how many people just can not be troubled to change the default passwords on the equipment they use. Modems, routers, hubs, computers -you name it, it's unsecured.
Did they burn the house down???
You gotta lock up and encrypt it to make it secure.
Perhaps we should change the letters “FBI” to “FUBAR.”