[Dshield] yyyyyyyyy me?

John Sage jsage at finchhaven.com
Tue Mar 19 16:35:18 GMT 2002

This thinking is an example of one the biggest misconceptions about
cracking and crackers.

"I don't have any credit card numbers or bank account numbers on my
home computer: what do I care if I get cracked?"



The single biggest use of cracked home computers is in the assembly of
zombie armies for use in DDoS attacks.

They don't want your credit card numbers; they want your bandwidth.

This is particularily more the case with cable modems and DSL
connections that are always on.

Do you know what your computer is doing while you're asleep, or away
at work?



by Dave Dittrich at the University of Washington...

- John
Most people don't type their own logfiles;  but, what do I care?

On Tue, Mar 19, 2002 at 07:14:45AM -0800, Mrcorp wrote:
> .  MD5 password are relatively secure (I say "relatively" as
> > with enough time and CPU power most any password can be brute-forced.)
> I guess I would ask yourselves, do you have anything worht wasting a hackers time and resources
> over?  I mean, most peoples home computers are not a target of a well funded hacking organization
> that looks for john dow in ohio (no offense to those in ohio).  And so what if they get in your
> machine?  What would you loose?  Is it backed up in case of hardware failure? 
> I see this conversation going in the same old direction that most secureiity sites get into. 
> Thinking that the most elite secret hacking society is out there and hacking every tom dick and
> harry.  Its just not the case.
> mrcorp

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