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By acracker ·
Ok so the other day I was browsing through shared folders on my university's network looking for music when I came to a shared .pdf document on someone's computer that showed all their personal information (Name, DOB, Social Security Number, residence ect...) I don't have any kind of superuser access to the network so this document is availiable to anyone to see and access. How do I tell this person that they are sharing files they shouldn't be? I don't want them to think that I hacked into their computer because I didn't and I would never exploit someone's personal information.
Thanks for any ideas,
Ac

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That's OK, NB

by NickNielsen In reply to Geez louise Nick

I didn't know it either until this sub-thread! :^0

You good now ok?

Hooray Beer!

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Scrimshaw

by OnTheRopes In reply to That's OK, NB

Pilsner

Brewed in Mendocino County California

A solid 17/20. B-)

Hoorahhh!


Edit: Have you ever noticed how HTML and beer make for interesting posts?

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context-college dorm

by marileev In reply to Better plan

Thanks NickNielsen. We have to remember the context of the situation. This could be information from a college freshman & it's their first time using a network.

But even an 18 or 19 year old should understand that people can be unscrupulous and their ignorance can cause them years of headaches down the road when they have to deal with their bad credit because of this exposed data http://www.essentialsecurity.com/news.htm?id=44

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er.... Guys? Are we being had here?

by Kiltie In reply to Person in dorm hall displ ...

Forgive me Lord, for I am a cynic....<br><br>

a<b><u>cracker</u></b> said<br><br>

<i>"How do I tell this person that they are sharing files they shouldn't be? I don't want them to think that I <b>hacked</b> into their computer because <u>I didn't</u> and I would <u>never exploit someone's personal information.</u>"</i><br><br><br>

His profile says<br><br>

<i>acracker <br>
Job role: Student <br>
Location: East Lansing, MI <br>
Member since: August 2006 <br>
I have no professional experience. Everything I know about computers I taught myself. I fix computers for my friends/family and I will be learning how to program soon.</i><br><br>

and he posted in the thread What's So Good About Linux"<br><br>

http://tinyurl.com/o2q8j
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<i><b>I'm not 10 but... (184 of 200)</b><br>
Could you teach me to <b><u>write a virus to kill an entire windows network?</u></b> My friends have lan parties and I'd like to play a little prank on them. Oh yeah, this is kinda off topic, but how do you get a picture for your icon?</i><br><br>

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Maybe I do him an injustice, but with a member ID like that, combined with what he is posting I smell a Troll. <br>If I am wrong, I sincerely apologise, but surely you can see why my thoughts lead this way?<br><br>

EDIT: To add emphasis (I am a bit rusty with HTML) and to point out that it just doesn't add up, why would someone so caring (first part) want to write a virus to kill a network (second part)?<br>
yeah, yeah, I know.....those student days......<br><br>but.....<br><br>

I am still a cynic, it is a healthy attitude to have ;-)

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Dunno

by Tig2 In reply to er.... Guys? Are we being ...

He never asked how to exploit the information, simply asked how to proceed.

From another post, he let the other student know what he found and the student cleared the matter.

I agree that the "kill an entire windows network" thing doesn't look good. The offshoot "how do you get a pic for your icon" must have been answered.

Hard to say. He was appropriately responsive in this thread. He aseked for opinions, received them, reported back what he did about the problem.

I would say that he is guilty of being young.

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Guilty!

by TechExec2 In reply to Dunno

"I would say that he is guilty of being young."

I was convicted of that and sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

P.S. Agree with you about acracker.

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You are probably right

by Kiltie In reply to Dunno

@acracker, if you are reading this

I apologise if I misunderstood you, however maybe you can see why?

Tip: pick a less provocative ID and stop asking about how to write viruses.

All life is a learning experience.

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I'm thinking he is just a relatively inexperienced user yet

by OnTheRopes In reply to er.... Guys? Are we being ...

with some wild oats thrown in.

Unless of course acracker is a female in which case... I don't know. I can't figure out too much of anything when it comes to women. I don't even try to anymore.

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HTML

by TechExec2 In reply to er.... Guys? Are we being ...

Hi Kiltie... (mf)

Just in case you're typing actual HTML here... It's easier to use the TR-specific formatting tags documented here:

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-22_11-5269527.html?tag=search

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thanks TE

by Kiltie In reply to HTML

Ty for the link, seen it before, but it is incomplete and is unclear whether these are beta things, ideas actually implemented, or a wish list. Besides, although it states "the system does not allow HTML tags", some are allowed.
The fact that most of the posts are a year or two old doesn't help, it makes the topic look like something someone had a great idea about, but then forgot all about it

(a really cool feature would be to allow the inclusion of images in posts - be great for screenshots when trying to illustrate problems or answers)


A Question:

Why is it so hard to find anything about TR in TR? It all seems buried, hidden or links don't work.

I asked a question once about a simple profile editing problem, I got an automated reply saying to expect a response in 24 hours..... that was over 2 weeks ago.

maybe once they have finished revamping the site....

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Re my post

I understood that it may have simply been inexperience, or youth, hence my disclaimer, but the clues made me suspicious and I wanted to post about it, as it seemed nobody had noticed the discrepencies.

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I was young once...... but I grew out of it ;-)


EDITE typo spotted

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