Bypass school security

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Mar 28, 2011

Bypass school security by Wizerzak at 6:23 PM (2,567 Views / 0 Likes) 31 replies

  1. Wizerzak
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    OK, my school is really scrict and alert when it comes to security and playing games, theres like 1 or 2 flash game websites but they really suck, I can't even play Minecraft! So, I was thinking of some ways around this:

    > Somebody I know has already tried a proxy server and got caught, they monitor everything we're doing and log it all.

    > One option is to bring a Ubuntu disc in and boot it off of that. But they might have blocked the boot settings in BIOS (can you do this?) and also, if a teacher comes round, it's kinda obvious.

    > Set my home PC up as a remote server, it would be slow I know but way better. Is there an easy way to do this without being traced?

    > Can you think of any others?

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    if you want to use your pc as a remote thing, you can always use teamviewer ( you have a web version and a installation version and i think there are portable versions too ( those you can take in a pen and use them, basically you can install it to the pen and just run it from there) )

    i always use teamviewer when in school so i can acess my computer [​IMG]
     
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    use google translate and load the site
    i was skeptical but it works rofl
    iuno if it will work with ur school but it works on mine
     
  5. Urza

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    Vidalia + FoxyProxy
     
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    You've said they monitor everything and keep logs. Proxy servers won't work well under such an environment. Setting up your PC as a remote server is almost exactly the same as using a proxy. The only difference is there's a slim chance you can get away with a remote desktop sharing site (I assume apps like LogMeIn would be blocked), in which case you'd be doing nothing more than streaming input and display from the comp. This is also easy to discover/monitor/block, so you won't be able to rely on it.

    A Live Disc is unlikely to work for anything other than local games (you probably won't be able to get internet from it), and you should know the limits of the support for games on Linux. It is easy to stop that being possible in BIOS, but that depends on if BIOS has been set up for that (I don't know enough about ghost image installations to know if it can set up BIOS too). As you said, it'd be obvious if a teacher looked, and there's no real way to hide that.

    A Live USB environment is another possibility, similar to a Live Disc, but I've never managed to get it working. It's also easy to prevent.

    You could try the most common method - hack an Admin, but that's easy to detect and can land you in a lot of trouble (even if you show the Admin in question how you did it).

    My own method when dealing with monitoring programs is to use a specially designed overlay. When an Admin attempts to monitor the computer I worked at, it would either show a frozen desktop image (making it look like it was on but the user was AFK) or just black-screen him (my preferred version, since it would make him think there's something wrong with the system/service and not suspect me straight away). There are also virus-esque programs to freeze logging protocols, but I never used them because I wanted to leave evidence (what's the fun in hacking school computers if you don't leave evidence as a means to getting the Admins to fix up the holes in their security).

    Bottom line, unless you're good, it's easy to find out whenever you try and do something you're not supposed to. And if they're good, they'll catch you anyway. For every trick a schoolkid stumbles across in trying to get around security, a technician should already know about them and find ways to prevent it as part of their job. They work at it all day (in theory), where as kids famously give up if it's too hard.

    Better solution: take a laptop or tablet of your own to school to play games on. You'll have to hide it from kids and teachers alike (both like to confiscate your shiny toys), but there'll be nothing to stop you playing games. EDIT: Actually, as FAST suggested, a handheld is a good idea (runs along the same lines anyway), and is easier to hide from teachers.
     
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    I will leave the discussion to others for now (VNC is better than using your machine as a (proxy?) server as VNC just looks like data traffic (and secure traffic at that) rather than HTTP requests that proxies usually well proxy. You say they are really scrict and alert but if you can use proxies then it is actually less harsh than some of the setups I went up against (they quite often use proxies of their own- one reason the internet there might drop out or be painfully slow at points).

    *if you are going to go down the VNC route you said flash games so that is not ideal but consider something like SSH instead and something like lynx instead. They might not be able to read it but watching a bandwidth monitor it becomes fairly obvious and if they look then the volume. frequency, destination and type of traffic is going to be nothing like conventional web traffic.

    Also liveCD versions of windows exist with bartpe being one. Such things assume they did things the silly way and have monitoring software client side rather than at a switch (one even had it run at login time- all well and good as interception was not viable until you considered you could access help files via the print menu on tooltips/right click help and thus explorer from the login screen- I think MS blocked this though for XP) or worse used the standard windows proxy settings to route it through their own proxy though.

    The real reason I seem to be replying- most of the time people do not disable DVD booting (I assume there is no press f8 to select boot device option) but stick the DVD drive lower in the boot order so if the hard drive would happen to be unavailable it will usually fall back to that. USB and firewire booting is more common actually to be disabled though.

    My suggestion- get a handheld. You can pick up a GBA for next to nothing and flash carts are not that expensive if you do not want to risk losing a DS or PSP (I probably should include phones as well but I am not going to).
     
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    its more likely that all outging ports are blocked
    they have this at my school, even when I login into wi-fi with my laptop steam, minecraft, all other online games can never connect to the server
    I cant upload anything either to upload file sites
     
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    They could have set the boot order to boot from HDD first, and protected the BIOS with a password. Check that.

    Otherwise, see if you can get Virtualbox Portable running.
     
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    Fuck flash games.

    Do something like:

    1. Boot Linux live CD/USB (if the bios is locked look for a key to open boot menu directly instead).
    2. Mount windows partition.
    3. Replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe in system32.
    4. Reboot.
    5. Press shift five times at login screen.
    6. 'net users administrator *'.
    7. Enter twice for blank password.
    8. Login as administrator with blank password.
    9. Install some real fucking games.
    10. Play the fuck out of said real fucking games.
    11. ???
    12. Profit.

    From experience of doing something equivalent to this at every school I've ever gone to, no one has ever given half a fuck. Then again, it seems like stuff like this in general is more serious business in the US and UK, at least that's the impression I've gotten from seeing people posting about situations similar to yours.
     
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    Seriousness depends entirely on school policy. When I started in High School, there was no security to speak of. At the end of the second year, I gave 3 teachers a quick lesson (only took about 7 minutes to get through everything) in how to break Windows (pre-XP - it was easy) and render the computer virtually unuseable (I had a floppy disk with a version of Win95 that worked, but that's about it). Over that summer, they upgraded to XP and gave the entire system an actual level of security that prevented a lot of kids from messing around. By the time I left school, a game of cat-and-mouse between me and the techies (them patching holes, me finding new ones) resulted in a fairly solid security. Didn't stop kids from downloading porn (and other stuff) at any opportunity, but it did stop them being able to hack into the network and find the one unofficial computer that happened to have files containing every student's usernames and passwords (I warned them about that too, but in the end they thought that if an honest student like myself was the only one that knew about it, they didn't have to worry).
     
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    What about paying attention and doing your assignments in school instead of goofing off? I mean, how well you do in school will affect what school you get into and ultimately how much money you make in life. Good students will do well in college and in their careers. I have a very high paying job and can buy any video game crap that I want.
     
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    School is one of the worst ways to get a high-paying job. Its for people who don't have enough talent to secure work without a paper documenting their tedious studying.
     
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    That's all well and good for the people who take an entire lesson to complete their assignment, but what about those who complete it in the first 10 minutes? Or those who complete an entire weeks worth of assignments in half an hour? What are we supposed to do whilst waiting for the rest of class to catch up?

    Then again, I've seen many kids who can't work so fast and yet still play around regardless. Maybe school just isn't fun for kids anymore, and they need their games to get a release from their schoolwork. Escapism...
     
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    Spend the free time learning about things which will actually help you succeed in life, instead of the useless drivel the public education system forces upon you.

    Just because some minimum-wage instructor doesn't tell you to do it, doesn't mean you shouldn't.
     
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    Unfortunately the teachers didn't know of any useful resources to encourage a thriving genius. All they knew was to sign me up for a special math/logic test every year, and every year I would get the best in school award, but they never had anything else for me so they left me to my own devices. That meant hacking the school systems and eventually writing my first novel and getting half way through my second. If they had signed me up for the Mensa program, I might've had more fun in school... bit late for that now.

    In retrospect, I don't expect any more than that from a public school.
     
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    At one time I had the same mindset at school (*insert long, pointless story here*) but eventually reality set in and I realized:

    * The trouble you can get yourself into is quite a big deal, and could become a burden later on.
    * Why bother screwing around with school computers when I have my own, unrestricted, decent computer at home.
     
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    But what about the techs seeing the program before it gets a chance to run?
     
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    * The trouble you can get yourself into is quite a big deal, and could become a burden later on.

    Possibly, on the other hand no better way to gain some experience (unless the being caught aspect as opposed to getting away with it) and depending on the would be employer that shows a bit more nous than Johnny just spent 3 years pissing around with java. I will concede that some US legal cases have gone ever so slightly overboard (even for the US legal system) on matters of messing around with computers in school so it might be worth holding back a bit.

    * Why bother screwing around with school computers when I have my own, unrestricted, decent computer at home.

    Experience- hacking your own machine and to some extent pulling existing code apart for the sake of it is a bit like playing a game of chess against yourself. A nice thought exercise but in practice not that useful. Messing with a possibly hostile production environment with actual aims on the other hand is far more useful.


    "But would it be possible to install a game (not steam) onto a usb drive and play from that?"
    There are some interesting low end steam methods (the actual running being taken care of by the myriad of steam cracks available and them being somewhat portable as a result).
    Your main problem is unless your school does proper CAD (not traditionally taught before they give you unrestricted access) the chances are you have bunch of dell machines with integrated intel graphics chips which..... well you play games.


    "but i don't like the risk of the librarian (she's a ninja i swear) of walking up from behind"
    You spend your working life in a place traditionally kept quiet and you tend to develop light feet.


    "Prt Scr button whilst watching a movie"
    Try disabling hardware acceleration.
     

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