||The evidence presented at trial established that Harris was the owner of TCNISO, a company that distributed products enabling users to steal Internet service.
From 2003 through 2009, Harris developed and distributed hardware and software tools that allowed his customers to modify their cable modems so that they could disguise themselves as paying subscribers and obtain Internet service without paying.
The products included a â€œpacket sniffer,â€ which Harris dubbed â€œCoax Thief.â€ â€œCoax Thiefâ€ surreptitiously intercepted or â€œsniffedâ€ Internet traffic so that the user obtained the media access control addresses and configuration files of surrounding modems. TCNISO and Harris also offered ongoing customer support, primarily through forums hosted on the TCNISO website, to assist customers in their cable modem hacking activities.
Harris gained $400,000 to $1 million in sales revenue.