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College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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> and what about address spoofing? it was even easier to do then as it is now

It certainly was... Back in the day, one of the older students kindly showed me how to spoof an email address to make it look like it was someone else was emailing to you. Then some days later I received an email from the rector telling me ”You nasty boy” etc. Of course, I figured out that it was the aforementioned guy emailing me and wrote back ”Ha haa, you fscking guy, you don’t fool me!” and some other quite a bit nastier things. About 17 ns before hitting send, it struck me that the spoof didn’t only spoof name of the sender, but address as well. If my memory serves me, the prankster got an email back from the ’dean’ telling him to stop abusing his email account, or he will be keelhauled.

The rector wasn’t renowed for his great sense of humour. To this day, I wonder what had happened if I had realised it >= 18ns later. I should have sent it anyway x)

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