I was a bad hacker! Not!

When I was 21 and my last year of college at Alfred State College (alfredstate.edu) I was on always on the computer exploring the then emerging Internet.  Back in 1994-95 there wasn’t a GUI to navigate around but command line.  They had a basic menu system to get to applications.  There was one flaw in it.  The first page at the bottom had 2 options: 7. Logout, 8. Exit to DOS.  Both of them would go to a command prompt and nothing else.  Some students didn’t know the difference.  So if they didn’t logout I would go to N:\ drive (personal storage) and run the old DOS command attrib +h *.*.  This would hide all their files and then I would put a file in there called readme.now as a PSA about the dangers of not logging out properly signed the Ghost in the Machine.  There was a guy I knew that talked to the college’s networking people, and said they have been having people reporting my antics, and didn’t know who it was to stop it.  I was trying to keep a straight face when he told me this.  He said wasn’t going to tell if I knew.  I told him I did it.  He kinda expected it was me or my friend Jim.  If anyone reading this was a victim of my antics I want to say I am sorry.


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