Security mischief

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Mrkvonic, Nov 8, 2005.

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum, if not I apologize and please move the topic.
    Now, I was not sure about the title either, but here's what I meant:
    We are security-conscious people and we care about healthy computers and safe surfing. But have you ever made anything "mischievious" with computers?
    I'll give some stories, others are welcome to join:
    In early and mid-90s, in the high school, we studied Pascal language, so a couple of friends and I used the pascal to write residents that would launch with autoexecs and sit in memory and create random sounds and bleep and annoy people (mainly girls, we thought it would impress them :( ). We would also create fake batch files, that when launched simulated the format of the hard disk, including percentage done and all.
    In the era of messenger, we would write a batch that sends 10000 netsends to one another ...
    Lastly, in the era of early Windows and 95, we would screenshot the deskop, replace background image with the screenshot and then hide all icons in the right bottom corner of the screen, and people would start getting annoyed that mouse clicks didn't work (girls again :) ).
    Now the times are too serious for jokes ... :(
    If you have any ideas to share, please do.
    If this topic is ridiculous, please shred it to tiny bits.
  2. Notok

    Notok Registered Member

    May 28, 2004
    Portland, OR (USA)
    Hehehe, I'll admit that I had some mischevious fun at the expense of some stores in my earlier high school years.. mostly putting a looping string in the autoexec.bat at Radio Shack, even found the command to make it so Ctrl+C wouldn't work. We would usually leave the system running in Windows, so it would be in the morning when they opened shop that it would sit there and scroll one word/phrase endlessly..

    Wish I had thought of the screenshot thing.. damn.. :blink: :D :D
  3. Bubba

    Bubba Updates Team

    Apr 15, 2002
    That's about the extent of my mischief along with placing an entry in the Hosts file on a PC at work that my College Football rivalry used. Seems everytime he went to his Georgia Bulldogs page the Tennessee Volunteers page would pop up. :cool:

    Nah....the look on his face was priceless to this kid at heart :eek:
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