Please help me...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by hraghuvir, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. hraghuvir macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    This is my first post and I'm really sorry to sound like an attention seeker but i really need some help and even my local Apple store guy has difficulty understanding what exactly is wrong. Firstly, I would like to say that my Mac OS X Tiger PowerPC G5 has been serving me very very well for a long time and for a long time I always fancied the Windows OS but recently I came to know and appreciate Mac and I really love Mac. In fact I will be studying Computer Science in Carnegie-Mellon soon and I hope to work for Mac. Anyway, I'll cut to the chase and tell you experts what exactly my problem is.

    You see, recently, I pulled a stupid and unnecessary prank on this kid in my school which I shouldn't have done of course but the rigor of college applications just got to me I guess. I was on my Mac and on a bogus MSN account pranking this kid. He then suddenly dropped a bombshell saying he would track my IP. I quickly exited but unfortunately he emailed the bogus account saying he had tracked my IP using my packets and that he was going to crash my com.

    Frankly at that time I thought it was stupid and never thought he could pull it off but turns out this script kiddy could. I know that Mac's software is beyond excellent and that it is pretty much unhackable. Now forgive me for being not so well versed in this network and computer jargon and all that but he tells me that although my software cannot be hacked, he can send some virus or some command through my wireless network router and into my Mac which will super-accelerate my hard drive and permanently fail my computer forever.

    Now the thing is that I am a pilot trainee in the Air Force, and although we fly up in the sky, we are taught (believe it or not) hostage negotiation and thus I apologized and now I have brought the entire episode to a close. Yet I honestly believe (and we are taught this in the Air Force) that negotiation only allows one to buy time and I would like to ask you lads here sincerely how can I protect my Mac and what I can do. This kid told me my entire history of website for the past 3 years which shocked me entirely, proving that he has had access to my router or my Mac. What can I do to protect my computer? Just to let you know, there are a couple of other windows laptops connected to this network.

    I have turned on my Firewall in Mac, downloaded DoorStop X Firewall, a second user account without admin privileges, encrypted my hard disk, set password for my router and my Mac and enabled some added security features in System Preferences. Now I know you guys are very good in this kind of things and as a fellow Mac user, I would like to ask you for your help. Please help me :)

    Sincerely,
    Your friend
     
  2. wightstraker macrumors regular

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    Call the ISP of whomever is hacking your Mac and report him. What he's doing is illegal. Open your Console (Applications/Utilities) and keep a printed system log, and firewall log. He'll leave you alone when the 50 start knockin'.

    By the way, if you don't mind me asking, what was the prank? Sounds like you got him good.
     
  3. hraghuvir thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot wightstaker. In my country (Singapore) there are only 2 ISPs and both are rigged to the gov't and the police. So it would teach him a lesson. But in the meantime, is there anyway I can protect my computer?
     
  4. hraghuvir thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh didnt see the last line :D i pretended to be a gay homosexual stalker haha. scared the friggin **** outta him.

    it was stupid though. shouldnt have done that.
     
  5. wightstraker macrumors regular

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    Not that I can think of, sounds like you have a pretty good setup already. Frankly, if you have access to another computer, the best thing you could do would be to just turn your mac off until the problem is solved. He can't hack it if it isn't on. ; )
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    ghall, is that you? :p

    Relax, you have nothing to worry about. There are much better ways of acting on your homosexual feelings.
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    That is not possible unless you have a weak password. Yes harddrive can be damaged, but no such thing as described is available on the Mac. Even if that's possible, the computer will not suffer permanent damage even if the harddrive failed.

    You mentioned he's from your school. He probably found out your info by asking people.

    If he mentioned on hacking you on record (email, chat), you can forward it to his ISP.
     
  8. jrlcopy macrumors 6502

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    Haha, too funny, ever hear of a website called http://www.archive.org/ It takes snapshots of just about every website periodically, lol. He is just pulling your leg and laughing his ass off.
     
  9. hraghuvir thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well he told me that shutting down would also be pointless as this thing attacks the hardware not software. So there is now way this could happen at all? Well that makes me a little relieved :D
     
  10. yeroen macrumors 6502a

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    What's this borderline incoherent story doing in the Mac Pro section??
     
  11. jnc macrumors 68020

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    I know, a thread not about Mac Pros? It's almost horrifying to think that's not the only thing on everyone's mind right now.

    However, it is the Mac Pro & Power Mac section. Hope that helps
     

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