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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Busted For Selling Hacked Cable Modems

How anyone could have thought this was a good idea is beyond me. We’ve all seen the hacked modem sites for years but, as amazing as this may seem, this guy has the honor of being the first person to face federal charges for it.

Thomas Swingler was charged Thursday in federal court in New York with trafficking in unlawful access devices for his online business cablehack.net. The site, still in operation, sells "pre-modded" Motorola Surfboard modems for between $38 and $58 that can be customized by the owner without a cable company's knowledge. Among other things, the user can set their own upload and download rates, and change the MAC address.

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