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Tuesday December 24, 2002
04:06 PM

Merry Fucking Christmas

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My colocated machine, prometheus, was hacked. I discovered some unusual processes running today. No files gone, so far as I know, but the assholes were running warez. I am so pissed off. I shut it down immediately, and would have attempted to recover, but I need a second drive to put a clean install onto, and I couldn't buy one on Christmas Eve without having to wait in line until Boxing Day.

I was up against a 2pm deadline--that's when my ISP's support staff went home and I could no longer gain access to the machine room. I found out about the hacking at 1pm. Thirty minutes to get to a Friendly Neighbourhood Computer Store who wanted about $40 more for a 30g hard drive than Best Buy wanted for a 60gig. So I drove back to Best Buy where I was ignored by a cashier for ten minutes while he probed the depths of the accounting system for another customer. Finally I passed the time of no return, where I couldn't get the drive to the ISP before they shut.

Driving home, visions of sugar plum fairies did not fill my head. Instead, I was picturing the sight and sound of a baseball bat smashing the kneecaps of the teenage pricks behind it. Have a happy Christmas, Nat!


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  • A friend-of-a-friend once ran naked from his house in the middle of the night, pausing only to grab a baseball bat, and caught the low-life cretin who was stealing his car radio. It's a shame that script kiddies are so much harder to catch.
    • And what did the naked FOAF do with the cretin?

      Can you be intimidating when naked?



      • Can you be intimidating when naked?

        How would you feel when confronted with a naked screaming man armed with a baseball bat?

        He kept the perp cornered until the police arrived. (The police had been a few blocks away, investigating a prior car break-in the perp had done. They found a bunch of radios in the guy's back seat.)

  • So, did they have anything good? Photoshop, Framemaker, NT 9.0, lots of illegal but nice-to-listen-to mp3s? Maybe it is a new game---how popular are you based on how long it takes you to release a CD, have kiddies rip it, hack a site they did not know you owned, and upload the illegally distributed mp3s to it.

    At least now you know where the cheap hard-drives are.

    Always look for the silver lining. :)