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  1. When I click on the members currently viewing the board to see where folks are, it shows mw some other odd-ball time. All of the other times that I see on my board are correct.


    Any sugestions?


    Thanks in advance.

  2. You have to change the username and password on the Windows 98 PC to the ExACt SaMe as what you use to log on to the XP machine.


    You have to setup a user with sharing rights on the XP machine to MaTcH that of the Win 98 machine.

    Either way, you will have to restart the Win 98 Machine


    It has to do with user rights, and the answer is in the micoroshaft Tech-Net KB (just can't recall where)



    Now that I think about it, I think I missed something...

    You need to have both machines on either the same workgroup or domain (workgroup is simpler and easier)


    Here's some good reading:


  3. I agree with you all that is can be a touchy situation when you walk into a meeting that has everyone from the machine techs to the CIO and you layout where and what you were able to get in to and how you did it. However, by the end of the meeting it does make you feel a little better when you have made it out that you were not there to get anyone in to any trouble, but were there to help.

    I have not personally seen where the ramifications of my actions have caused the loss of a job. It very could have happened a few times (some admins get very nervous/reactive when confronted with this information), and in some case probably should have. One of the things I make a point of doing when I go in to these meetings is to lay it out in laymen's tems so it does not paint the picture of ineffective people at the controls, but that there are always ways to improve a system.


    Typically, it turns out that I am able to make new friends that will email me later and discuss other intrusion attempts they have seen now that they know what to look for. they develop a new respect for the "other side" and that respect makes them more cautious. It is also a great way to get money out of the execs to improve security measures, especially when the admins can prove where they requested something but were never given funds to do/buy it.


    There have been systems that I and a few friends have not been able to get in to. We are always logging everything and taking screen caps and such. This type of failed attempt typically will show up in the admins logs and they will be investigating it already (maybe even letting the person who hired me know of the attempts). This is how I prove that I was trying and the system was well protected.


    I agree, the term Ethical Hacking can rub the wrong way, but that is what it is. Security Consultant is a title given so as not to offend anyone. ;)


    Just an FYI... I don't do it "for fun" on anyone, so you can all relax.

  4. And that is why I do it for companies and other organizations on a contract basis.

    I agree with you that intrusions without that approval is not right.

    It is kinda funny sometimes, though. Typically it will be a CIO or MIS that is hiring you, and they won't tell the net admins. You can almost watch them tracking you if you get discovered in the system. If that happens, though, I consider it a fail on the aspect of being "seen"

    There are times, though, that I have gotten in so easily that I was shocked, and somewhat appalled that they are paying folks to operate their network.

  5. I happen to be a memeber of the League of Ethical Hackers and can honestly say that I ONLY do contract work. A lot of the folks perform hacks on an unknown and then report to the sysadmins (if reachable).

    Have any of you ever heard of this type of activity? What do you think about those that perform the same functions as the teenie boppers that figured out sniffers but do it for good?


    Discuss? Thumbs Up

  6. Thank you very much :)

    I was being playful, but it is hard to hear vocal inflection in written word, huh?

    Must be that dry sense of humor all of us 'puter eeks have (I'm not a geek, but you would say 'eek' if you ever saw me:) )



    Oh yeah, almost forgot I :heart TCH

    Rock Sign

  7. Aw Jeez, why did ya have to go and put pics up of the server farms in the data centers?

    Brought teasrs to my eyes from when I used to do some contract work for AOL and AT&T in data centers out this way. I love 65 degF and 22% Humidity as the CRAC unit is blowing like crazy mixed with the smell of battery racks and the faint hint of diesel fuel in every room outside the actual server room.


    Make me wish for those days again.


    Gotta say, though, that Atlanta site makes me a little nervous. I had better looking racks in the storage room of a building. :goof:


    Thanks for the memories

  8. I also like Arizona this time of year.

    Yeah, almost 70 degrees and sunny is definitely VERY nice.

    I stayed home today just because of the weather... and to work on my Jeep for a magazine run this weekend (Four Wheel and Off Road is going to be taking pics of a run this weekend that I have been invited to... I might make it into the magazine :) )

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