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Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Hardware |

Man selling unlocked modems is sentenced to 3 years in prison in the U.S.

Man selling unlocked modems is sentenced to 3 years in prison in the U.S.

(Cc) Lord Biro

Ryan Harris is a “hacker” who used to sell modems (the box that your ISP installed in your house that gets her cable internet) unlocked, ie allowing users to get free internet, or While traffic to bypass the limits imposed by the ISP. A allows rooteado thus bypass the filters imposed by the companies of either content or speed.

Now, authorities sentenced him to on the grounds that his work contributed to a fraud for $1 million to companies. According to prosecutor Mona Sedky, Harris (28) was motivated by greed and “acted with malice conscious and absolute” to “punish” companies.

Harris sold modems for $100 through his company, called TCNiSO, also providing tools and information to help users to modify their own modems. He also published a book about it called “Hacking the Cable Modem: What Cable companies do not want you to know.”

One product was a packet sniffer to intercept traffic from other networks to get the MAC address and configuration files neighbors modems allowing internet hang another.

Prosecutors said their business was specifically to help users to trick the company and get free internet. Harris however, argued that rooteados modems were legal, and that he should not be held responsible for what users were doing with them. The defense however, did not work.

Link: Hardware Hacker Sentenced to 3 years in prison for selling cable modems rooted (Wired)

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