By now a lot of people in the world are ... / 2010-02-24

2010-02-24 By now a lot of people in the world are ...
By now a lot of people in the world are aware of the case of a US, Pennsylvania school was accused of using webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home without their consent (via Slashdot). A lot of theories and weird stories are going around but I found a good technical explanation: The Spy at Harrington High - Stryde Hax who as a bystander and with his technical background has done a thorough analysis of the techniques used and the stance of the people involved in this matter. Good reading material for those who are actually interested in what was really happening.
The original story seems to be turning into this 'Only in America' story: School spying scandal gets even more bizarre - Slashdot:
The student in question that was disciplined for an "improper act" was apparently accused of either drug use or drug selling. Turns out he was eating Mike & Ike candy, not popping pills.
If you want to detect LANRev Agent on a system, Network Fingerprint for LANRev Agent - Stryde Hax has the answer.

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