Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Awoke to find that Adrian Lamo has been released pending trial (SecurityFocus News), but ordered to find a job/full-time education, and not use computers. I'm not sure how long it'll take for him to go to trial.

"The 22-year-old was without the backpack that he usually carries, containing a change of clothes and the laptop computer with which he's hacked some of America's largest corporations. 'What backpack?,' he quipped. 'I lost it. It fell off a bridge.'"

Wow, this guy still has a sense of humour :) I can't stand the way he's being treated. It seems he chose to live like he did, and now he's being forced to embrace the system. I can imagine some cartoon in a hacker paper with the American law courts portrayed as some overshadowing puppeteer hammering strings into a Lamo doll's limbs. But maybe I've been watching too much (or not enough) Pinnochio.

The judge's attitude is typical too (from whatever you can surmise from a one-liner):

"This whole business of computer hacking, viruses and so forth is getting very wearisome," said Hollows, explaining his thinking from the bench."

Yeah, you could say the same thing for a lot of stuff. Have we stopped crime yet? That's getting quite tedious. Poverty? Nup. Ah well, viruses and cracking are new pests, let's put the whitehats in with the blackhats and just wait for it all to go away.

*sigh* Nice start. Morning, world.

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