Help Net Security: Interview with Brian Hatch, author of "Hacking Exposed Linux"
Jul 02, 2003, 07:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mirko Zorz)
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"How did you get interested in computer
"I don't ever remember getting interested in it--it seemed to be
one of my innate desires for as long as I can remember. I guess I
was always paranoid and mistrusting.
"Back when I had my first Apple ][ machine, you'd need to boot
off the floppy drive or tape. The computer would run the program
called 'hello' on the floppy if it was available. Well, I sure
didn't want anyone looking at my files and programs, so my hello
program was this paranoid thing that required two correct passwords
(each more than 10 characters long) to get in or it would reboot
the machine. If you correctly authenticated, the thing had a fully
functional text file management/program execution