Note to self:
Next time I want to deface a website(hosted by Eircom), just put Kae
Verens address in the From: header and Email Eircom :p
If it's something personal, I usually just get the person to verify
some information that only they should know.
One time a company rang me up, started asking confirmation
questions(to make sure I was Rory Browne). I refused to answer them,
on the grounds that I had no way of knowing that they were who they
said they were. They authenticated themselves(using information only
they would know) - and then forgot about authenticating me.
Another time in college, someone was coming around the computer suites
asking for Student ID's. Most people simply showed their ID's, but
being (a) paranoid(college library used DOB's as PIN codes), and (b)
in a bad mood, I asked him to confirm that the was a member of staff
or security - much to my amusement - he told me that he had left his
Staff ID in his office. He pointed out his picture on the staff
website, though, and I showed him my ID then .
On 6/9/05, Kae Verens <kae at verens.com> wrote:
> Rick Moen wrote:
>> >I said, "Sir, I certainly mean no offence, and it's certainly highly
> >likely that you're calling from the Sunnyvale Police Department on
> >official business, but you're asking for possibly sensitive information,
> >and so far I know you only as a voice on a telephone." He offered me
> >his direct telephone number, but I reminded him that, for the same
> >reason, I'd prefer to be transferred to him from the Sunnyvale PD main
>> That's exactly the kind of paranoia that I like to cultivate here in
> work. Unfortunately, there is a clash sometimes between the effort
> involved in authenticating a call from scratch (look up the number on
> their website, call, and ask to be transfered), and the time (and
> therefore, the monetary value) involved in completing the request. In
> some cases, we need to make a decision whether to "just do it", or
> insist on the procedure.
>> I notice, for example, that I can get Eircom to change DNS information
> by just emailing them. As far as I remember, I've never been asked to
> authenticate that I have adminstrative rights for such domains, though.
> I guess, as a professional in the web industry, I have somehow inherited
> a certain authority and they respect that I wouldn't abuse that... hmm...
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