Michael Clapsis charged with allegedly using fake free Wi-Fi to collect personal data

·

A West Australian man, Michael Clapsis, has been charged with allegedly setting up fake free Wi-Fi networks to collect personal data from innocent users at multiple airports and on flights.

The 42-year-old from Palmyra appeared before Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, June 28 facing nine alleged cyber crime offences.

It’s alleged the father-of-three used a portable wireless access device to create free Wi-Fi networks to lure unsuspecting users into believing they were real.

When people tried to connect their devices, they were allegedly taken to a fake webpage asking them to sign in using their email or social media logins. Those harvested details could allegedly be used to access more personal information including photos and bank details.

Michael Clapsis charged with allegedly using fake free Wi-Fi to collect personal data
Michael Clapsis (left) appeared before Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, June 28.

Mr Clapsis was charged in May 2024 after an airline reported that a suspicious Wi-Fi network was identified by its employees during a domestic flight.

He was granted bail on strict conditions, including restricting online activities.

When Mr Clapsis appeared before the Magistrates Court on June 28, he wasn’t required to enter a plea and will next face court in August.

Source: Nine News.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Newcastle Jets agree transfer fee for Stamatelopoulos to European Club

The Newcastle Jets has confirmed the departure of striker Apostolos Stamatelopoulos to a European Club for an undisclosed fee.

Greek Storytime brings families together in Victoria’s Northcote

Kat Theophanous, joined PRONIA at Northcote Library for the launch of a new Greek Family Storytime program. 

Sydney Olympic win puts Rockdale Ilinden’s premiership hopes on ice

It took a 95th minute winner from Sydney Olympic’s Teng Kuol that sunk the hearts of Rockdale Ilinden in their gusty 2-1 victory.

Greek Community of Melbourne members vote against Constitution changes

Members voted against changes to the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Constitutio changes during the Special General Meeting on Sunday.

Melbourne tech guru Mike Sentonas at centre of global IT outage

Melbourne man Mike Sentonas found himself caught in the middle of a global tech outage that sent chaos rippling around the world.

You May Also Like

6th Annual Breakfast for Brain Cancer in Sydney: A morning of hope and progress

The White Pearl Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Breakfast for Brain Cancer in Sydney in support of The Brain Cancer Group.

Victoria’s Pantrifilian Association hosts annual Mother’s Day Dinner Dance

On Saturday 15th of May, the Pantrifilian Association of Melbourne and Victoria hosted the annual Mother’s Day Dinner Dance.

Zoe Ventoura opens up on motherhood and fame

In her discussion with Stellar’s podcast "Something To Talk About," Ventoura revealed her protective stance on her private life.