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It all started yesterday... After logging onto RE, doing my daily sports betting and checking the forums, I began browsing the eggs. A good bit of them were crap, as usual, but I always try and take the time to read and rate them fairly.
That's when I stumbled on fattard's egg about loading passwords and login information. Looking through it, I was surprised someone would just hastily scribble out his login information and passwords. When I reached one of the final images, I had to stop and laugh as fattard completely forgot to block out one of his passwords.
Like a shark smelling water, I went to work. Sadly, I noticed that someone had already beat me to breaking into sup#%!@'s account. However, I refused to give up.
Pasting the image files into Paint Shop Pro, I studied the images carefully. I had the important password, I just needed the email address. I noticed bits of letters, but sadly, I could not make out what they said. Again, I refused to give up. When Lady Luck bends over, you don't just turn the other cheek... you hit that shit!
Anyway, using some other text that was readable, I matched the font type and font size perfectly. I tested this by lining a matching piece of text over top of the background image.
Armed with this simple tool as my mighty weapon, I discovered two of the email addresses that matched were almost definitely the same one, since most people don't have a million email addresses. I also noticed the top of one was fairly visible as was the bottom of the other. Cutting the top of one, I pasted it and carefully maneuvered it over top of the other, lining it up using the @ symbol.
With just a few pixels of the top and bottom, I zoomed in a few more sizes and began attempting to decipher the letters, typing them onto the screen in the matching font.
When I reached what I believed to be the correct email address, I tested it out on his homestead account, which I knew he had from the egg. Sadly it failed and I knew I had messed up. I began running through the letters and after another wrong guess, I matched the email address up and logged in! My "hacking" had worked!
Unfortunately, his homestead account was about to expire and he had never done anything with it, so I just tossed in a few changes, saved them and logged out. I then decided to check if the username and password matched an RE account.
Actually, I was pretty sure it would, but I figured it would be sup#%!@. Luckily, my try paid off as I logged in successfully to fattard's account! Of course, I changed his default image. :)
I then attempted to post on the forums, but sadly they were down at the time. Afraid I wouldn't get the opportunity, I logged into the chat and print screened again...
Angered that I couldn't get a post up on the forums, I created a new primary image for fattard and logged out to see if I could post from my account. I couldn't yet, because the forums were still down, but I did print screen his profile from my account...
Finally, I managed to get into the forums as myself and then logged in as fattard for a bit of fun on the In My Opinion board (fattard is still a noob and can't post in General Discussion).
Overall, it was a fun experience deciphering the "code". I decided to play nice and not mess with fattard's points, say he was gay in the forum, make a spegg, etc. I even let him know I was in his account and suggested he change the pics or dl the egg and also to change his passwords.
Obviously, there's a lesson to this... don't give anyone (let alone a stranger) half a chance or they'll mess with your stuff.
Oh, and fattard was pretty cool about it after added him as a friend (then allowed from his account, lol) and sent him a message letting him know what I did. Although, he had no idea how I even managed to get into his account.
Anyway... don't be a fattard :)