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Rediff: My Secret Weapons: Hackers and Surfers

Jan 01, 2000, 21:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vivek Wadhwa)

"I have probably learnt more by watching my sons Vineet, 16, and Tarun, 12 in action with computer technology than from any other source of information."

"...Vineet joined a new hi-tech school last year, Cary Academy, and came home with stories about how bad Windows NT security was. He learned about the NT security problems from his classmates, and did extensive research on the Internet. Earlier this year, he told me that he wanted to try out some of the utilities that were available...

"We had installed a complete NT infrastructure at work recently, and I really wanted to understand how bad the problem was, so I gave him permission to try out all these tricks on our office network. Much to my surprise, he came back the first evening with a complete list of passwords for everyone in the company.

"The next day, while I was at work, I lost control of the mouse, and was watching it move around the screen, wondering what had gone wrong. Suddenly I received a message: "Hey Dad. It's me. Isn't this neat?"...

"Soon after this, I authorized our network administrator to purchase a high security firewall, Linux server, and tighten up all processes and procedures.

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