The “technobabble” written by the “hacker” is (intentionally) hilarious … and the politician’s staffer has no clue. :)
From: Todd Shriber (email@example.com) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 12:58:29 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Question for you or other Attrition members Lyger - I came across Attrition.org for the first time. I enjoyed the site though I am not an expert with computers. That brings me to my next point: I need to urgently make contact with a hacker that would be interested in doing a one-time job for me. The pay would be good. I'm not sure what exactly the job would entail with respect to computer jargon, but I can go into rough detail upon making contact with a candidate. Thanks for your help.
From: Todd Shriber (email@example.com) To: security curmudgeon (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 14:21:36 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Re: Question for you or other Attrition members I can supply all that. Forgive what I assume is dumb question, but what are pigeons? I know you're not talking about the bird. --- security curmudgeon wrote: > : What would you or anyone else need from me to see > if you could it? > > For starters, college name, full name, and whatever > number they track you > by. Student ID or SS# or whatever else. > > And, are there pigeons on campus?
From: security curmudgeon (email@example.com) To: Todd Shriber (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 17:30:44 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: Question for you or other Attrition members : Wow, I feel dumb now. I honestly cannot rember if there were pigeons on : campus or not. A lot of crazy squirrels, but I can't remember pigeons. : Just for my own edification, why do you need to know that? I'll find out : for you. Hey, squirrels work fine. First, let's be clear. You are soliciting me to break the law and hack into a computer across state lines. That is a federal offense and multiple felonies. Obviously I can't trust anyone and everyone that mails such a request, you might be an FBI agent, right? So, I need three things to make this happen: 1. A picture of a squirrel or pigeon on your campus. One close-up, one with background that shows buildings, a sign, or something to indicate you are standing on the campus. 2. The information I mentioned so I can find the records once I get into the database. 3. Some idea of what I get for all my trouble.
Frankly, I expect the FBI to come knocking at the “hackers” door, after some congress-critter calls for their arrest. This would be extremely silly, but the like has happened before.