Good Samaritan Arrested for Using Non-Standard Browser

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From Across the Pond, courtesy of Chris Hunter over at Spamfo:

An article reports how a user who made a tsunami relief donation using lynx on Solaris was arrested due to the event being ‘unusual’ with the site operator deeming this a potential hack attempt.


“For donating to a Tsunami appeal using Lynx on Solaris 10. BT [British Telecom] who run the donation management system misread an access log and saw hmm thats a non standard browser not identifying it’s type and it’s doing strange things. Trace that IP. Arrest that hacker.

Armed police, a van, a police cell and national news later the police have gone in SWAT styley and arrested someone having their lunch.   Out on bail till next week and preparing to make a lot of very bad PR for BT and the Police …. ” [ cite to BoingBoing.net article ]

We will reserve from making any major judgement at present as there isn’t any other official releases as yet, but as the article suggests this seems like a total cock-up for the sysadmin responsible for deeming this a hack attempt.

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