There is no such thing as a stupid question

I get a number of interesting phone calls, or questions via email. A few months ago a woman called and wanted my help – she said the Government was spying on her through her computer.  She was very worked up.  She wasn’t exactly stable, I could tell.  So I recommended that she unplugged her computer, and put it in the garage.  She thanked me.

Then tonight I get an email from a person asking me, “If I remote desktop into a server on the Internet, I can’t be tracked, right?”

I explained to him that IP addresses are easy to track, and even the server he was connecting to had log files.

His next email said, “But I control the server, so I can delete the logs”.

Anyone see his logic in this?

Anyone think he can hide anything?

What was his incorrect assumption (there were a few, let’s see what you come up with).


  1. Robert says:

    Of course, if he cleared the logs then there would be a log of where he cleared the logs. Funny how that works.

  2. Paul – he thought he could surf to the remote server (at his office, I am assuming), and then surf from there and nobody would know it was him – because he wasn’t actually surfing from his home machine.

    At least I think that’s what he was getting at.

  3. Why would he care about being tracked while remote-desktopping into his own server to begin with?

  4. šŸ™‚ Deannie – exactly! Somehow this guy thinks he is a brilliant hacker when in fact, he is just a hack šŸ˜‰

  5. Well, the server logs are only the beginning. Router logs, ISP logs and of course his own stupid personal machine. Then of course, there are the FBI, CIA and NSC logs that are created when rogue admins do kooky things (right?). I mean Sydney Bristow could probably hack into his computer right now with her iPaq. And his little server too!