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(Computer Science) the practice of marking chalk symbols on walls and pavements at places where local wireless internet connections may be obtained for free via a computer, usually without permission
[C21: from w(ireless) a(cess) r(evolution) + gerund of chalk]
n (Comput, Telec) → Warchalking nt
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The practice of illegally logging on to another person's connection has led to "war chalking
", where people draw symbols on walls or pavements to let others know a wireless connection can be made from there.
(Search the phrase "war chalking
" to learn more.) All access points offer some limited security, but in most cases it is insufficient.
In big cities, like San Francisco and London, there is a phenomenon called war chalking
." Interested folks walk or drive around the city with an antenna made from a Pringles can and software made for sniffing out wireless networks.