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Ethical Issues As described above, war-chalking is a method or service to assist people in finding something, an Internet connection.
When looking at ethical issues, three main questions come to mind: -Is it theft? -Is it harmful? -Is it stoppable?
Is it theft? According to webster.com theft is defined as: felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive rightful owner of it.
While war-chalking and war-driving activities identify and mark wireless networks, they are not removing or depriving owner of his/her wireless connectivity.
Is it harmful? I don't believe its harmful, you aren't possibly harming anything by war-chalking. War-chalking is only a process of identifying networks. It would be like going around a neighborhood and somehow making marks on public property identifying if a house has a deadbolt installed or not.
Is it stoppable? Owners of wireless networks can modify their equipment so war-drivers cannot find their wireless networks.
Conclusion War-driving and war-chalking are new activities that technology advanced people are doing for a hobby. While no laws are in place to make war-chalking illegal, maybe someday there will be.
1.http://www.warchalking.com 2.http://www.wardriving.info 3.http://www.webster.com
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