10 January 2008

You want help with what?!?!?

What an interesting evening it has been. I was at work, trying to clear the dust from the latest management shakeup, and one of the former (teehee) managers who's looking for another job came up to me and asked, "Can you help me with some penetration testing?"

Now, you would all be proud of me, because I was keeping a straight face and not bursting into laughter. It was taking all I had, but I was just managing to hold it in. Then, Mark, of "no nat" fame, turned around and said to me, "Did you just hear what I heard?"

That did it.

I was lying on the floor, unable to breathe through my laughter, while Mark continued a silly string of puns. I knew what Habeeb was talking about... Penetration testing is when you test the security of a firewall by trying to penetrate it with different types of unwanted traffic. But I couldn't tell that to Mark, because I was on the floor trying to breathe.

Eventually, I was able to think enough unhappy thoughts that I could function again. I thought I would be alright, so I went over to Habeeb and was going to talk briefly about the dangers of studying any form of hacking in a corporate environment. If you do anything questionable on a company's network, you stand a good chance of both losing your job and spending some time in prison. Companies are funny about that sort of thing. So I asked him, "What are you planning to penetrate?"

That's when I lost it again. And it's all Mark's fault!

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