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Best penalty for convicted hackers
Public hanging 15%
The electric chair 0%
Lethal injection 0%
Crucifixion 30%
Let the victims "hack" at them with knives and pointy sticks 30%
Life sentence including a daily anal raping 23%

Votes: 13

 The new hacker threat

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Apr 12, 2002
The official news agency of the Canadian Government has put up a new bulliten warning us of a new threat by hackers. This time they are infecting our Internet Cafés.
"Maffin says there are ways to get at someone's files. At one Internet Cafe in Vancouver, he was able to find resumés and photos -- personal information that a thief could use. "
The full article is here.

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"If you have sensitive stuff, be careful where and how you use it," cautions Maffin."
I can't believe how difficult these hackers make our lives. First we can't be safe on our own computers at home, now we can't trust Internet Cafés. What's next, we have to be careful on work computers?


Oh SHIT run for your lives!!!! (none / 0) (#1)
by PotatoError on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 09:32:03 AM PST
How many decades did it take them to come up with that brainwave?

Everyone should know by now that if you dont own a computer it should be treated as locally insecure.

For a start you dont know what software the owners have installed that may be logging what you do, watching what you do or even sending them copies of files which you delete.

This could be an internet cafe OR your workplace. At work you have to worry less about hackers than your own boss.

In an internet cafe the risk is even higher - because so many anonymous users use each computer you cant be sure that one of them was malicious.
Perhaps one of them found a way round the internet cafe's (often poor) security and planted a trojan on it to gather such sensitive information as is in the article. Its an extreme risk.

My advice is to NEVER do anything personally confidential on ANY machine unless it is your own and you are reasonably sure it is clean.

Dumbass. (none / 0) (#2)
by tkatchev on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 10:46:45 AM PST
Look, you don't have to prove your identity to use an internet cafe, so who cares if they are logging your actions?

Unlike your home computer, which the FBI could simply seize with a search warrant.

Peace and much love...

why do you say that? (none / 0) (#3)
by PotatoError on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 11:09:34 AM PST
They dont need your identity. For example, if you were to use this site in an internet cafe and some shit has put a key logger on that computer then they have your adequacy login and password right?

Same goes for your mail account - and maybe, just maybe the malicious person will log in to your mail account later and maybe they will find personal information - such as your address, your real name, details of contacts you know, confidential messages, passwords to sites you visit or even credit card details. Even emails telling a friend where to meet and at what time. The good stuff links you to the real world which isnt a good thing to do online. The other stuff simply links to further avenues of exploration - for example if they found your password to a site in your inbox they could login to that site and maybe check the account information you have submitted there.

I dont know what you leave in your inbox or do at internet cafes - my original post wasnt directed at you - but I know that some people leave all sorts of confidential information in their email account and that was who the post was aimed at.

The FBI could seize my computer but Fortunately I have encrypted all the stuff I wouldnt want them to read. If they demanded the key to decrypt it then I would say I forgot it. Ive made the files look very old so that this is more believable. Who knows, by the time they do knock down my door in 5 years I might seriously have forgotten it.


Oh, you mean *that*. (none / 0) (#4)
by tkatchev on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 12:00:09 PM PST
I thought you meant haxorz doing committing illicit acts, e.g. kids DoSing websites and such.

My bad.

Peace and much love...

Good plan (none / 0) (#5)
by Hansard on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 03:49:08 PM PST
Except now you've told everybody. You'd better hope the editors of this site don't tell the proper authorities about your nefarious scheme, along with all of your personal information and such.

shit d00d! (none / 0) (#7)
by PotatoError on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 04:02:24 PM PST
to only have the same intelligence as yourself *sigh*

It's okay (none / 0) (#8)
by Hansard on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 04:38:43 PM PST
Be happy with yourself and who you are. Next time you'll know not to try and outsmart our law enforcement agencies.

And look on the bright side. You can probably sign up for an educational program while in prison. Perhaps someone will teach you about things like punctuation and sentences. That would be something, wouldn't it?

yea (none / 0) (#10)
by PotatoError on Sat Apr 13th, 2002 at 03:23:39 PM PST
its true :(

If... (none / 0) (#9)
by The Mad Scientist on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 04:54:14 PM PST
...he keeps a trojan, ie. SubSeven, installed on his machine, and carefully erases all the trails, he can claim his machine was hijacked. It's extremely easy to falsify data, when you know what you are doing.

Better thing than encryption is steganography. There can be more reasons to keep a large porn collection than just a personal enjoyment.

Keyword: Deniability.

I have your info now (none / 0) (#6)
by Narcissus on Fri Apr 12th, 2002 at 04:01:20 PM PST
Because of your diary post here at Adequacy I have now accumulated enough information to steal your identity.
If you were a little more cautious with your ranting then you'd have seen this coming.

Ok, who picked the flower???


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