An absurd message.
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.
This utter crap is being distributed through schools from the 'local authority' so presume @WalsallCouncil today. The level of disinformation is staggering. I'd be proud to find my kids learning to use any of these. Except Discord but that's nothing to do with hacking. pic.twitter.com/9dvrmoPpOp
– GarethIllmann-Walker (@G_IW) February 12, 2020
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.
Have to admit it's sort of nice they give kids a roadmap on where to get started. We all know the easiest way to get a kid to do something is to tell them they can’t or should not, then they list specific item not to do. To bad they did not link to https://t.co/PsPfjHrXcr
– Kali Linux (@kalilinux) February 12, 2020
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.
Thanks Troy, but the NCA was not involved in the production or release of this poster.
There are many tools which tech-savvy children use, some of which can be used for both legal & illegal purposes, so it is vital that parents & children know how these tools can be used safely
– National Crime Agency (NCA) (@NCA_UK) February 13, 2020
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: