Wall of Sheep - I see stupid people

july 30, 2005

By Charlie Demerjian


ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of Defcon 13 is the Wall of Sheep. This large projection of stupid people is hard to miss if you are in the chill out room, and it is a lot of fun.

What they do is post usernames and enough of a password for the terminally stupid to realise that they are serious, but not enough to give it all away. The sheer number of them at a place where people should know better is really frightening.

The places where they log in to, companies that should know better but don't implement the most basic security measures, is more frightening.

The WoS is projected on the wall, but the controlling laptop is more photogenic.

Now, the last thing you want to see is your name or login up on the WoS, it is embarrassing to say the least. If you get your picture up on it, as a few special people did, you probably should pack up and go home early.

We know this guy, a Cisco network engineer had a login of Roland.Dobbins, but we are still trying to figure out who he really is. It would be very embarrassing if it got out, but we do know what he looks like.

Other people who were pointed out include a Harvard Law person checking his or her mail, and someone from a big three accounting firm logging into work in the clear. There were Apple people aplenty, and a few people logging into their porn accounts. DOH! Now, I can sympathise a little with smaller network operator and home users not being 100% secure, but Cisco, Harvard and a F100 computer consulting firm? Come on people, you should fire your network staff and get someone marginally competent.

Still, if people displayed more common sense than a rotting piece of roadkill, Defcon would not nearly be entertaining, as the t-shirt says, 'I see stupid people'. Well, this time around, you may not see them, but thanks to the good folk at the wall of sheep, you at least know who they are.

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