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NASA cracker used perl

by g0n (Priest)
on May 06, 2006 at 10:09 UTC ( #547806=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

OK, perhaps not the sort of publicity we would necessarily wish for Perl, but Gary McKinnon, the cracker currently facing extradition to the USA from the UK, mentions using perl in this interview with the BBC.


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Re: NASA cracker used perl
by rhesa (Vicar) on May 06, 2006 at 10:31 UTC
    <Irony alert! Irony alert!>

    This is precisely why I always promote .Net for safe computing. Their compiler actively prevents you from hacking into other peoples' networks by prohibiting random data streams over untrusted sockets.

    Rumor has it that .Net 3.0 will proactively send cease-and-desist letters on your victim's behalf, while alerting the BSA, the FBI, and the RIAA.

Re: NASA cracker used perl
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on May 06, 2006 at 13:33 UTC

    He also used Java!

    Oh, and he used a computer!

    Makeshifts last the longest.

Re: NASA cracker used perl
by BrowserUk (Pope) on May 06, 2006 at 11:32 UTC
    No, the graphical remote viewer works frame by frame. It's a Java application, so there's nothing to save on your hard drive,

    Now that really sounds like alien technology.

    A picture viewer written in Java that operates remotely over dial-up and leaves no evidence proof on your harddrive. Cool.

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Re: NASA cracker used perl
by nimdokk (Vicar) on May 08, 2006 at 16:10 UTC
    What I *really* want to know is: why were supposedly secret military sites accessible via the internet? If you want to keep something secret, why in BoB's name do you put it on the internet?

    /me is rather perplexed - didn't they bother to read "The Cuckoo's Egg"? :-)

      But if you've read "The Cuckoo's Egg" you shouldn't really be surprised then ...

Re: NASA cracker used perl
by jacques (Priest) on May 07, 2006 at 05:10 UTC
    Forget the alien technology. I am just glad they spelled Perl right!
Re: NASA cracker used perl
by zentara (Archbishop) on May 06, 2006 at 16:52 UTC
    The guy's photo sure makes him look sinister.... not the typical Perl hacker.

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Re: NASA cracker used perl
by wazoox (Prior) on May 06, 2006 at 20:31 UTC
    And his motivations ("UFO dissimulation") sound weird. This guy is probably a bit crazy...
(OT) Re: NASA cracker used perl
by sir_lichtkind (Friar) on May 07, 2006 at 14:20 UTC

      I went to that site and looked for a while without even being able to find a claim that they had evidence, let alone the actual evidence. Then only thing they do have is recorded statments but you have to pay to see them. Now if they had actual evidence of aliens in any form what-so-ever don't you think it would be in the biggest boldest letters on their front page? That website only managed to convince me that this is a scam of some sort to get peoples money. Charging for something when the whole idea is disclosure seems a bit odd doesn't it?

      Eric Hodges

        The project is run the government^W the men in black and the reason they charge is so they have proper documentation of who they need monitor. And if they think that you are really are on to something, they will pop by your house and put so much LSD in your orange juice no-one will ever believe a thing you say..... If you recover at all that is.....


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      Yeah, that's why it's really sad : all these poor people really believe in this horse p**.
        or maybe your the poor, can't accept reallity. dont be such quick in jundging others. the existence of ARV (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) is one of the best statet facts, because the widespread doubts.
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