Stories by Brooks Talley & Mark Pace

Test Center Rx

Brooks: We saw a plethora of interesting questions in 1999. We looked at everything from bit-wise issues in packet headers to political issues in the IT department. This week we'd like to take a look at some new products and technologies that may help address some of our most frequent technology-related questions. There's probably not much that can be done about the political ones.

Column: Test Center Rx

I believe that my workstation has been hacked. My workstation is connected to an internal LAN and has an assigned IP address. All the workstations are connected to individual floor-port numbers and are somehow connected in the data center to similar numbers and to the servers and operating systems. My problem is that I believe my PC or my IP address was used to access the Internet without my knowledge. I cannot believe this is impossible, as I have been told. I am being held accountable for the Internet accesses that I never accessed. Please assist me in determining whether it is possible to hijack a workstation or IP address on an internal LAN, whether my workstation or IP address could be used by the system administrator or other person without my knowledge, and how any evidence (that my PC was used by someone else) could be traceable.