One giant boing for mankind

1337 h@x0r 0wnz0rs himself

This is just beautiful: A moronic script-kiddie, while boasting about his mad coding skillz, was conned into erasing his own hard drive.

“bitchchecker”, the idiot in question, was in an IRC room and thought he’d been thrown out by the moderator, “Elch”. He demanded that Elch reveal his IP address so that bitcchecker could attack him. Elch gave him the address — which was actually bitchchecker’s computer, though bitchchecker was too stupid to actually know this. Thus, bitchchecker launched a ferocious drive-erasing attack against himself, gloating as he watched his “victim’s” hard drive evaporate — then abruptly blinking offline when his computer died.

There’s a funny story about it here, and Elch saved a copy of the chat online. He’s an excerpt, slightly edited to aid comprehension:

<Elch> You’re a real computer expert

<bitchchecker> shut up i hack you

<Elch> ok, i’m quiet, hope you don’t show us how good a hacker you are ^^

<bitchchecker> tell me your network number man then you’re dead

<Elch> Eh, it’s

<Elch> or maybe

<Elch> yes exactly that’s it: I’m waiting for you great attack

<bitchchecker> in five minutes your hard drive is deleted

<bitchchecker> elch you idiout your hard drive g: is deleted

<Elch> yes, there’s nothing i can do about it

<bitchchecker> and in 20 seconds f: is gone

<bitchchecker> and d: is at 45% you idiot lolololol

<bitchchecker> your d: is gone

<bitchchecker> elch man you’re so stupid never give your ip on the internet

<bitchchecker> i’m already at c: 30 percent

* bitchchecker (~java@euirc-9ff3c180.dip.t-dialin.net) Quit (Ping timeout#)

(Thanks to Morgan for this one!)

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