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Singapore teen faces jail for 'stealing' neighbour's Wi-Fi

A Singapore teenager charged with hopping onto his neighbour's wireless internet connection faces charges punishable by up the three years' imprisonment.14 Nov 2006

By John Leyden for The Register.

This story has been reproduced with permission.

Garyl Tan Jia Luo, 17, is the first person to face charges under Singapore's Computer Misuse Act, the Straits Times via AP reports.

The teenager also faces a possible fine of up to 10,000 Singapore dollars ($6,425) if convicted despite the lack of aggravating factors to his alleged crimes.

There's no suggestion he did any mischief beyond allegedly freeloading his neighbour's net connection without permission.

After questioning by police, Tan was released on bail pending his next scheduled court appearance, which is due to take place Wednesday (November 15).

© The Register 2006

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