More Browser Hacking:
What are some more things that might be interesting? On a
Windows-type server you are more likely to find something interesting
in a directory named "admin."
OK, I confess, the reason "password.txt" is black
instead of blue is that I sneaked a peek. A file like this would
typically have passwords or related information for minor programs
running on the server. For example, porn for pay web sites are
notorious for keeping the passwords of paying customers in files
a hacker can find. Judging from the date of this file, someone
doesn't change passwords very often, either. Why, oh why, do
systems administrators do these things?
You might go to jail warning: In theory,
if a web site offers passwords to the public, even by accident,
the owner of the site shouldn't be able to persuade law enforcement
to go after anyone who uses them. However, you might have to
spend a lot on a lawyer if you get caught using passwords you
found this way in order to make this point. And you still might
lose. What is worse, people under age 18 (at least in the U.S.)
don't have the same legal rights as adults. A kid who abuses
school network passwords found on a web server will get expelled
from school and maybe much worse. Besides, it's creepy to abuse
other people's passwords.