Friday, January 28, 2005

Use Lynx, go to jail

Lynx screenshot

Boingboing has an article on how someone was sent to jail after using Lynx & Solaris to make a donation for tsunami victims online. Excerpt:

For donating to a Tsunami appeal using Lynx on Solaris 10. BT [British Telecom] who run the donation management system misread an access log and saw hmm thats a non standard browser not identifying it's type and it's doing strange things. Trace that IP. Arrest that hacker.

Armed police, a van, a police cell and national news later the police have gone in SWAT styley and arrested someone having their lunch.

Out on bail till next week and preparing to make a lot of very bad PR for BT and the Police....

So just goes to show if you use anything other than Firefox or IE and you rely on someone else to interogate access logs or IDS logs you too could be sitting in a paper suit in a cell :(

I'm really suprised at the stupidity of the person that interpreted the log. Also how with just one log entry, the police has enough "evidence" to send a team to pick someone up.

Just another example of FUD and corporate supremacy dictating what the powers that be do. There should be an enquiry into this to make sure it doesn't happen again, as I for one don't trust corporations that are this dumb, or police that pick people up with flimsy evidence. For shame.....


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