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The Independent: Spooked in a game of cat and mouse between a hacker and the Feds

Sep 26, 2000, 13:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Gulker)

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"Last March, I wrote about the experience of being hacked. Your correspondent, still a Linux newbie after months of effort, discovered that his home-built Red Hat Linux machine had been commandeered and turned into an IRC chatbot by someone named 'bonez'."

"To put it plainly, 'bonez' nailed me. And it took me two days to notice. My friend Mark Anderson, a Unix guru, told me how to proceed. 'Format your hard drive to get rid of him. He just uses you to bounce an IRC connection. You don't have enough bandwidth or disk to be attractive to steal, and you aren't famous enough to be defaced.'..."

"Now, I figured I'd call the FBI, and some husky voice would say 'Yes?', followed by silence, followed by the agent saying: 'I'm listening.' Instead I got: 'Hi, this is Agent Sayers. I'm either on the phone or away from my desk. Please leave a message.'"

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