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    I'm a college yuppie now! sbdi's Avatar
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    well has anyone ever had there site hacked, the settings at the register or just there computer?
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    This is one thing that really interests me.

    Hacking is a general term for trying to extend the capabilites of a data processing unit.

    Cracking is a strange one but its not the same as hacking, cracking is normally illegal.

    So i suppose the tech world needs a new word for forced entry. Hacking is so negative, but it needn't be as hacking can often be legal.
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    My personal definitions:

    cracking - breaking into an account by either guessing or knowing a password etc for malicious purposes

    hacking - gaining access to systems and accounts by more creative means driven by curiousity rather than malicious intent

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    The meaning of hack in my dictionary is

    "to munipulate a computer program skillfully, or gain unauthorised access to a computer systems resources"...

    it is all a big stuff up though cause another dictionary i have says something completely different.
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    I've had several of my sites "hacked". Despite this, I can look back at what happened, at least on one site, and laugh. Sports Central, my current (and first) site was hacked back in Sepetember 1999. You see, I was in the process of moving to here and I had no Internet access for weeks (I don't know how I would of lived if that happened now!). Some wise guy broke into my account and supposidly filled my page with porno and porno links to pay him. I was helpless... but luckily, my long-time Internet friend and current Senior Consultant at my site was able to fix the page as best as possible until I got back. The other one was a similar case, where I was away on vacation and my co-webmaster at that site cleaned up the site by my return. This won't ever happen again...

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    I've been hacked by some Russian hacker. Kind of insulting, but it was only down for a couple of hours. At least he did the honourable thing and left all the other info there, just added his own stuff.

    No biggie!
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    how do you know that the hacked was russian?
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    Originally posted by mjames86
    I've had several of my sites "hacked". Despite this, I can look back at what happened, at least on one site, and laugh. Sports Central, my current (and first) site was hacked back in Sepetember 1999. You see, I was in the process of moving to here and I had no Internet access for weeks (I don't know how I would of lived if that happened now!). Some wise guy broke into my account and supposidly filled my page with porno and porno links to pay him. I was helpless... but luckily, my long-time Internet friend and current Senior Consultant at my site was able to fix the page as best as possible until I got back. The other one was a similar case, where I was away on vacation and my co-webmaster at that site cleaned up the site by my return. This won't ever happen again...
    What kind of co-webmaster ruins your page...??

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    ouch, that is the lowest form of betrayal i can think of
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    On the way to college this morning, I spotted a list of URL's in a magazine, relating to firewall software.

    Should you be worried about intrusion into your computer, the following websites may be of interest to you, with information on how to prevent intrusion, and software to help combat it.

    Useful Websites:

    http://www.zonelabs.com

    http://grc.com/downloaders.htm

    http://www.networkice.com/html/blackice_defender1.html

    http://www.advice.networkice.com/advice/default.htm

    http://www.pgpinternational.com/prod...ault-vpn.shtml

    http://www.wingate.com

    http://www.mcafee.com/myapps/firewall/ov_firewall.asp

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    a firwall/router now costs 40 bucks, i woudl just get that its made by linksys
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    ZoneLabs Zone Alarm is consistantly ranked the best and is the cheapest (free!) http://www.zonelabs.com/ -- not the best for web servers but great to protect your home computer (it does permissions by program so for example you can allow Internet Explorer but disallow Scour when you don't give it permission, etc. It's very intuitive and no work at all to use.) Recommended for EVERYONE on a dedicated (cable, dsl, etc) line.

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    I've used both Blackice Defender and Zonelabs Zonealarm. I like Zonealarm better.
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    Originally posted by jumpthru
    Originally posted by mjames86
    I've had several of my sites "hacked". Despite this, I can look back at what happened, at least on one site, and laugh. Sports Central, my current (and first) site was hacked back in Sepetember 1999. You see, I was in the process of moving to here and I had no Internet access for weeks (I don't know how I would of lived if that happened now!). Some wise guy broke into my account and supposidly filled my page with porno and porno links to pay him. I was helpless... but luckily, my long-time Internet friend and current Senior Consultant at my site was able to fix the page as best as possible until I got back. The other one was a similar case, where I was away on vacation and my co-webmaster at that site cleaned up the site by my return. This won't ever happen again...
    What kind of co-webmaster ruins your page...??
    I strongly doubt it was my co-webmaster then who hacked my page... after all, he had no reason to. He's a nice guy and I trusted him.

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    OH i get it. your co-webmaster fixed the site up again normal after it was hacked. i htought you meant he ruined it.

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    Yeah, you read that wrong. Anyway, none of my sites have been popular enough to be hacked Someone did try to access my computer though, but nothing happened...

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    Originally posted by Justin S
    Someone did try to access my computer though, but nothing happened...
    You'd be surprised how often that happens, Justin. According to ZoneAlarm, people try to ping my computer multiple times daily... they are of course blocked. This is especially the case when you're logged in Napster. I recommend everyone getting ZoneAlarm, a superb, free personal firewall.

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    I had a site on Tripod years ago that someone replaced the content that I put on it with a site asking for young boys to contact me for sex and then spammed USENET with ads for the site. The kid put my phone number on there and everything. I wouldn't have known about it, but I got a call from a guy who ended up being a police officer (but he didn't tell me about it ahead of time) asking about the site.

    I had it back to normal pretty quickly and changed my password to a nonsense word (my password used to be my mother's maiden name, which was probably pretty easy to guess).

    I actually thought the guy who had changed my site was a former co-worker who was mad at me. But I got an email about a week after that from a guy who said it was his 16 year-old son who had done it (and had done the same for a few other boards) and offered to have the kid apologize to me on the telephone or in person if I so desired. (I didn't so desire. There was no need for an in-person or on-the-phone apology).

    I haven't any problems since then (and this happened in '97 or '98). Well, I say that, but my Tripod page could be something completely different than what I put on there. I haven't pulled up the page in years.... Nope, I just checked and the site is the way I left it the last time I messed with it.

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    Ouch, that seemed like a messy situation.

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    ZoneAlarm is definately worth the download, in fact it is worth paying for the pro version.

    One of the main things you will notice when you use it is that the banner-ad companies are always trying to connect to the high up tcp and udp ports on your machine or make NetBios connections.
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    I had my site (http://www.dumblaws.com) hacked 3 times while I was hosted on Hypermart -- the hackers defaced my main page, but didn't corrupt anything else (actually, they saved the original version of my main page also -- and left me a note saying exactly what had happened, but never told me how it was hacked. They even linked from the defaced page to the real dumblaws site -- very strange). Still a big pain though and it was not a fun experience...

    If you have any questions, I'm open to them -- I've been through it...
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