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Is there an offence when a neighbour uses your broadband,

Customer Question

Is there an offence when a neighbour uses your broadband, without permission, and creates his
own IP address to use this IP address in his own home
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Hello does he end up using your connection, using your data allowance?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I really don't know
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He certainly uses my connection but I may have unlimited broadband
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Do you have a password ***** your broadband?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there is a password ***** my hub which he must havencopied without my permissio
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

How would he have got that? They are usually quite hard to guess.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There is a card which slots into the back of the hub - all he had to do was take the number from it
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

But wouldn't he have had to be in your house?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
he had access to my home as sometimes he asked to use my photocopier which the hub is immediately beside
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Ok. There isn't a specific offence in using your broadband per se but there are other computer misuse offences.

It isn't hacking if he had your password.

It could potentially amount to a computer misuse offence if he used your password ***** permission although I could not guarantee the interest of the police in the matter. Computer misuse offences are not taken as seriously here as they are in the States.

Can I clarify anything for you?