Article: 7414 of alt.hackers From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Bagnall) Newsgroups: alt.hackers Subject: Hacking Story Date: 18 Feb 1995 19:00:16 GMT Organization: University of Manitoba Lines: 16 Approved: Suck my dick Message-ID: email@example.com NNTP-Posting-Host: dyn2-052.cc.umanitoba.ca X-Newsreader: WinVN 0.92.2 Status: RO
Here is a little story from back in my commodore 64 days. Back then everyone was using EBBS, and the program was available as shareware everywhere. I wanted to get the passwords from everyone on the EBBS's in the city (Winnipeg). I checked out the file that stores everyones passwords and login names from the shareware version, and it was called pass seq or something... I forget. So I wrote a dummy program that said it would optimize EBBS and make it run quicker. Obviously sysops would love this. I said it was written by Ed Parry, and I wrote all this documentation to make it look legitimate, complete with copywrite stuff. The program would REALLY change the uploaded file (in the uploads directory, from which I hoped the sysop would run it) and tack on the passwords, then at a later date I would download it and the passwords. It even encoded the passwords so no one would see. It was compiled too so he couldn't analyse it. Well, I uploaded the thing to several BBS' and did it work? No. I forgot that other sysops used ,8 ,9 ,10 and ,11 drives. Mine only read and wrote from ,8. How stupid can I be. I was so short sighted, but a brilliant plan otherwise, don't you think?