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Old 04-14-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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When computer illiteracy makes the literate seem criminal - illegally:

Boston College Campus Police: "Using Prompt Commands" May Be a Sign of Criminal Activity

Thank god we have an EFF helping the alleged "criminal".

   
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Dear God! It would be funny if it were not so serious. Perhaps being good at something is automatically suspicious to an ignorant policeman? These uppity intellectuals are bound to be up to no good...

(Must stop using command-line FTP and telnet before they start breaking down the door. And erase the history of my Run command.)
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And don't send any emails! (Especially not via Pine or Mutt or such.)

No, it's not funny at all - it's sad, scary, and even illegal.

   
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(Must stop using command-line FTP and telnet before they start breaking down the door. And erase the history of my Run command.)
"DROP YOUR KEYBOARD AND COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR!"

   
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That is outrageous. And scary.

And in Boston of all places.

   
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When computer illiteracy makes the literate seem criminal - illegally:

Boston College Campus Police: "Using Prompt Commands" May Be a Sign of Criminal Activity

Thank god we have an EFF helping the alleged "criminal".
I sent the link to a few of the IT people at work. One of them, typically for an analytic personality type, sent the following response:
The article quotes a small part of a statement given by a witness taken out of context. There is a part in the search warrant that identifies the head of IT security at the college traced back the original email sent and the website it quoted to an IP address used by the laptop that the guy owned.


http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/in.../EXHIBIT-A.pdf

   
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The article links to that PDF - so?

An IP address identifies a connection node, at most a computer (another computer could be using that node at a particluar time), not ever a person. And if sending an email stating someone as gay may be nasty - since when is that a crime that warrants seizing all equipment? The quoted "crimes" have nothing to do with that email, either.

   
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