October 29, 2004
So, um, my webserver and workstation were hacked into, along with a bunch of other boxes I know of. While is doesn't look like anything destructive was done, and it doesn't even look like they got root on either box, I figured I needed to completely rebuild both boxes and change all my passwords, everywhere. That's a huge pain, and now I constantly find myself typing in the wrong password. Apparently the evildoers are a bunch of young thugs from Romania. Why, by the way, do kids often think it's cool to be destructive? I've never understood that, but have known many teenagers who think it's cool to break things. I doubt they realize what major problems they cause and can only hope they get bit sometime too so they can feel the pain.But anyway, I'm up (after a significant struggle). That's the good news. The bad news is that politics here are only getting worse. I was in Europe last week and they're all very much aware of the election here and were anxious to know my inputs and thoughts. Surprisingly though, they weren't as well informed of things as I thought. For instance, the Brit and Swiss couple I talked with in Switzerland seemed a bit surprised when I told them America was very polarized with Bush haters and Bush lovers. I think they thought we were all a bunch of cocky oil-guzzling, environment-killing cowboys. Anyway, I basically told them that no one has or gives all the information on anything so pretty much both sides are making only semi-truthful arguments. They readily agreed.
Posted by charr at 6:04 AM
Hi! Glad to hear you're okay after all that - I was pretty worried when I'd check you on my daily blog routine and week after week you'd just never show up. Nice to have you back again. :)
Thanks for the note. I've been really busy and this hacking thing pretty much iced the cake. It's been a pain, but hopefully I'm back for a while.