British police warn of children using Linux and Discord


An absurd message.

Do you still remember the famous priest Natanek, who from the pulpit warned the faithful about Harry Potter, gel in his hair, Pokémon and other "evil inventions"? It is followed unexpectedly … by the British police. Admittedly, judicial officers have nothing against the creativity of Mrs. J.K. Rowling, or "pocket creatures", but representatives of the unit to fight organized crime from the West Midlands (WMROCU) see threats from children using Kali Linux, Discord and the Tor Browser web browser, and also consider the programs to be potentially harmful.

The warning issued by WMROCU went to the network thanks to the surname G_IW, who posted it on Twitter. The content of the message is absurd at times. We can read on it that the presence of Kali Linux on a child's computer may mean that the child is a cybercriminal, because this system "is often used for hacking". Why should parents pay attention to Discord? Because it is "platform used to share hacking tips". In addition to the programs mentioned above, the blacklist of potentially dangerous applications also includes software for creating virtual machines, Metasploit and WiFi Pineapple.

The British National Crime Agency encourages all parents who will find any of the programs listed on the child's computer to contact the e-mail address provided in the notice. This appeal is so absurd that it is difficult to comment on it in any way. Of course, it did not go unnoticed in the environment of software developers. The creators of Kali Linux were the first to reply on Twitter.

"I must admit that you give children a pretty good guide on where to start (your hacking adventure – ed.). We all know that the easiest way to get a child to do something is to tell him that he can't or should not do something, and then give specific instructions on what exactly is prohibited "we read.

Interestingly, the controversial poster was also commented on by the National Crime Agency (NCA), whose logo was placed on it. The answer posted – and how – on Twitter, says:

"We were not involved in the production or release of this poster. There are many tools that technology-savvy children use that can be used for both legal and illegal purposes. Therefore, it is very important for parents and children to know how you can safely use these tools "we read.

West Midlands police also defend their posterwho only wanted to turn to potentially dangerous programs.

We are waiting for British police warnings about butter spreading knives (you can stab somebody with them), modeling paints (you can devastate cars with them) and guitars (they have pages that can strangle someone).

You can download some of the "potentially dangerous" applications from our file database.

I also remind you of the famous speech of Father Natanek, to which I referred in the first paragraph: