FBI Arrests Another Cable Modem Hacker [Broadband Reports]
The FBI has arrested another cable modem hacker that was selling modified cable modems to users that enabled them to steal broadband service from their cable provider. Mathew Delorey, who operated a web site called Massmodz, was arrested this week on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy. Delorey's site sold modified cable modems which were marketed in posts on Craigslist. Delorey was caught when he sold two hacked modems to an FBI agent that posed as a customer.
The hacked modems sold by Delorey and others allow users to either steal broadband service by spoofing another legitimate user's cable modem MAC address or provide the user of the hacked modem access to uncapped broadband speeds. In October of last year, the author of a book on cable modem hacking was arrested on charges of conspiracy and aiding and abetting computer intrusion and wire fraud.
Rather than facing the prospect of decades in federal prison like Delorey and other hackers, it's it's a lot easier and cheaper to simply upgrade and pay for your broadband speed legitimately. Network management tools can quickly identify and track hacked modems. The chances of getting caught are high and just not worth the risk.