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said by Enlightener:There is nothing at all wrong with hacking a cable modem, it violates nothing that I know of.
I can't belive BBR would steep to such lows. Is this Slashdot?
Theft of service should never be publically condoned.
What process of hacking your property is illegal? Because I don't see any.
What is illegal/violation is hacking it and then using it on a cable network that does not belong to you (eg: an ISP).
As far as the book, there is nothing that would make it illegal... There are books about drugs, murder, etc. That doesn't make it illegal, books are for reading and learning, not for planning out or doing what you see in it.
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#1: AFAIK, in most situations unless you buy a modem retail, you do not OWN the modem. You are renting them from the cableco. So in essence they still own it. So in this case, it WOULD be in violation if you hacked it.
#2: Even if you do own the modem and you hack it, it would still be in violation of something because it is running on the cableco's network. This is comparable to the FCC rules regarding OTA broadcasting. Without a license you can only go so far up the power ladder and inside a specific frequency range. Above that point you need a license for it else its illegal. You may certainly own the broadcasting equipment, but the FCC is in control of the airwaves your equipment operates on.
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Both these points are spurious, really. When you sign up for service you agree not to reverse engineer or otherwise fiddle with the config of the cable modem, whether it be their modem, or yours.
If you do fiddle with it (and they define the word fiddle, not you), and are caught, you are breaking the terms of the contract. Depending on how the company feels, it may also throw in a theft of service charge to elevate it to a crime rather than just a contractual dispute. I'm sure they could also drag in the DMCA if they wanted extra tools to beat you over the head with.
Either way, they hold all the cards here. In most cases they don't have to play even half of them.