'Modem hacker' caught after advertising blitz

Posted by Emma Woollacott

A Connecticut man faces up to 40 years in jail after trying to sell illegally-modified cable modems to the FBI.

Matthew Delorey, 26, is charged with conspiracy and wire fraud.

He ran a website called Massmodz.com - it's gone now - which sold modems hacked to allow free internet access. They'd been modified to spoof the Media Access Control (MAC) address, allowing Comcast customers to sneak onto the internet for free.

Delorey got caught after trying to sell two of the devices to an FBI agent.

This Massmodz video, posted on the internet and showing how it's done, may not help his case terribly much. It's titled MassModz.com Cable Modem Hack Cable Modem Mod.

Indeed, Delorey was far from discreet about his activities. He advertised in Craigslist and posted several YouTube videos with titles such as Massmodz.com How to Get Free Internet Free Cable Internet Comcast or any Cable ISP—100% works.

On the Metacafe video site, his company profile reads: "We specialize in Modifying Cable Modem so that people can obtain free uncapped internet. We also deal with TV hacking as well as other neat stuff, check us out!"

He adds: "Legal is in the eye of the beholder." It isn't, mate.