Judge Rejects Seizure Of Student's Computer Over Suspicious Activity... Such As Using A Command Line
from the good-news dept
Back in April, we wrote about how a student at Boston College had his computer seized for supposedly sending a hoax email. The evidence used to allow the seizure was incredibly questionable, including (among a few other things) the fact that the student in question: "uses two different operating systems to hide his illegal activities. One is the regular B.C. operating system and the other is a black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on." Yes, that damn command line prompt is a sign of suspicious activities. Luckily, a judge has now ruled the search and the seizure illegal, noting that there didn't seem to be any clear violation of the law, and that the reasons behind allowing the search did not establish probable cause. So, feel free to go back to using an operating system via a command line prompt in Massachussetts again. Apparently, you're no longer an automatic suspect for hacking.