Does your wireless LAN have criminal intent?
School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Information Science / Centre for Security Research
All of the literature relating to wireless network security has focused on the flaws, newer alternatives and suggestions for securing the network. There is much speculation and anecdotal statements in relation to what can happen if a breach occurs, but this is mostly from a computer security perspective, and mostly expressed in terms of potential for financial loss. This paper examines the potential legal ramifications of failing to properly secure a wireless network. Several scenarios are examined within based on usage of wireless on the various category of attack. Legal opinion, backed up with case law, is provided for each scenario. Several examples are given for unauthorised use, with other aspects having potential for prosecution. The conclusion is that no matter whether you are a home user of wireless, a small to medium business or a large enterprise, there a legal as well as financial reasons to properly secure your wireless network.