Is wardriving illegal?

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    The last post I have seen on this was in 2004.
    Using Wardriving for just collecting BSSID, network capabilities, the frequency, but not accessing the network. Then using this information to map the networks.

    Is this now considered illegal?
     
  2. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    I don't think so. BSSIDs are public information, I don't see why collecting them would be illegal. The intent beside it could be, in which case the act itself could be illegal though.
     
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Honestly I think it depends on the area. I remember seeing articles where some states were classifying it as illegal.

    For the purposes you listed, I'm not so sure but I know accessing unprotected wifi can be considered illegal.
     
  4. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    Doubt it is, doesn't the iPod Touch use maps of wifi networks to figure out where you are instead of using a GPS?
     
  5. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Yep. Check out this story from 2007 about a guy getting arrested for using a coffee shop's WiFi from his car. The article also references a couple of other cases.
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    FWIW, you might find reading the "Looking for WiFi" and "Out of the trucks, into the cloud" paragraphs of the article below of some interest.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/159528/2011/04/how_iphone_location_works.html
     
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    But that is using ssid that are being broadcasted not the blind ones.
     
  8. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just to clarify I mean just mapping the networks, not using them.

    Example:

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  9. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    I think you need to specify where specifically. What may be illegal in Saskatchewan may be legal in North Dakota.

    Also, your best bet is to contact an electronic rights advocacy group in SK. You might try the privacy commissioner as well. But I suspect that even if you get a correct answer from this thread, you won't recognize it because there will be 3x as many wrong ones.

    Besides - you're in University... aren't you supposed to be learning about how to research stuff and things?
     
  10. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    He's learning something much more important in the business World.

    How to delegate. :p
     
  11. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Second lesson: How to delegate to people who won't make you look stupid .... :)
     
  12. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Third lesson: not giving a **** about what the underlings think!;)
     
  13. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    Where can you look up these maps? I'd be curious what my neighborhood looks like, or if I'm on it.
     
  14. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You drive around with your own gps/computer and log the information yourself. Or you can use your smartphone.
     
  15. Melrose Suspended

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    Grab yourself KisMac, a laptop, and a car. Cruise through anywhere and you'ld be surprised what you can turn up. I have free Wifi on one side of my house because of the neighbours. I almost thing if I rearranged my home office I wouldn't have to pay for highspeed internet at all.

    The iPhone - or at least iOS 5 devices - don't allow scanning anymore. But, in Ye Olden Dayes one could download an app through Cydia or something and have lots of fun gathering info. Well, lots of fun if you're a geek.

    :)
     
  16. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I'm sure it depends on the jurisdiction, but in general it is legal to track wireless networks as long as you don't connect to them. As soon as you connect to them, it can be considered an illegal act.
     
  17. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Sounds reasonable. You can sin in your heart, but otherwise, look-out.
     
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    This is the business model for companies like SkyHook
     

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