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It's getting scary out there...

By Maevinn ·
Overzealous campus and state police officers arrested a college student for suspicious behavior.http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/04/boston-college-prompt-commands-are-suspicious

Damn the command line!

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You mean, maybe

by santeewelding In reply to It's getting scary out th ...

When has it not been.

I was barred from entry to an event long ago by armed military because, they said, my press credentials did not add up.

I was carrying an SLR, not the Speed Graphic they identified with my sort.

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Talk about law-enforcement overreach

by robo_dev In reply to It's getting scary out th ...

Wow.

This IT guy is accused of sending a mean email, so the Police accuse him of being a hacker and seize all his stuff.

The search warrant application used the 'computer expertise' of the IT guy as part of the probable cause. And the warrant request alleges that the IT guy used multiple operating systems to hide his illegal activities.

So having IT skills and using Linux is now considered a 'suspicious activity' and sending email is a crime worthy of state police investigation.

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Ah, but you're jumping to conclusions!

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Talk about law-enforcemen ...

He may not have been using Linux.

Users of any OS with a CLI should be suspect, not just Linux users!

Now, please excuse me while I close my account on our VAX.

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ROFL (no text)

by ---TK--- In reply to Ah, but you're jumping to ...
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Sure, he could have been running DOS, but

by seanferd In reply to Ah, but you're jumping to ...

he did have his Ubuntu CD confiscated. :0

Using to different OS to hide his activities. WTF does that even mean?

http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/04/boston-college-prompt-commands-are-suspicious

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Must Be

by The Scummy One In reply to Sure, he could have been ...

that he used the live cd to do his 'criminal' activities with, that way there was no trace left on the system (unless the BALTHOR theory is correct and the BIOS saves everything ever done with the system).

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The evidence should be available in the Government Torrent

by seanferd In reply to Must Be

in that case. :0

And I still want a PC VMS live CD.

What I don't get is how any of the charges map to an actual crime. And all this on the say-so of a roommate. No one would ever have to worry about warrantless searches or wiretapping with this judge - he'll sign off on anything!

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Another episode of "Your Tax Dollars at Work"

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to Talk about law-enforcemen ...

This week's sponsor: Massachusetts. $3 Billion budget deficit or not, our law enforcement works for you!!

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But we all know

by The Scummy One In reply to It's getting scary out th ...

by watching movies that, anyone who uses the command line is a cracker!
Where have you been? :^0


Seriously though, this is just another stupid tactic to try to get more evidence than they can legally get otherwise.
evidence of what you ask? Anything that they can fine or prosecute him for.

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He must be a hacker!

by CharlieSpencer In reply to But we all know

He knows the cheat codes to Super Mario Brothers! He uses a cordless mouse! He doesn't have a girlfriend!

Hey, watch that accountant over there! She's good with numbers! She must be embezzling!

And that house painter! He does a **** of a good job! He must be an art forger!

Since when is being good at your job a sign of criminal intent? Fortunately, being incompetent, I have nothing to worry about.

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