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Month: March 2018

Re: [trinity-users] my vanishing root partition

From: William Morder <doctor_contendo@...>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:14:03 -0700
> On Monday 19 March 2018 06:23:15 Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> If you've eliminated everything else -- emptied all caches, no file
> system corruption or bad disks, no unusual entries in the logs etc --
> then you may have to consider the possibility that you've been hacked,
> despite all your security. If somebody is using your computer for
> bitcoin mining, that might do it: the block chain exceeded 100GB a few
> years ago.
> Yes, that's 100 gigabytes. Or simply storing their warez on your
> computer, like it's 1999 again :-)

I am checking out the other links concerning tests to run. I'm pretty sure my 
hard disk is not corrupted; I run fsck fairly often. And I doubt it is 
bitcoin mining (although I only know bitcoin from the defensive position). 

I not only block (or attempt to block) bitcoin miners, but also modify my 
hosts file to block all ads, and disable ipv6, etc. 

Richard Stallman keeps telling me that the proper word here is "cracked" 
not "hacked"; and I agree, though I know everybody, including myself, says 
hacked for both good and bad. Anyway, if I have been cracked or hacked, it is 
either through brute force, or somebody got physical access to my computer 
(which I lock down when I leave the house); or maybe by somebody with a lot 
of money and resources. 

Otherwise, my attacker has impressive skills, and his/her/their talents are 
wasted on low-hanging fruit like whatever is on my computer. They really 
ought to consider aiming for bigger targets, as I will just crawl back under 
my rock again. 


It could be that there is somebody out there who found a way in, but I