What goes on at 4 am?
The fall of sophomore year, I had yet another encounter with the Furman administration. It began like many other nights at Furman, sitting in the library… (Let it be known that if it weren’t for the shear desperation for fun that Furman has created within me, this story would’ve never happened.) I was sitting in the library on a computer, not doing anything when this idea struck me “there has to be some website that makes you look like you are hacking computers”. I proceeded to type into the google search bar “website that makes you look like you are hacking a computer”. The first website that popped up was hackertyper.com and it did exactly what I wanted it to. Basically the site just pulls up a screen that looks like the command screen on a windows computer, and then you can just start hitting whatever keys you want on the keyboard and it will start spitting out what I assume is something along the lines of hacker code. Also, if you push ‘caps lock’ 3 times fast, a box will pop up saying “access denied” and if you push ‘alt’ 3 times fast, a box that says “access granted” will pop up on the screen. I immediately took to work feverishly slapping the keys and getting pure enjoyment out of looking like I was hacking a computer. After 10 minutes or so of messing around on the website, I decided to go get my roommate, Mel, to show him my awesome discovery. I brought him back over to the computer I was on and began demonstrating it to him. With just the slightest bit of discussion, we knew we had to try to prank someone. Our victim just happened to be some kid that was sitting at a table just a few feet behind us. We discussed a plan and then took action. Mel left the area for about five minutes and then returned where he proceeded to talk just loud enough for our victim to hear, saying stuff like, “Can you switch that B- in Spanish to an A-” and “No, don’t make it an A, that’s too obvious”. I also sprinkled my own touch of words such as “I’ve broken into the system main frame” and “I’ve overridden the firewall”. Our victim then came over to the computer right next to us in an attempt to better here what we were saying. At that point, we picked up the sketchiness to the max. It ended with Mel handing me 20$ and saying, “Thanks for the help, lets do business again” and leaving the area. Now I’m going to skip to the end. Mel and I were back sitting at a table next to a window at the right side of the library when I spotted 5 Furman police officers and Dean of Students, Jason Cassidy, coming right at our table. They did some spread formation and surrounded us from all sides. One of the officers that got their first said, “We’re going to need to speak to you boys over here for a second. We’ve seen some hacking taking place on our servers.” Mel and I began to laugh hysterically and explain the situation. Some of the cops couldn’t even keep it together.