MISUSE OF THE VAX
the VAX: hacking; trivial or obscene electronic mail; use of the printers
to print nonsense; and so on. All staff and students are subject to
College Rules, and the relevant Ordinance is printed below.
The computer is an expensive tool to acquire, maintain and support and
mischievious activities such as those mentioned above interfere seriously
friend; but if several people are doing this together, it will slow down
the response time for somebody trying to complete a serious project
against a deadline. And the message may remain in somebody's electronic
mailbox for some time, using valuable disc space.
Giving somebody else a 'spare' user ID and password that you
examples where hackers have got on to the system this way and then
attempted to destroy files.
Printing a "picture" on the lineprinter may be entertaining, but
f it's not part of your studies then it is wasting paper, and adding to
the College computer paper bill (which was #13,000 last year).
As a College Disciplinary Officer, I have to consider any misuse which
comes to my attention. A guilty person will be subject to a penalty which
may be a reprimand, a fine not exceeding #50, a suspension of privileges
or any or all of these.
Misuse of electronic mail is automatically punished by withdrawal of
electronic mail privilege.
One or two miscreants have told me they didn't realise that what they were
they were doing.
The purpose of this message is to make it clear beyond all doubt that ANY
USE OF COLLEGE COMPUTING EQUIPMENT IS AGAINST COLLEGE RULES IF IT
HERE TO ENGAGE IN.
- Don't tell anyone your password. Change it frequently, say once a
term at least.
- Don't use anyone else's user ID and password, ever.
- Don't encourage or help hackers.
- Don't use electronic mail unless you need it for your work.
- Don't even attempt to log in to computers which you are not entitled
- Don't attempt to read, copy or execute other people's files without
- Don't ever attempt to alter or delete someone else's files.
- Think twice before you print ANYTHING on the printer: do you really
need it for your work?
John S. Hornsby,
Director, Computing Laboratory.
ORDINANCE ON COMPUTER SECURITY
(Approved by Council on June 25th, 1988)
"It is forbidden to make unauthorised use of College computing equipment;
to obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorised access to data whether it be