[Ads-l] Antedating of "own"

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Sun Sep 25 05:55:42 EDT 2016


Somewhere in the back of my head, I sense the presence of Charles Fort, and the
phrase, "We are cattle!"

Nah?

Robin Hamilton

(Quiche eater, way back when)

> 
>     On 25 September 2016 at 10:33 Hugo <hugovk at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 
>     own, v.
> 
>     OED sense 8b (25 Nov 1997): To compromise or gain unauthorized
>     administrative control over (a computer, network, etc.). Esp. in to
>     get owned: to become compromised in this way. Cf. sense1b, and hack
>     v.1 20c.
> 
>     1996 June 21, The Happiest Dragon Alive!!, “Re: An unusual situation”,
>     in , Usenet, message-ID <4qe8pc$8ti at nerd.apk.net>:
> 
>     [Begin]
>     servername:~# vi /etc/motd
>     (add to motd:)
>     "TH15 5Y5T3M 15 0WN3D"
>     [End]
> 
> 
>    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/alt.sysadmin.recovery/IsdIZqfW_sM/9UTRiIoSy74J
> 
>     It's a reply to a system administrator asking for pranks to leave
>     behind after leaving their job. This suggestion is to leave a
>     leetspeak message in the motd file, a message of the day shown after
>     someone logs in. A related meaning of owning is to have permission to
>     access files or folders on a computer system, and a hacker may leave
>     behind such a message to demonstrate and brag they've gained access.
> 
>     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motd_(Unix)
>     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owned
> 
>     Hugo
> 
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