[linux-elitists] You're either with the Internet Explorer or you're with the terrorists...

Mike MacCana mmaccana@redhat.com
Thu Jan 27 05:07:03 PST 2005

       From www.boingboing.net...

      Jailed for using a nonstandard browser

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

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

    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 :(

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