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First US Wardriving Indictment

war peddlaz
By vortex, Section News
Posted on Wed Jul 31st, 2002 at 00:20:44 GMT
The Register reports a Texas Grand Jury case of fraud involving 'unauthorised access' to the Harris County district clerk's wireless network system.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Stefan Puffer, 33, accessed the network in a 'low level intrusion' that resulted in 'no permanent damage', but still apparently cost the county US$5000 to clean up. An earlier Houston Chronicle report has further scant details.

It is unclear at this stage what actions Stefan performed, the most important distinction is of course whether Stefen just listened at the 802.11b level for beacons eminating from the county's access points, or whether he went further and sent and received information at a TCP/IP network level.

If only the former, then this may set an horrific US precident that just the act of receiving a broadcast radio signal could be seen as an act of fraud!

Even the latter may be problematic. If the wireless network is configured to give any passing wireless card DHCP services of an IP address, DNS, and default gateway, then in a very real way, his wireless card was 'authorised' to join the network.

free2air hopes to contact Stefan Puffer in the next few days for a brief interview and clarification. Perhaps we can help his case somehow by providing expert information.

Update [2002-7-30 12:46:0 by vortex]: found email and phone number - will wait for email reply before ringing ...

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Australia: Melbourne node hits the skyline...

Toy Satellite
By android, Section Toy Satellite
Posted on Fri Apr 19th, 2002 at 18:26:26 GMT
17.04.02: 4PM, Melbourne. The ToySatellite Wireless antenna finally reached the skyline, staring down the Melbourne CBD in a glorious, near uncluttered 360 degree view of Fitzroy.

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east end wireless workshop

By vortex, Section projects
Posted on Tue Feb 26th, 2002 at 03:44:54 GMT
Kindly hosted by Ambient TV, organised by youarehere, an East End wireless workshop was held on the 16-17th February.

With a focus on making about seven homemade helical antennae, the tireless hardware and demonstrating efforts from raylab helped make the event a success in technical, community, and personal networking.

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GZ - the story of groundzero

By vortex, Section News
Posted on Sun Feb 10th, 2002 at 11:59:03 GMT
Since late December 2000, groundzero has been offering open wireless access to the local area around Bethnal Green in the East End of London.

To the best of our knowledge, groundzero is the oldest, most stable & reliable public wireless access point in London, if not the UK. Actually we think it may be the longest running such gateway in Europe (email us if you can prove otherwise).

Subscribe to the east-end-net mailing list to participate and to stay informed of up to date London East End wireless network developments.

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Spray On 'Graffitti'-style Wireless LAN Antenna

war peddlaz
By vortex, Section News
Posted on Sun Dec 9th, 2001 at 02:52:49 GMT
(original posted on Sun Dec 9th, 2001 at 02:52:49 GMT)

On Nov 3 During a brainstorming session, raylab & vortex tossed the idea of using a conductive spray on paint as a wireless LAN antenna, to be sprayed on a wall, lampost, window, slab of wood - any paint adhesive surface.

We made an order that night from a Farnell catalogue which listed an aerosol can of conductive nickel spray paint and some flexible conductive paint pens. Not only is this pen paint conductive but also at low tempertures, it can be soldered to.

Perfect for those tech-savvy streetkids to hot wire a graffitti antenna to a pigtail to complete that drug deal pickup over the 'net ... ;-)

Two issues remain for a successful prototype. Firstly, we are still researching an effective shape, and secondly, an effective and easy method of impedance matching needs to be found to match the the wireless card to the antenna.

Update [2001-12-23 13:51:16 by chronic]: General & Fractal 2-D Antenna Resources Added

Update: [2004-08-12 15:00 by vortex]: Wifi Wallpaper added

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First DIY Helical Directional Antenna Prototype

By vortex, Section News
Posted on Sun Oct 14th, 2001 at 18:52:36 GMT
Some months back now, raylab & vortex constructed a first cut prototype based on Jason Hecker's helical directional antenna.

This article contains notes and comments about construction and initial informal tests.

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war floaters

war peddlaz
By chronic, Section News
Posted on Sat Sep 15th, 2001 at 11:50:17 GMT
City of Amsterdam ...

A city of canals, bicycles, and wireless networks ...

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war peddlaz
By vortex, Section News
Posted on Tue Aug 28th, 2001 at 18:33:16 GMT
A critical mass of wireless pedallers war driving on bicycles is growing in East End London and beyond ...

Update [2002-2-11 19:31:38 by vortex]: get on your bike and ride! join the warpeddlaz list.

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