New Server Box at Work

I have been quite busy over the past few days because Xplan is putting up a new co-location server with Pacific Internet. It is a dual-Athlon MP 1700+ with the cutting edge Mandrake in an Aopen 2RU box, and it will be the new Internet presence of Xplan. During the past few days, we've been installing and configuring the hardware and software - fun but tedious process. Anyway, the main HTTP, SMTP and IMAP services should be switched over yesterday, and hopefully everything is secure...

Talking about hacking and security, in fact within 3 hours of installing the box in the data centre, someone from .cn (China) is trying to hack us. Actually, over the next few hours, many fake HTTP connections came to us from the .cn domain. With one of guy, I simply did a nmap to find out that he is actually running Windoze, and then with some SMB utilities, I found out that buddy did not lock his door (anonymous access with no password) to his C drive! Being a nice guy, I simply upload an empty file titled "YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN CRACKED, PLEASE PUT PASSWORD IN YOUR WINDOWS SHARE" to that guy's desktop. There are just so many people on the Internet that uses Windows and share their folders with other people on the LAN, but did not bother to put a password or shield it from the Internet! Sigh...