On Thu, 01 Nov 2001, Fergal Daly wrote:
> Saying "anyone" can intercept your credit card number is a bit of an
> exaggeration. It would have to be someone who had superuser access on one of
> the routers between you and the bank's site and they'd have to be capturing
> all traffic to the bank's site and analysing it for requests containing
> people's card numbers.
Well if the subnet you sit on is not switched, the others on the subnet
could do it either. That's important in some places (eg a college,
internet cafe, library). Lot's of very dodgy people playing with stuff on
the UCD network. Not to mention the number of undiscovered hacked
machines which outsiders have effective control over.
I heard a rumour a year or two ago that some engineer (funnily, these
rumours are always about engineers for some reason) who was planting
keypress recorders on public access machines.
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