[Dshield] Surely Not?

Craig Webster craig at xeriom.net
Sat Jan 7 01:55:12 GMT 2006

On 6 Jan 2006, at 23:21, Chris Wright wrote:
> Regardless of how far fetched it seems, if it was in the UK, the  
> webserver
> would probably be the same machine handling the telecoms, the  
> voicemail,
> security system, time table analysis, email server, heating  
> controls, food
> ordering system etc etc.

I'm from the UK and I'm sad to say I agree with you. When I was in  
high school (not that long ago mind you) we only had one old sun  
server for the entire school. It had a 30 minute UPS and 50 or so  
gigabytes of store*. We had a single ISDN line which had to be shared  
between about 200 sessions. The server controlled access to the  
internet, filtered content, was the filestore, handled email,  
everything - it seemed to be designed specifically to be one  
catastrophic single point of failure for all the schools IT systems.

Not one of the staff knew how to use Solaris. Our "Network Admin"  
spent all of his time checking the pupils browser histories. We  
didn't get a chance to make a webpage that'd cause heavy load on the  
server or anything like that; the damn thing would grind to a halt  
about once a day, sometimes for hours at a time, and the staff would  
run around like headless chickens...

That said, one pupil did manage to get a key logger on a few of the  
systems. The staff found out about a month later (how they managed to  
go that long I don't know -- all the pupils knew about it the day  
after it had been installed) and didn't know what to do... they had  
to ask him nicely to remove it.

> Not that our IT systems in schools are 20 years behind the rest of the
> world.
> We probably still have kids hacking 386's.... (You think I am kidding)

We had a mix of BBCs, Mac IIs and a few months before I left we got  
in some US sourced iMacs (they screwed up ordering so we got the US  


* Numbers made up because I can't remember them, but it was a pretty  
poor machine to be so important in the network.
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