We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers. He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started playing with it. In the process, he figured out how to get total administration access over a network. He put it in a script, and ran it to see what would happen, then went to bed for about four hours. Next morning on the way to work he checked on it, and discovered he was now lord and master of about 50,000 computers. After nearly vomiting in fear he killed the whole thing and deleted all the files associated with it. In the end he said he threw the hard drive into a bonfire. I can’t tell you who he is because he doesn’t want to go to Federal prison, which is what could have happened if he’d told anyone that could do anything about the bug he’d found. Did that bug get fixed? Probably eventually, but not by my friend. This story isn’t extraordinary at all. Spend much time in the hacker and security scene, you’ll hear stories like this and worse.
Once upon a time, when my old government organization's office computers were 1MB Wang workstations tied to a network, I got curious and changed one letter in a DOS command, and found myself in root on our base-level system!
Fascinated, I ran a directory command, and wound up with a link to root on our major command's network. And that gave me the access to the password and user ID file for every base in the command. I printed out the listing for my unit, and the command's computer admins.
I went into our local system, and gave myself the user rights I needed to do my job - not just those the local computer admins thought a lowly clerk needed. (Government superiority complex: You are smarter than anyone who receives less pay than you. Your intelligence is based on your pay grade.)
However, after thinking about it, I wound up shredding the listing and never admitted to anyone that I'd once owned root on an entire major air command.
It's a common fault, though. Government filters for web access look for keywords in English. They never consider that those who speak another language have free rein on images and documents they can view, sites they can visit, etc.
Before I retired, I showed a computer system administrator that I could access any number of verboten porn sites, email systems and other websites, simply by searching for them using a different language. He was totally shocked, but said he would direct what he'd seen up the ladder for the big computer administrators to consider...