posted on Jun, 18 2009 @ 03:11 AM
I used to surf the net at work, and from experience it helps if your IT guy is a complete moron. While he could have checked the server logs at any
time to keep track of our activity... he never did. From the server, they can white-list your network card's MAC Address - so that you can only visit
approved sites (company sites) or other machines on the local networks.
We were never caught until the first shift supervisor came in one night late and busted us in the act, and it was his prompting that alerted our IT to
our activities. However he never took any precautions on the server end of things. Instead, his solution to keep us off the internet was to delete the
Internet Explorer executable from the desktop/startbar/windows directory.
Nice try... but, ever since Windows 98 came out, I.E. has been merged with the OS to try to beat anti-trust lawsuits. Pop open My Computer, Type in a
web address in the navigation bar - and Hello Internet.
This worked for awhile until third shift lead was looking up prons and infected the company network with an "STD". Tsk, Tsk. So his solution was....
*Drumroll*.... Client Side software via Net Nanny or some other such program. We had his password cracked inside of 15 minutes. "ITSTEVE" is NOT A
SECURE PASSWORD. Especially since it was his login as well. From there it's a simple process.
Remove Whitelist, Clean the history, Clean Browser History, Clean Download History, Clear Cache, Remove any program errors/flags from the
administrative tools, saved passwords off, etc. Before we did anything though, we'd set the PC's clock to around 2 A.M... so if we missed anything,
it'd be timestamped to third shift. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Any files we downloaded and stored on the company computer were flagged as hidden so they
wouldn't pop up on a search - and our secret folder was about 6 layers into the Windows directory with a similar format name to other hidden folders
which also occupied the parent folder. I don't remember what all else we did... but we had those systems owned.
And just for spite, before leaving one night 3rd shift wasn't coming in, we took a picture of the desktop with the ArtiosCAD software running, moved
the taskbar to the far side of the screen and hid it, removed all the icons and placed them in an off-desktop folder, removed the "My Computer"
icon, and applied that previous screenshot of the desktop as the background wallpaper. We then remapped the keyboards so the shortcuts wouldn't work,
and changed the language format to Georgian or some such.
The system was down for a week and eventually just decided it was time to upgrade some of the companies hardware. Well.. we were supposed to get new
systems anyhow. When the shipment came in, he apparently "lost" a skid of 16 systems and decided to give us our old machines back, with a fresh new
install of XP.
The only new PC we got was the one he bought for the new Kongsberg machine we had recently purchased. Unfortunately, it required a PCI hardware card
key installed to lock you out of the system if you didn't have the properly licensed proprietary software... and of course, the new computer he got
just for it had the thin tower. I.E.... it wouldn't fit. So the new machine itself was down for an additional week while he figured out that he can
swap machines between workstations.