We were doing another project in my security class which required me to get a copy of LC5, a password cracking utility. The L0phtCrack project was taken over by @stake a couple years back and you could buy it, or test the trial version.
The problem being, when it was offered as a trial, it had to be downloaded from @stake. Any and all links pointed to their server to download it. About 6 months ago, Symantec took over @stake and they decided to change things around a bit, they stopped offering the 14 day trial.
So here I am, looking and looking for a copy of LC5. I must have spent an hour and a half searching the net for a copy. All I could find was cracks upon cracks but no setup file. I found a .torrent file, but it had no seeders.
Finally right before I was about to give up I got smart, this is when the most ingenious ideas pop into your head; I searched for the executable name on google. Low and behold halfway down the search page, in the midst of links to other pages linking back to the non-existent file on @stake’s server, somebody had a directory of files which had the LC5 trial setup. I downloaded it, installed it, and continued with my project. I now plan on burning it to a few cd’s and distrubuting it on a few of my servers so I will hopefully always have a place to download it from should I ever need it.
I can’t believe I wasted that much time because some stupid corporation decided to stop offering trials of its software that cost $600+! Nevermind, yes I can, and thats another reason I don’t use Symantec products!