Phish tank

Or, Internet of (fish) Shit:

The fish tank had sensors connected to a PC that regulated the temperature, food and cleanliness of the tank.

"Somebody got into the fish tank and used it to move around into other areas (of the network) and sent out data," said [someone who, with a straight face, calls themself] director of cyber intelligence.

The casino's name and the type of data stolen were not disclosed in the report for security reasons, he said. The report said 10 GB of data were sent out to a device in Finland.

This story has the traditional structure of every urban legend ever, and appears to be sourced to a single press release by company who sell anti-malware software, making it even more suspect. But, it sounds "truthy".

The Mosaic Communications Fishcam was never compromised, for the record.

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11 Responses:

  1. David Hoover says:

    The Mosaic Communications Fishcam was never compromised, for the record.

    That you know. Sits on his cache of decades-old fishsploits

  2. Gilbert says:

    IIRC, the Mosaic Communications Fishcam largely ran repeat (excuse me, "syndicated") fish through a lot of '99 and '00, because when it broke not enough people knew how to fix it.

  3. mreeves says:

    The person who broke into the fishtank sent the data to fin land?
    That sounds like the punchline to an awful shaggy dog story.

  4. NT says:

    The fishcam may not have been compromised, but it saw some compromising things.

    • Paul Rain says:

      Of the 'on a photocopier' variety? Or of the 'execs mouthing the syllables of their passwords' variety?

  5. Owen says:

    By God, the fishcam. When I was in high school in 1996, it was the pinnacle of Internet coolness. I showed it to everyone.

  6. dz-015 says:

    It would be nice to have links to jump to a particular screen saver on your XScreenSaver: Screenshots page since there are so many in the collection. Have you considered adding id attributes to the div elements on that page where class="thumbox"? Adding anchor elements with the name attribute would also do the trick.

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