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posted by martyb on Saturday February 15 2020, @12:27PM   Printer-friendly
from the can't-be-too-secure... dept.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/14/silly_police_infosec_parental_advice_poster/

The UK's National Crime Agency has publicly distanced itself from a poster urging parents to call police if their child has installed Kali Linux, Tor or – brace yourself – Discord.

Issued by the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU) via local area councils, the poster in question lists a slack handful of common infosec tools – as well as some that clearly have nothing to do with computer security.

Should your child install Kali Linux, virtual machines (the image on the poster looks like Virtualbox) or internet privacy tool Tor, West Midlands Police wants to know immediately. And if – Heaven forfend – your sprog installs Metasploit to learn how to secure code, uses free chat service for gamers Discord, or gets a Wi-Fi Pineapple for research, you may as well report straight to your nearest prison and abandon your tainted offspring forever.

Here is a link to the poster in question.


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @01:32PM (10 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @01:32PM (#958491)

    Thank God this same organization is in charge of our healthcare. Totally competent and upstanding people, the gov.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by theluggage on Saturday February 15 2020, @02:26PM (7 children)

    by theluggage (1797) on Saturday February 15 2020, @02:26PM (#958504)

    Thank God this same organization is in charge of our healthcare. Totally competent and upstanding people, the gov.

    Nonsense - we should hand all this important stuff over to for-profit insurance companies, because they're so much more altruistic and accountable than the government, and instead of having to pay for it via tax you'll pay for it through "optional" fees (because not getting treatment when you are ill is apparently an option), plus all those hard-to-quantify indirect costs of businesses having to pay healthcare for their employees, increased liability insurance etc. that are all hidden in the cost of living so you don't have to worry your head about them. Except, of course, the insurers will just void or refuse cover at the slightest excuse and offload the non-profitable/can't pay cases on government anyway so you'll still have to pay taxes if you don't like dead bodies on the streets.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @02:27PM (6 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @02:27PM (#958506)

      I don't have insurance or government healthcare. Both are scams.

      • (Score: 5, Touché) by pe1rxq on Saturday February 15 2020, @03:16PM (5 children)

        by pe1rxq (844) on Saturday February 15 2020, @03:16PM (#958519) Homepage

        So your healthcare is handled by an idiot?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:33PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:33PM (#958593)

          Idiots with a large bank account (from saving thousands of dollars each year) getting 50-99% off what you get billed for?

          Or are the idiots the ones that pay organizations they hate and distrust to take care of their health?

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16 2020, @03:37AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16 2020, @03:37AM (#958678)

            Where can I find an amazing cash clinic in Portland?

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by mcgrew on Saturday February 15 2020, @09:54PM (2 children)

          by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Saturday February 15 2020, @09:54PM (#958610) Homepage Journal

          In America yes, health care is handled by idiots too stupid to understand that sometimes capitalism doesn't work. A blind market where nobody knows what's being charged for or why is just retarded.

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          • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @10:12PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @10:12PM (#958612)

            Uh, the government paid for like $1 trillion of healthcare expenses in the US last year. It has nothing to do with capitalism. It is crony corporatism

            • (Score: 3, Interesting) by theluggage on Sunday February 16 2020, @12:49PM

              by theluggage (1797) on Sunday February 16 2020, @12:49PM (#958771)

              In other news, Soviet Russia wasn't true socialism, it was corrupt authoritarianism.

              These are the characteristic failure modes of political idealisms being applied dogmatically rather than pragmatically. That bridge isn't a pile of rubble because it was designed to fall down - there was an implicit flaw in the design.

              Maybe, you know, healthcare needs a dash of socialism and manufacturing industry needs a dash of corporatism... it is the stupid false dichotomies that are the problem. Also the bizarre delusions that large corporations are more trustworthy and efficient than government: you just don't get to see the corporate accounts listing the $20,000 spanners.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by turgid on Saturday February 15 2020, @03:10PM (1 child)

    by turgid (4318) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 15 2020, @03:10PM (#958518) Journal

    Ah. Alt-Wrong reasoning. Bravo, encore!

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:47PM (#958599)

      People who still paying for health insurance at this point are like those paying for AOL and watching cable Tv.

      You do get something, but it is way overpriced.