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How was someone else able to control a library computer?

By birchswinger ·
I broke off a romance with a tech geek who turned out to have unsavory connections. Initially he stalked me solo (I think), but somehow eventually got others to participate. Sounds implausible, but it happened and I have witnesses. QUESTION: During 2006 I repeatedly had this experience: I'd go to the library and begin to use a computer. All would be fine, but after a short time one of these proxy stalkers would show up, plant himself behind me, and start texting. Very quickly I'd lose control and/or access on that computer. I learned to beat the game, sort of, by suddenly running to a random computer, typing in an address I'd copied, and printing immediately. This was the only way to get any information on anything that might help me. A couple of times the thing I was reading disappeared,the screen and text changed color, and I was suddenly reading hostile messages like, "There's nothing for you here. Move along". (This when I'd found an article on rootkits in a journal for librarians.) Generally I don't share this bizarre story with people, because I know they'll be at least skeptical. But this stuff ACTUALLY HAPPENED, and I'd be grateful if you could help me understand HOW. Thanks in advance.

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Let me put it this way so MAYBE some of you will understand...

this forum is an open, online forum. There is ABSOLUTELY no way that "birchswinger" nor anyone else can prove that they are indeed the person they say they are. This person could just as easily be the stalker, and is asking for help in hacking the library computers that their stalking victim is now using. That's why we, as members of Tech Republic, have decided it is in the best interest of everyone NOT to go into details on
how a system can be compromised.
Downvote me, flag me, whatever. Call me rude, uncaring, non-sympathetic...you don't even know me, it doesn't hurt my feelings. I've been in a situation similar to this, and let me just say that people can pretend to be anything on the internet. That's why we, the members of Tech Republic, have written some of the GPL documents we have, and is
also why the FAQ in all sections should be read and understood prior to posting.
FYI---the "move along, nothing to see hear" is an OLD, very old, sarcastic remark that is made to people that ask the wrong questions in some forums. So perhaps the OP triggered a response from someone they were asking questions of in a forum about how to rootkit the library computer? I'm not saying that's what happened, I don't know...
none of us do. Since the issue occurred in 2006, why ask now, 7 years later?
If the OP was just looking for a recommendation on how to stop someone from stalking, ASK THAT QUESTION, not understand how the library computers were compromised.
Wizard57M
TR Moderator
(edited to try and remove extra line breaks...durned IE)

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by Slayer_ In reply to Let me put it this way so ...

I don't know why but there is a line return after each word on a new line.
Making it very hard to read.

This is a sentence
This
is a sentence


Like that. Is it just me?

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Doesn't surprise me...I'm using IE at the moment!!!

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by Slayer_ In reply to Let me put it this way so ...

Now it's fixed. I am using Chrome (out of necessity). So far I hate it.

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Aieeee! Death from above!!!

by Charles Bundy In reply to How was someone else able ...

Why are folks swinging at each other? Let's look at what we know of 'birchswinger'

Gender: unknown
Location: unknown
Age: unknown
Solution: unlikely as this happened 7 years ago
Time on TechRepublic: Three days

If one simply types in the title question to Google, they are given numerous links related to remote control. Question answered. So why are you folks beating this to death? Sounds like the OP truly is a 'swinger of birches'.

Heed W.O.P.R.'s wisdom - The only winning move is not to play :)

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Isn't finding stuff by way of search engines fun...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_PkqW44mhU

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Note---I'm not saying this is the same person, I just find the parallels interesting...

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by Slayer_ In reply to Aieeee! Death from above! ...

I like to google myself.

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by OH Smeg In reply to Aieeee! Death from above! ...

Slayer you need to remember never to Google Google or you'll break the Internet.

That's Very Important to Remember.

Col

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Tell your friendly local librarian

by JohnStanton In reply to How was someone else able ...

I'm an academic librarian. If anyone in a library (or elsewhere for that matter) think they are being stalked, notify someone immediately. Tell the librarian or other staff member you don't feel safe and need help.

Stalking on college campuses is far too common and assaults on college students happen too frequently. You have a right to feel safe, especially in a library. Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself and ask for help.

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