War Games

From: Sam Ismail <dastar_at_crl.com>
Date: Tue Sep 23 13:51:09 1997

On Tue, 23 Sep 1997, Allison J Parent wrote:

> He did a lot of majik that was technically suspect! Most secure systems
> back then would at best give you three tries at the password and drop you
> and if you tried the account within 15 minutes you were again dropped and
> the timer reset. The was to prevent cracking via successive tries. That
> was an example of commercial systems, secure military would not even have
> outside access that wasn't encrypted and highly secure.

They explained that away in the movie by blaming it on the phone company
for not disconnecting the line several years before like they were
supposed to.

And I don't know of a login paradigm where you can type "HELP GAMES" and
get a list og games to play. How a staff of government programmers could
overlook a security crater opening like that stretches the imagination.

But anyway, if nerds like us made a computer movie nobody would go to see
it because it would be way too over their heads. Not that a technically
plausible movie that is also easy to understand is impossible to make

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Received on Tue Sep 23 1997 - 13:51:09 BST

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