A cable modem hacker in Massachusetts is facing up to a 40 year sentence for two charges related to promoting hacked cable modems: one count of conspiracy, and one count of wire fraud.
Hacked cable modems are a growing, inventive new method of theft. With a bit of modification, cable modems can be altered to spoof their MAC address, and the switch causes the cable provider to have a hard time tracing who is sucking bandwidth. Like the theft of cable television, telecom companies are anxious to keep most folks from considering stealing access over paying the monthly charge.
This cable modem hacker -- Matthew Delorey -- no doubt attracted the ire of the authorities after posting 'how to hack' videos on YouTube and other video serving services, showing folks how they could hack the modems. In addition to cable modem hacking videos, under the name of massmodz.com, Matthew Delorey also posted videos on how to hack vending machines, game consoles, and a bunch of other devices. After seeing the videos, two FBI agents bought modems from his website, massmodz.com, and then Mr. Delorey was arrested shortly there after.