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Hey everyone, it is Rodney here filling in for Sean with this weeks Friday Funny. Sean sent a frantic message late last night, something to do with gerbils, a Lada, and a Krispy Kreme donut. As we are prepping for the MY TechNet tour coming through in the October/November time frame, Damir and I held a review session with a few internal and external people to determine if we are on the right path. During the conversation we started swapping security horror stories and I thought I'd share some of mine. I will be protecting the companies involved (as well as my butt) and keeping that information confidential.
Now I am sure you all have your own stories to tell so Damir, Rick and I will be recording podcasts throughout the My TechNet tour where you can share your stories and get a laugh (or heart attack) hearing those of others! If you haven't registered yet, be sure to do so soon before your cities event is full!
You Rascal... ;)
Could be worse. So what you're telling us is...
Rick has an evil sense of humor...
Damir has an evil sense of humor...
Don't turn your back and leave your laptop floating about when they're nearby...
BTW, the Gerbils stopped eating all the Krispy Kreme donuts and the Lada was replaced by a Geo. It runs off Gerbil Power. Much cleaner than bullfrog power... Less ribbits per kilometer...
Ok ok... I can do this.
How would like a weekend to redo the server. Old client but setup was done by a previous company.
No passwords given and we REALLY (I don't remember the why) needed to keep the passwords intact.
Got poor old l0pht out on the NT 4 database. Blam! Blam! Blam!
no matter, what we did, Couldn't get any passwords.
UNTIL....We all looked at each other.
"Perhaps it's because there are no passwords..."
Sure enough.... "ENTER"
I think even the Adminstrator account.
Many years ago, I worked with a large corporation for months planning their NT4 deployment. We spent 6 months in a lab documenting every setting on every server. The customer felt they had things in hand and that they wouldn't need us consultants around the weekend they put the new infrastructure in place.
Monday morning when we came in, they were in a panic. A few users had been able to authenticate, but then the rest would fail until they rebooted the servers, at which point a few more could login, but then authentications would start failing again.
Turns out they'd used MSDN versions of NT to install the production servers, which, back in the old days, were hardcoded to allow only 10 concurrent connections.
Come on everybody! Share!
The computer world can't be so perfect that NOBODY has something goofy or incredibly absurd (Or even just downright shocking) to say.
There HAS to be more MORE security horror stories than this... Come on all, chip in, join in. Don't be afraid to speak up or speak out!
What about stories about evil consultants you have encountered or their results?
Come on! The hits to this site are HUGE. SOMEBODY has got to offer something (Even itty bitty)
I'll give another. How about a PC that turned out it wouldn't boot because "Fluffy" a rather large dog bit the mouse cord in half. Unplugged the mouse and the computer started.
That's SORT of security related. Tie your wires away from large hungry animals...
HA! I like THAT one! I also know a trick to get about it but I won't say.... Shhh it's a secret.