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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: 3, Touché) by bzipitidoo on Saturday February 15 2020, @03:50PM (4 children)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 15 2020, @03:50PM (#958524) Journal

    Script kiddies are smart?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @04:47PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @04:47PM (#958538)

    "Smarter." Not smart in the absolute sense, just relatively "smarter."

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:39PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @08:39PM (#958597)

      What if your chikd is smarter than the cops? Who do you call?

      • (Score: 2) by kazzie on Sunday February 16 2020, @07:26AM

        by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 16 2020, @07:26AM (#958724)

        Ghostbusters!

  • (Score: 2) by edIII on Saturday February 15 2020, @09:33PM

    by edIII (791) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 15 2020, @09:33PM (#958606)

    They're certainly better equipped. You don't have to understand how a nuke works to turn the key, lift the trigger guard, and press the fire button.

    For example, as a child I understood nothing about electricity. Oddly enough, that assisted me in blowing out the power for my whole block.

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