Talk:2176: How Hacking Works

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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any idea what the title text is referring to? some smash mouth lyrics, maybe? -- // (talk) 13:48, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

The first line of their most popular song, All Star, is "Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me". 13:55, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
welp, i could have figured that out! to my defense, ducking "roll them like this" only brought up the comic itself. Thanks! -- // (talk) 14:06, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
I think Randall is referring to this with himself is the "someone" who warned them. 14:20, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
I doubt that the title text was a reference to this comic, but I've linked to it in the section about the second panel. Thanks! -- // (talk) 14:28, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

I always (not really) thought hacking was more like "My latest scan of the internet found a computer that hasn't updated it's OS or it's antivirus in two months!" "Score! Hack in and steal their money!" 14:56, 15 July 2019 (UTC)SiliconWolf

Usually, the scan immediately installs some virus. Noone is going to manually hacks thousands of machines. -- Hkmaly (talk) 22:43, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Note that you can sort of get the best of both words if, instead of using just common password or just password written on paper, you use password combined from those two. Online hackers wouldn't be able to hack your other accounts because all accounts have different password, while family members wouldn't be able to hack anything because they wouldn't know the common prefix to those passwords written on paper. -- Hkmaly (talk) 22:43, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Nah... I just need to 1) obtain a list of leaked passwords, 2) break into your pad/cubicle to obtain your dead-tree-list of partial passwords, 3) successfully identify the fully expanded one in the former that is the superset of the appropriate partial in the latter, 4) thusly derive the likely transformation you used, 5) apply that to all the other partials to easily h4ck 4ll ov UR 07|-|3|2 |_°9!|\|5 !!!111!!11oneoneone ...6) Profit? 00:09, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

I'm disappointed that the template at the top want authored by "The Sharpest Tool in the Shed." Mootstrap (talk) 02:39, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Anyone has idea why Randall keeps ignoring existence of password managers? 07:31, 16 July 2019 (UTC)