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    Exclamation Wardriving for justice? Plea for help!

    Hi guys,
    I had kind of a crazy idea that i thought maybe someone could help me with. My housemates and I had a breakin last night where some thieves stole alot of electronic equipment including our wireless router. We live in Hyde Park, NY and believe the guys who stole our stuff live somewhere in the area, possibly the city of Poughkeepsie. If anyone happens to wardrive anywhere in the area and see a WPA encrypted network called "TheHoose" that's us! We're currently trying to figure out what happened, but the police don't seem to care too much. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

    Thank you.
    TJ

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    well problem is you need a warrant and i dont think you can do something (technically deemed) illegal as proof to obtain one but i may be wrong
    that doesnt mean i wont keep me eye out if i were fully intalled tho good luck it would be sweet justice
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    Is scanning to find networks illegal? I would think it would only be illegal if you connected through them. My laptop picks up 3 different networks just here in my house.
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    thing is the polics and ISPs could easily get together and locate stolen PCs and routers if they wanted to via MAC addresses. it wouldnt take too much effort and would safe a lot of heartache.

    The police just need to issue ISPs with a list of stolen mac addresses which can then be flagged up on ISPs systems.

    We had an office breaking a few years ago and the theives kept going on the internet with one of the laptops as msn kept poping up with the girls logon. The polcie could has so easily gotten the IP off of MSN and then tracked them down but neither msn or the poice were interested. tw@ts!

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    but on another note...if you had a non-standard password then they will ave just reset your router in order to use it so the name will be long gone.

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    my cable modem doesnt report my router's mac address......so i dont see how the police would be able to ever find that....even if comcast told them everything they knew
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    I doubt they will be using the equipment they stole. It will normally get sold very cheap to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey
    thing is the polics and ISPs could easily get together and locate stolen PCs and routers if they wanted to via MAC addresses. it wouldnt take too much effort and would safe a lot of heartache.
    That's actually not possible. Your mac address is dropped at your dsl/cable modem.

    Wundertee, that's a beautiful idea you've got. Unfortunately it depends on them not resetting the router, which is unlikely since they don't have your encryption key. Now, if you can get the wireless mac address, then you're in like Flynn. It just might be printed on the box the router came in. Or depeding on what software you used on your computer to connect to your router, the mac address may still be stored somewhere on your computer.

    Wardriving is NOT illegal in any state that I'm aware of. You're just detecting access points - not using them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by numbers
    That's actually not possible. Your mac address is dropped at your dsl/cable modem.
    I'm going to reword that before anyone jumps on my case. It's not possible with your average modem, though some isp's do supply modems which do relay mac address info to your isp. At any rate, your computers' mac addresses are always dropped at your router if you have one and that's that.

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    Around here, the phone company requires you to register your MAC address with them to access the service. That's why I am on cable

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