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

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, Informative) by Booga1 on Saturday February 15 2020, @07:04PM (1 child)

    by Booga1 (6333) on Saturday February 15 2020, @07:04PM (#958580)

    You're looking at this from the wrong angle. They aren't worried about the kids using insecure software. They're worried that the kids are the hackers.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by maxwell demon on Sunday February 16 2020, @07:49AM

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Sunday February 16 2020, @07:49AM (#958730) Journal

    Since the hackers usually attack Windows machines, and attacking a machine requires to have knowledge about them, the best way to prevent your kid from becoming a hacker is to keep any information aboput Windows awayfrom them. Best, don't even tell them that Windows exist, make them believe that all the world runs on Linux. This may mean that you have to run Linux yourself as well, or else your kids may see you running Windows and become curious. If you think that is inconvenient, remember that it is about the future of your children. Isn't preventing them from becoming criminals worth a bit of inconvenience?

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