Wall Street Journal Guide to Hacking

Today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required) published a "helpful" set of tips to those who find their IT Department's desire to keep their network safe and secure or their company's desire to have their employees work during business hours unreasonable or overly restrictive.

To find out whether it's possible to get around the IT departments, we asked Web experts for some advice. Specifically, we asked them to find the top 10 secrets our IT departments don't want us to know. How to surf to blocked sites without leaving any traces, for instance, or carry on instant-message chats without having to download software.

Other tips are on to download blacklisted software onto your network, or cover up the fact that you are using your work computer for non-work activities during work time.

The Journal - to cover its butt - also posted advice on how to keep everything "safe" while you hacked your IT Department's system. Very nice of them.

Of course, the Journal reporter did not interview the Journal's IT Department manager to see what he or she thought of the tips; one can only assume that hacking the Journal's IT network using these tips is an acceptable, if not, endorsed behavior.

So, to all you Journal employees, I say, go for it. Hack away at the chains the Journal's IT Department has shackled you with.

Oh, BTW, if I find any of my personal information has ever been exposed by such hacking - since I am a subscriber to the Journal - I know exactly who I am going to sue. And you know what, I bet you I am going to win.


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Robert Charette
Spotsylvania, Va.
Willie D. Jones
New York City