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On Tue, 22 Feb 2000, Bruce D Pooley wrote:

> 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
> calculations?


They can do MUCH worse than erase your files or use your
spreadsheets.  

They can use your computer to run THEIR web site.  Last week someone took
advantage of lax security on a university computer, and set up a porno
site on it!   The porno site was operating for several hours before the
university computer services department was able to regain control of the
computer.

Ed.S.
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