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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: 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

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  • (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.