Free GoGo Inflight … If You Want to Be a CFAA Test Case

Robert Graham (@ErrataRob) put out a great post yesterday covering how to get free GoGo Inflight web access using any computer or device. The trick takes advantage of a current BlackBerry promotion that offers free Internet to anyone using one of their tablets or phones.

Basically, just get a browser add-on that allows you to change your user agent, set it to the BlackBerry one below, and you’re good to go. Rob used Chrome with “User-Agent Switch” to set his browser’s identifier.

Mozilla/5.0 (BB10; Z10) AppleWebKit/534.55.3 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1.3 Mobile Safari/531.21.10

It’s the “(BB10; Z10)” that GoGo Inflight seems to trigger on. Then just try to navigate to any other web site and you’ll be redirected to a captive portal with several click-through screens that activate your session with no account sign-in necessary.

Of course by accessing this free session you (and GoGo themselves) are breaking their own Terms of Service (ToS). Note the “with no account sign-in necessary” part in the previous paragraph. According to a portion of their ToS below, users accessing the service must use some type of authorized account. Signing in using the free BlackBerry promotion circumvents these terms and thus perhaps breaks the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 (CFAA).

In order to use the Service, you must either
(a) create an account to become a registered User of the Service, or
(b) sign in through an existing account with a Roaming Partner.

Just like Rob … I don’t plan to be the CFAA test case on this matter and am happy to continue paying my inflight fees to the sky Internet overlords. This promotion however is an interesting example on which to contemplate the broadness the CFAA.

Source: “Nobody reads the ToS — not even those who write them” – Errata Security


Do you think taking advantage of BlackBerry’s promotion (whether on a BlackBerry device or not) is against the CFAA? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from See ya!

2 comments for “Free GoGo Inflight … If You Want to Be a CFAA Test Case

  1. May 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    #NOVABLOGGER: Free GoGo Inflight … If You Want to Be a CFAA Test Case

  2. May 13, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Free GoGo Inflight … If You Want to Be a CFAA Test Case

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