So, did you guys hear about the arrest of a 20 year old DePaul University student, Thomas Osadzinski in Chicago yesterday? It was all over the tech news circuit. Apparently, the dude is an Islamic nutbag who was into Python scripting to automate fetching videos from the social media handles of ISIS, saving and sharing them on other platforms. In addition, he was also developing a minimal Linux distro based on Gentoo for ISIS. His intention was to make it fast, lean and solely focused on the social media aspect of their operations. He wanted to remove a lot of packages and programs and according to him that would make his OS difficult to hack and take control of. All well and good goofball, but you did the age old mistake of talking to an undercover FBI agent, I am guessing in the dark or deep web. Not one, but to two agents, divulging his Gentoo fork plans. As he found out later, it was certainly not easy to fork Gentoo the way he wanted and FBI busted his sorry ass and as a result, will spend the next 20 years in the slammer.
Normally, I am no fan of convicting hackers who just did something stupid due to their curiosity. Remember Iceman? Poor dude is staring at a longer sentence due to his recent exploits. To this day, I wonder what would have been the case if he had never been convicted after his very first hack. But this case is different. Dude’s obviously a Muslim convert and based on some of his social media posts, was a big time ISIS fanboy. So, the punishment is kinda deserved. Still, the nerve of forking Gentoo? That alone deserves 5 years rigorous imprisonment. LOL! Instead of Larry the cow, it would be Lathif the camel.