UK Police jails man for using a non-standard internet browser

(RN)   A Londonder made a tsnuami-relief donation using lynx — a text-based browser used by the blind, Unix-users and others — on Sun’s Solaris operating system. The site-operator decided that this “unusual” event in the system log indicated a hack-attempt, and the police broke down the donor’s door and arrested him. From a mailing list:
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 🙁

http://refreshingnews99.blogspot.in/2012/07/uk-police-jails-man-for-using-non.html

One Response to UK Police jails man for using a non-standard internet browser

  • Sucks for the guy. Yeah, I know, this is in bad taste, but it’s too damn tempting NOT to say it.. ahem: "I guess he didn’t see this coming.". This doesn’t bode well for anyone else who prefers and or likes to use non standard browsers. Never heard of Lynx… but then again I’m not a Linux user whatsoever. All Windows here… well Android too as of recently.

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