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MAC spoofing is a technique for changing a factory-assigned Media Access Control (MAC) address of a network interface on a networked device. The changing of the assigned MAC address may allow the bypassing of access control lists on servers or routers, either hiding a computer on a network or allowing it to impersonate another network device. A user may wish to legitimately spoof the MAC address of a previous hardware device in order to reacquire connectivity after hardware failure.

In 2011, Aaron Swartz was charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; part of the indictment against him related to his alleged use of MAC spoofing to download articles from JSTOR using the MIT network.[1]

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