[hcs-d] Having Linux is now a CRIME

Randy Cole randyokc at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 01:09:20 EDT 2009

Very interesting.  Looks like they got him cold on sending out the
alleged email prank.  But Harvey Silverglate says that isn't necessarily
a crime.  The thing referred two Mass laws he allegedly broke - did he
break those laws?

There is no evidence that he used his cell phone to hack computers.  And
the ipod should only have been included if the warrant included illegal

Ubuntu isn't a common OS at BC?  I didn't realize the network recorded
what OS I was using.  I guess it is recording whatever the browser says
he is using?

Evil dual-booting with white-on-black text mode!!  Jailbreaking cell
phones (talk about a loaded phrase).  That's perfectly legal.

Redacted's computer doesn't work, and two experts can't tell why.  That
isn't evidence of hacking.

Why did he have an email address from a state of FL domain?

This reminds me of the time the police searched a programmer I know's
house and found "over 100 floppy disks".

It is a very interesting search warrant affidavit, I bet it took a long
time to create that document.  Thanks Brad/EFF for the info!


Brad Seiler wrote:
> I have no knowledge about what the guy did or didn't do, but the
> information in the affidavit is just absurd, and it should frighten
> all of us that a judge would accept arguments like that as probable
> cause for a warrant.
> -- Brad
> On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 9:36 PM, Andy Brody <abrody at hcs.harvard.edu> wrote:
>> As usual, matters are a little bit more complicated than the EFF suggests.
>> The more serious alleged offense is changing grades in the BC grading
>> system.
>> http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2009/04/15/bc_senior_fights_seizure_of_his_computer/
>> Brad Seiler wrote:
>>> http://www.eff.org/cases/re-matter-search-warrant-boston-college
>>> -- Brad
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