The teenager also faces a possible fine of up to 10,000 Singapore dollars ($6,425) if convicted despite the lack of aggravating factors to his alleged crimes. There's no suggestion he did any mischief beyond allegedly freeloading his neighbour's net connection without permission.
Despite the fact that just about every single home and office wireless access point and wifi-equipped router comes by default with an unencrypted, insecure configuration, most of the attention is being focused on those who are exposing and abusing these networks rather than those setting them up. Just about any Windows or Mac machine equipped with a wireless card will actively look for and connect to wireless networks, making many blissfully unaware that they've even done anything, let alone something wrong. While that's certainly no excuse for blatantly stealing services from someone, the manufacturers of these devices aren't helping any by producing such easily-expoitable default systems. Perhaps it has been made too easy to use?