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Yes, data can be destroyed or corrupted.  Files can be copied.  Most people
have more than enough info on their computers to allow someone to get credit
card and checking acct. numbers, or, worse, commit full blown identity
fraud.  Your machine can also be compromised to participate in denial of
service attacks such as those mounted a week ago against big name sites.

Even if a hacker's intentions aren't malicious, would you mind if someone
broke into your home, rummaged through your sock drawer, put everything back
into place, and left????  Same difference.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce D Pooley [mailto:bdpooley(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 10:21 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Comp: Networking the Intelligent Home

What are the consequences of someone using your computer? Can they destroy
your files? Can they steal your files?

What would they do with a bunch of spreadsheets that do engineering

Please explain.

Bruce Pooley
----- Original Message -----
From: Dan Vines <dan(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 7:33 AM
Subject: RE: Comp: Networking the Intelligent Home

> A firewall, either hardware or software such as BlackIce Defender or
> Internet Security, is ABSOULTELY ESSENTIAL (can't provide enough emphasis)
> for those with a DSL or cable modem connection.
> There are also a few "friendly" internet sites out there that will test
> machine for vulnerabilities.   The best, IMHO, is Steve Gibson's "Shields
> UP" at
> Dan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ron Hill [mailto:ronhill(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 9:16 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: Comp: Networking the Intelligent Home
> Denis,
> This was on http:\\
> *** DSLs more vulnerable to hackers
> NEW YORK (AP) - Two weeks after he got a fast Internet connection in
> his home, Carey Bunks noticed he wasn't the only one using his
> computer. Everything seemed fine with the machine, until Bunks, a
> scientist for BBN Corp., a research firm in Cambridge, Mass., checked
> his computer while reading up on network security. To his surprise,
> he found that someone had gained access to the computer via the
> Internet, and set it up so that it could be controlled from the
> outside. Bunks believes one of the reasons he was attacked was his
> new Internet connection, a digital subscriber line, or DSL. Such
> lines are spreading fast to homes, along with cable modems, which
> provide similar speeds. Experts warn that the fast connections bring
> security risks of which few users are aware. ###
> Ron Hill
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SEConsultant [mailto:seconsultant(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2000 3:37 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: Comp: Networking the Intelligent Home
> Mark,
> Very informative reply. Thanks so much - you made my mind up for me, I'm
> going DSL and increasing my storage availability by networking the
> computers. Inasmuch as we are unable to simply run cable around the home
> attic space or under floor area) I will network with something similar to
> the Diamond MM systems that advertises up to 10Mb/s transfer rate over
> existing phone lines for data within the network (like coping data from
> computer to another) and which should protect the DSL speed when shared
> through the network.
> I still have a lot to learn, but at $39.95 per month for a one year
> contract, it sounds like a bargain over a 56Kbs modem.
> Thanks again Mark - I appreciate the information.
> Dennis