I’ve been a little, well, uneasy about the fact that I’m connecting to the net through the school server. It’s not that I’m hacking webservers out there or anything — frankly, I wouldn’t be able to do it, even if I wanted to — but it’s just that I don’t like the idea that anyone — even the most sympathetic sysadmin out there in internet-land — can have a look at my internet activity. It’s my own private life, isn’t it? That’s how I feel.
So I recently installed an app called anon-proxy. It’s just a little gidget that supposedly makes your web activities anonymous, though, heck, who knows, maybe it doesn’t work.
But it apparently does something. The University server flagged my PC as being used in a Denial of Service attack to, well, some unknown attack. I have a feeling that the sysadmin just misinterpreted my proxy activity as some kind of DDOS attack. I can’t be sure, though, so I’ll have to check on the Ubuntu Forums, and I may be reinstalling Ubuntu one more time if the verdict is bad. We’ll see. I’m hoping it can wait a few days, till Friday morning at least. This time, I’m definitely going to look into security. I didn’t know backdoor attacks and the like happened to Unix users — I thought it was generally just a Windows thing. Argh! So much to learn!