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Mac D
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Living in an area with lots of people insures you live next to a lot of not so bright people. There are 2 unprotected wi-fi networks and lots of people conecting to them. In total 5 printers with no security at all. So I was thinking of doing a little printing on these "shared" printers. Maybe freak the people out. A freind of mine said I should take over administrative rights to the 2 wi-fi routers but I don't think I will do that. I just need an idea of what to print on the printers they have left opened.

I was thinking a ghost or something. Like "Build [something] really big" to avenge my death. It is an old building after all.

Any ideas on a joke to play?

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Well if you want to scare the pants of them have it print out "GET OUT" over and over again. If you want to inform them you could always print, "if you can read this, your network is unprotected and I can see your porn collection." [evil]

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-Set up your own dns server
-take over the open routers and have DNS go through you first.
-setup a web server that answers to google.com and mostly proxies queries to the real google.
- point google at your web server
- adjust the proxied google things so that the first result is something that only people in the building would know.

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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted September 10, 2006 17:28      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by CrawGator:
"if you can read this, your network is unprotected and I can see your porn collection." [evil]

I did find a large collection of gay porn on one of the computers I was looking at on the network.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mac D:
quote:
Originally posted by CrawGator:
"if you can read this, your network is unprotected and I can see your porn collection." [evil]

I did find a large collection of gay porn on one of the computers I was looking at on the network.
Well I did say it was informative...

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quote:
Originally posted by Mac D:
I did find a large collection of gay porn on one of the computers I was looking at on the network.

Print it out, that should start an interesting witch-hunt.

Or...

Take "surveilance photos" of people entering/leaving the building, and print those out. This should instill a healthy level of paranoia in your neighbors.

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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted September 10, 2006 18:03      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:

Take "surveilance photos" of people entering/leaving the building, and print those out. This should instill a healthy level of paranoia in your neighbors.

If i could put a face to the person (They actually use there names) I would so do this. Maybe I'll take a look at the mail boxes and do some photo shooting. hehe.

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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted September 10, 2006 18:52      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just thought of a great idea.

Ok I start out by going all around the block and leave notes. And put the last one at a liquer store. And send a message to the printers on where to start the little "Scavanger hunt" (It's mostly collage students here so they just might go for it if I mention beer) Then on the last note say something like "Since your here can you pick me up a case of beer and drop it off at ......"

Or maybe I shouldn't reveal myself at the end of it. Or it might be a good way to meet some of my neighbors.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
quote:
Originally posted by Mac D:
I did find a large collection of gay porn on one of the computers I was looking at on the network.

Print it out, that should start an interesting witch-hunt.


The problem with printing out pornographic pictures is that you might be charged with supplying pornographic material to a minor if the neighbor has a child in the house and found out who printed the material. The person printing the material,if convicted, would then have to register a a sex offender and tell every future employer that he is a registered sex offender. I don't think you would want to risk that. Ain't america grand.

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"I want to see what your insides look like!"

or

"Sorry Dave, I cannot print that"

or

(you get the picture)

Maybe "Exterminaaatttteee!!!" or, "BUY! SPOOOONNNNNN GUAAARRRDDDDD!"

But it would be funny if you made it look it came to life and was sentient [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
-Set up your own dns server
-take over the open routers and have DNS go through you first.
-setup a web server that answers to google.com and mostly proxies queries to the real google.
- point google at your web server
- adjust the proxied google things so that the first result is something that only people in the building would know.

That is absolutely brilliant.

Or you can do what I've been planning on doing for sometime.

There's howtos out there I can't find the link to at the moment (because I'm lazy) that people've done to screw up all the users who use their unsecured network without their permission.

Set up a transparent proxy that randomly forwards file requests to http://www.hellokitty.com/ or something like it, and then every other site (except google) that is requested, return the html upside down, and reverse all of the images.

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OK - I'm going be the voice of miserable grown-ups everywhere.....

Pranks/practical jokes are dumb, exploitative, victim-based humour.

If you know 100% that the "victim" of the prank will be amused and appreciate the efforts you have made, then you get to keep the inverted commas. Otherwise - it's just plain victim.

Look to your consciences.

So - rant over, normal service will resume shortly. [Razz]

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What about a simple email from [email protected] telling them to get secure? It's simple, and all you need to do is obtain their email addresses.

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Grummash: Causing or risking loss and injury through pranks, yes. But the only thing you might injure here is someone's mind. I don't know these neighbours; maybe they are the type who would respond very well to a kindly remark that their networks are not secure.

However, when it comes to computers (and no doubt any other area where people are way too self-assured and utterly unwilling to listen and learn and believe what anyone tells them) too many people are not going to listen or learn.

Thus, I can't help thinking that a few friendly "pointers" in the direction of the risks involved with wireless networking by way of live demonstration would have a lot more of an impact. When people have irrefutable proof that their system is insecure, they have to at least take note. Maybe they will still not listen, although of course to be truly effective the plan must involve a stage of actual education about how to secure the network. (If you are not careful though they might decide to call on you every time their PC breaks from then on!)

Anyone rational of course will realise that not all the suggestions here are sensible, as many I am sure are just humourous suggestions. I am for one not seriously advocating the use of goatse, although I do find airpwn very amusing.

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Grummash ________ see Mac D is actually doing these people a favor. see if he can get into there network then who knows who else can. Maybe someone else will use there network for more illegal things then pulling a prank. Plus most people think they are secure from anything. So even if Mac D walked to their apartment and said "hey your network is not secure" then they want prove and Mac D would still have to take over the server. So its much funner to send a harmless prank to say the network is in secure and put a link to a website to help them. Plus Mac D will stay annoymous.

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All depends how mean you want to be. A simple yet entirely evil prank might be to print out a short love note with instructions on how to access the other unsecured network on both printers. Then wait [Smile]

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Look up their phone numbers, send a bunch of pentagrams to the printer, call them through PhoneNotify and tell the poor suckers that Satan has taken over their computer (use 666-666-6666 for caller ID.) Tons of fun to be had [Wink]

PS: An "exorcist for hire" note a few minutes later would make things even more interesting.

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Today: print one blank page.

Tomorrow: print one blank page in the morning, and another in the evening.

Next day: print 2 blank pages in the morning, and another 2 in the evening.

Next day: print 1 blank page every hour.

Next day: do nothing.

Next day: print 20 blank pages...

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LOL!
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Grummy is right, pranks like nearly all practical jokes are not funny, they are just cruel, and if you actually revealed that someone has a collection of gay porn, that would go way beyond that. In fact I would say you should be ashamed of yourself poking around inside other people's computers. It's like reading someone else's diary, voyeuristic and creepy.

You can let them know how insecure their network is easily without being vile.

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Yu want to be careful poking around in other peoples computers. I used to fix computers for people in my dorm when I was in college. I always poked around on thheir hard drive to see of they had any MP3's or movie files that I didn't have and wanted. Once I found 30 gigs of gay porn. Nithng that bad , but definatly gay. I would never out somebody, and I didn't even tell him I knew, But it always messed with my head knowing that he was gay. You may find a sercret on somebodies hard drive that you don't want to live with. I no longer poke around on peoples hard drives when I fix thier computers.

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quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
poking around inside other people's computers. It's like reading someone else's diary, voyeuristic and creepy.

Yes I agree it is like reading someone else's diary. But they didn't lock it and they put it out on the street for every one to read. If you don't password protect and have wi-fi you are inviting people to look at your hard drive.

I don't really care about the gay porn. My best friend is gay. And I've been to quite a few gay parties. And really they are the most relaxed laid back people I know.

And I was thinking printing something that was just a little wake up call. Nothing that would get him fired/kicked out of school. Or maybe it's a her that likes looking at gay porn. You never know.

So I should send a link to Linksys's website detailing how to lock it maybe?

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I'm going to play devil's advocate for a moment here...

Folks...just because someone has unprotected wireless, and doesn't have a password protected computer/filesystem, doesn't mean they *deserve* to have everything scrutinized/copied/their-lives-fscked-with. Most such individuals are not *inviting* people to do these things, they simply do not know any better. Should a person know the risks involved in running unencrypted WiFi? Probably. Is it realistic to expect that everyone will read the manual, or online docs about the $50 wireless router they bought? Absolutely not. (This is largely the fault of router manufacturers and OS vendors, who sought to make their products work completely out of the box, and be mind-numbingly easy to use.)

Hasn't anyone learned anything about ethics?

P.S. I've never set up an Airport access point before...does it warn you about enabling encryption and/or strongly encourage you to do so?

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This is the time to spread knowledge, not to terrorize people!!!

Let me point you to this link... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_security#Steps_in_Securing_A_Wireless_Network

I would copy this from wikipedia, paste it in Wordpad (or Word, or TextEdit, or OO.o Write, or...) and append a note to it saying "I sent this to your printer because your network, computer, and printer are not properly secured. For your own safety, I *strongly* recommend locking down your network by following these instructions (or the instructions that came with your wireless router). If I can get into your network (not to mention your hard drive), anyone can!"

Ignorance (n. The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.) cannot be fixed by punishment, but only by education! If you think these people should secure their network, then help them learn how to do it.

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