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Tuesday, 24 February 2004, 8:20 PM EST

One morning I pulled on hat and sweater bearing the logo of a well-known telecom company, printed up a fake work order, and headed off to the offices of one of my clients.

With my pseudo-official outfit and scrap of paper, I managed to make my way past security and into the room housing the company's telecommunications hub. A few keystrokes later I had downloaded every username and password on the system and had complete access to every account, file, mailbox and computer on the network.

Luckily for the company, I was working for them as an ethical hacker and security consultant. Unluckily for them, anyone with enough desire, access to a printer, and a few dollars for wardrobe could have done the same.

By Robert Masse at Globetechnology.

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