Going Postal

	From: Gary Brown (hgbj@yahoo.com)
	To: root@attrition.org
	Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 23:34:31 -0500
	Subject: challenge

	I've got a challenge for you, be it minor I know, but it would be a great
	service.  Listen our physics professor has decided to go to a web based
	homework, so
	that he doesn't have to do any work.  We have to answer correctly or it
	takes points off...and you can even get negative points if you geuss too
	many times.  Is there any way you and your buddies could hack the site so I
	could get all the answers and share with the class.  Or an all access
	password to change the problems????  The address is http://hw.ph.utexas.edu


Hi, Gary. I'm a bit slow, so let me basically reiterate what you're asking, just to see if I have it right. You're unable to break into a university web site yourself, and the reason you want it broken into in the first place is that you're either too lazy or too incompetent to do your homework correctly yourself. In other words, you don't know things -- hacking, physics -- and you aren't interested in learning them. You are, however, willing to solicit complete strangers to commit an illegal act -- possibly a felony -- against a government-owned machine across state lines on your behalf. You, sir, are not only stupid, you're insane. And that's the most polite way I can think of to tell you no. I would also strongly suggest that you give a great deal of soul-searching before you send out more mail to people you don't know asking them to commit a crime for you. One of these days someone might turn you in. Hope this helps. /dev/null