Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 4:41pm

Using Linux considered criminal activity?

Posted by Jordan Erickson

http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/04/boston-college-prompt-commands-are-suspicious –

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports that Boston College Campus Police seized a computer science student’s personal belongings after simply sending an e-mail to a school mailing list. Reports of ‘suspicious’ computer activity involving the CS student using a “black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on” are amongst the accusations that he was involved in criminal activity.

From the article:
“During its March 30th search, police seized (among other things) the computer science major’s computers, storage drives, cell phone, iPod Touch, flash drives, digital camera, and Ubuntu Linux CD. None of these items have been returned. He has been suspended from his job pending the investigation. His personal documents and information are in the hands of the state police who continue to examine it without probable cause, searching for evidence to support unsupportable criminal allegations.”

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