TRUST AND IRC's
By Robert Thorson
Our Sun 690MP recently crashed due to one of our users executing a
piece of code they received from some unidentified person they were
communicating with on an irc. According to our users account,
"I got into a heated argument with a channel operator. Some other
stranger in the channel observed this, offered to send me a script to
freeze the other guy's computer screen. He thought the channel
operator was abusing his power. In the heat of the moment, I stupidly
accepted and ran the script immediately, trusting him implicitly."
Several things jump out at me from this statement:
- It does absolutely no good to argue with a channel operator.
- Why is it that people trust strangers in an irc more than they
trust a stranger on the street? In this case, I suspect the
unidentified user was, at the very least, a friend of the channel
operator, and if I were a betting man, I would lay even odds that it
was the channel operator himself.
- Freezing the other guy's screen, (assuming that is possible) does
not sound like a big deal, but in fact freezing the other guy's screen
means freezing the other guy's machine. Now let's assume that the
other guy's machine is like ours and has 20 students on it that are
minding their own business trying to get their homework done that is
due Monday morning. Put this way, it just does not sound quite so
The result of the above was to make nye unavailable for
use from Saturday morning until the following Monday.
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