A hacker once labeled by the federal government as “the most wanted computer criminal in U.S. history” has won a long fight to renew his ham radio license, and next month may resume surfing the Internet.
Mr. Mitnick was freed in January 2000. [H]is probation…expires on Jan. 20.
Christopher Painter, deputy chief of the Justice Department’s computer crime section and the former assistant United States attorney who prosecuted Mr. Mitnick, said that once Mr. Mitnick’s probation is over, he will not be subject to any special surveillance
OK, I know that it is standard for people completing probation not to be subject to any surveillance. They completed their sentence and have all the rights and privileges of normal citizens except voting and owning firearms.
What I do not understand is the link seen by the FCC and evidently the New York Times between the internet and ham radio. What is the connection?