From: first last (lookingforhelp911@yahoo.com) To: jericho@attrition.org Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 03:42:49 -0700 (PDT) Subject: HELP I'm looking for a knowledgeable computer person to hire. It's for something harmless but very important to me could you help with any suggestions it would be very much appreciated, THANKS!! --HELP911

From: security curmudgeon (jericho@attrition.org) To: first last (lookingforhelp911@yahoo.com) Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 15:46:55 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: HELP : I'm looking for a knowledgeable computer person to hire. It's for : something harmless but very important to me could you help with any : suggestions it would be very much appreciated, THANKS!! : --HELP911 That is a bit vague..

From: first last (lookingforhelp911@yahoo.com) To: security curmudgeon (jericho@attrition.org) Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 07:58:44 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Re: HELP Sorry for the vague email that I last sent let me try to explain, I am a college student that has been struggling with college math for the past 3 years first I took elementary algebra then intermediate algebra and now I can not get out of college algebra for the life of me. I have completed my program except for my math course and if I never complete it which that's the way it seems it's going I will never get my degree. So what I am looking for if it is possible is for somehow to into my file and for it to show that I have taking and passed the college algebra. I don't know if this is something that is possible, I'm am not very good with computers so I don't know what can and can't be done and perhaps I have seen to many movies I'm just looking for help. So that's what I'm looking for. Please forgive me if this is a stupid question that is being asked but when a person get desperate a person looks for anything that could help. Thanks for you time.

From: security curmudgeon (jericho@attrition.org) To: first last (lookingforhelp911@yahoo.com) Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2005 08:26:29 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Re: HELP : Sorry for the vague email that I last sent let me try to explain, I am a : college student that has been struggling with college math for the past : 3 years first I took elementary algebra then intermediate algebra and : now I can not get out of college algebra for the life of me. I have : completed my program except for my math course and if I never complete : it which that's the way it seems it's going I will never get my degree. : So what I am looking for if it is possible is for somehow to into my : file and for it to show that I have taking and passed the college : algebra. I don't know if this is something that is possible, I'm am not : very good with computers so I don't know what can and can't be done and : perhaps I have seen to many movies I'm just looking for help. So that's : what I'm looking for. Please forgive me if this is a stupid question : that is being asked but when a person get desperate a person looks for : anything that could help. Thanks for you time. I'm not going to bullshit you (which I would normally do for random mails actually), but this is basically a movie thing. Yes, it is possible to break into a system and get access to grades, maybe change them, maybe do so in several computers so it would actually work and not be noticed the next day. However, you are talking about a fairly dedicated job that would take a lot of information and be risky. This isn't just a casual hacking job or one done in an hour or two unless your college is wide open, in which case you should probably find a better college anyway. I sympathize with your math problems. The only class I failed in college was an early math class. You had to get past some serious math three or four years into your program before you could hope to get a professor, let alone one that spoke English as a first language. My college expected me to learn algebra and beyond from teaching assistants who couldn't order a burger from a fast food joint, let alone communicate complex math problems to freshmen and sophomores. By the time I could figure out what they were saying, I had no time to figure out and learn the math they were trying to teach. The system sucked in big ways and was completely unfair. Anyway, my advice to you is twofold; 1) don't solicit complete strangers to commit felonies for you, as it may bite you in the ass worse than a failing grade in algebra 2) you could pay for a dozen math tutors and learn the math for the same price as you could hire a *reliable* hacker to do what you need.