"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
"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
"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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