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How is this a crime (in _all_ jurisdictions)? The CFAA is US-only, and few other jurisdictions have as loose terms (or history of abuse) as the CFAA, when it comes to "hacking".

It's straight up unauthorized access to a computer system. They tell you they don't allow it and you have to pay for it, the author clearly knew that, and evaded the protections. Cite me a legal environment where that is not a crime.

Which computer system does this access that the user was unauthorized to access? The user's home server?!

The made-for-DRM CFAA that might classify fooling a flimsy filter as "unauthorized access to a computer system" is very much US-specific. Over here on the other side of the world, I'm thankful I'm not subject to such legislation or judicial system, but to one which still has a sensible definition of "hacking".

Sigh. Routers are computers too.

Sigh. There's no _unauthorized access_ of a router here; neither the wireless network nor the router login were cracked.

See the discussion on the CFAA act elsewhere.

At the very least it would be theft of services, although this is typically a state thing, so I'm not sure how jurisdiction would work up in the air.

> theft of services

If you have a contract, is this really a crime in the US? That's a civil matter!

But that's the point, you partook of some service without entering into any agreement that you were allowed to do so.

Merely breaking a contract is not a crime. Obtaining services through fraud is.

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