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25 September 2007 @ 08:56 pm
I Need Your Password. Sure, That Sounds Totally Legit....  
An old story of a rather pathetic attempt to social-engineer access to a password, ganked from punkwalrus's LJ:

For those of you on AIM, I am sure you have been password surfed at least once by some would-be hacker. Maybe by mail, or by IM, you have been told of some official system outage, loss of account, or whatever. Back when I worked at AOL, often we would toss these things away, or send them to TOS, but here’s a guy who really turned the tables. I got this from Heckler’s Online, a site from AOL, now long-dead. It’s worth a chuckle, even if you are not an AOL user. The text was cut and paste from the original site nearly 8 years ago, and I couldn’t find it online. So keep in mind this was NOT written by me, but a real IM session with an AOL employee who also worked for the Hecklers.com content in 1998 or so.


Zabu451:Hello from America Online! I’m sorry to inform you that there has been an error in the I/O section of your account database, and this server’s password information has been temporarily destroyed. We need you, the AOL user, to hit reply and type in your password. Thank you for your help.

Newfpyr:Hello! This is Server Manager #563. I’m sorry to hear that your server has lost the password info. I mean, this has been hapening to much lately.
NewfPyr:We have developed some solutions to this problem. Have you got the mail sent out to all server managers?

Zabu451:no

NewfPyr:Really? Ouch. There’s been some problems with the server mailer lately. Oh, well. Here’s a solution to this problem: try connecting your backup database to your main I/O port, then accessing the system restart.

Zabu451:no i still need passwords

NewfPyr:I see. Do you want me to send you the list of all the passwords of all the screen names of your server?

Zabu451:ya i want that

NewfPyr:Let me get the server manager to send it...
NewfPyr:He says I need your server manager password. Could you please type it in?

Zabu451:i dont have one

NewfPyr:What do you mean? That’s the first thing every manager gets!

Zabu451:itgot deleted

NewfPyr:Wow! You must be having a lot of trouble. Let me find out what server you’re using...

[Note: I checked his profile. It said he was from Springfield, Mass.]

NewfPyr:Okay, you’re number has been tracked to an area in Springfield, Mass.

Zabu451:how did u know?!!!?!?!!?!?!?!?!??!!

NewfPyr:I used Server Tracker 5.0 . Don’t you have it?

Zabu451:do you know my address!?!?!?!!?!?

NewfPyr:Of course not.

Zabu451:good

NewfPyr:I only know the number you’re calling AOL from, which is from your server, right?

Zabu451:yes

NewfPyr:Good. Okay, now that we have you’re number, we have you’re address, and we are sending a repair team over there.

Zabu451:nonononono
Zabu451:dont stop them now

NewfPyr:Why? Isn’t your server down?

Zabu451:nonono its working now

NewfPyr:They’re still coming, just in case.

Zabu451:STOP THEM NOW

NewfPyr:I can’t break AOL Polacy.

Zabu451:POEPLE ARE COMING TO MY HOUSE?!?!?!?!??

NewfPyr:No! To your server. You know, where you’re calling AOL from.

Zabu451:im calling from my house

NewfPyr:But you said you where calling from the server!

Zabu451:i lied im not reely a server guy

NewfPyr:But you said you were!

Zabu451:i lied i trying to get passwords please make them stop

NewfPyr:Okay. The repair team isn’t coming anymore.

Zabu451:good

NewfPyr:But a team of FBI agents is.

Zabu451:NONONONO
Zabu451:im sorry
Zabu451:ill never do it again please make them not come
Zabu451:PLEASE IL STOP ASKING FOR PASSWORDS FOREVER PLEASE MAKE THEM STOP!!

NewfPyr:I’m sorry, I can’t do that. They should be at your house in 5 minutes.

Zabu451:IM SORRY IL DO ANYTHING PLEASE I DONT WANT THEM TO HURT ME
Zabu451:PLEASE
Zabu451:PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSE

NewfPyr:They won’t hurt you! You’ll probobly only spend a year of prison.

Zabu451:NO IM ONLY A KID

NewfPyr:You are? That makes it diferent. You wont go to prison for a year.

Zabu451:i thout so

NewfPyr:You’ll go for two years.

Zabu451:NO! IM SORRY
Zabu451:PLEASE MAKE THEM STOP
Zabu451:PLEASE

[I thought this was enough. He was probably wetting his pants.]

NewfPyr:Since this was a first time offense, I think I can drop charges.

Zabu451:yea
Zabu451:thankyouthankyouthankyou

NewfPyr:The FBI agents have been withdrawn. If you ever do it again, we’ll bump you off.

Zabu451:i wont im sorry goodbye

[He promptly signed off.]
 
 
Current Mood: amusedamused
 
 
 
Selkiselki on September 26th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
NewfPyr:They won’t hurt you! You’ll probobly only spend a year of prison.

Hahaha!