Mark: Just to satisfy my own curiosity about whether my own ethics/morals are "normal" ...
Thumbs up or down if you think the blogger acted illegally or not.
Blogger has admitted that he specifically went looking for files he was not intended to have.
He claims he did so in a manner which required him to "break in" by mapping a drive (ok wasn't hard but the average joe isn't going to know).
He opened files he found, and he took files home (physically or over the internet, doesn't matter).
He has also admitted that he knew when he did so that these files were of a private confidential nature and that they were not intended for him.
He has also admitted that he did not stop at the first instance but continued on, apparantly looking at thousands of files.
So yes, I believe he has acted in at least some ways illegally.