So ... I was in the Cook County Court in Rolling Meadows, IL Monday morning.
The reason doesn't matter ... OK, I had a "great driver" citation I had to take care of ... but as I was called up to the counter I started getting that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.
As I glanced over to my left, as she was typing, I noticed a few things. First, her machine was running Windows XP, which I guess isn't all that bad considering the pace of change in local government and technology. I mean, didn't they just get off of rotary phones like last year?
Next, I noticed that the screen she was typing into was one of those emulated VT100 screens, running some proprietary terminal application connected to a server at 10.100.101.98 on port ...*facepalm*... port 23.
That's right kids, this was my vehicle and drivers history all at her fingertips over telnet.
Now - before I freaked out I reminded myself that this was a closed-ended network ...and that it was probably pretty hard to get onto their network... that is until curiosity got the best of me and I turned my iPhone's WiFi antenna on... and found that there were 4 networks in range, one appropriately titled "Clerk_Gen" running ...wait for it ... WEP encryption.
Alright, I stopped short of hopping onto their network and connecting to that VT100 terminal to find anything I could ... but how hard would that be? I mean, seriously? They're using telnet obviously clear-text and they're using WEP encryption for their wireless access points?
I give up.