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11:38 am on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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1:32 pm on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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OK, he was using Lynx on Solaris, which is certainly an unusual combination. However, just because he was using Lynx doesn't mean that he was arrested for that fact: the unusual user agent string just highlighted the fact that he was (to use the article's words) "doing strange things" (ie. possibly hacking into the site).

I'm sure the justice system will take its course and we'll get a fuller story later which will probably be more accurate.

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I thought most posters in here reckoned that people should be jailed for using IE.
5:15 pm on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If nothing else, this story points out the need to accurately interpret your access_log files.

Seems to me they could have done some searching of the UA string and been, shall we say, possibly more enlightened...rather than what appears to have been a knee-jerk reaction. That is, the assumption that irregularities equate to a hack.

Tsk, tsk, tsk...

5:23 pm on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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.

This doesn't mean that he was actually attempting to hack the tsunami-relief web site. It means that an operator thought that using Lynx was indicative of criminal intent. It's a case of ignorance leading to paranoia. Whatever you do, don't be different, or the thought police will get you.

BTW, IE users should not be arrested if they're using it in preference to NN4 :)

7:36 pm on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well, NN4 users obviously need to be remanded into therapeutic custody to begin with. IE users just need a little remedial training, in comparison.
8:13 pm on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That sounds like fun. I'm beginning to be sorry I already moved to FireFox.
 

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