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*Similarly, R2-D2 was able to determine that [[Leia Organa]] was a prisoner on the station and where she was being held, but he could not locate an exit from her cell block other than the main entrance, and he admitted that much of the information he sought was restricted.<ref>''[[Star Wars: A New Hope]]''</ref>
 
*Similarly, R2-D2 was able to determine that [[Leia Organa]] was a prisoner on the station and where she was being held, but he could not locate an exit from her cell block other than the main entrance, and he admitted that much of the information he sought was restricted.<ref>''[[Star Wars: A New Hope]]''</ref>
  
Taken together, these incidents indicate that Imperial networks have "guest" accounts that provide unnecessary access to some systems, and a proficient hacker can exploit these accounts. It also suggests that some confidential information is handled carelessly, indicating poor enforcement of security procedures. R2-D2's interface equipment resembles the end of the Imperial Code cylinders hinting that part of the process of his hacking a system is mimicking the information on one of those devises (possibly after reading a cylinder from one of the dead officers in that room)This does not mean it's his only way of gaining access but does help explain how he could get into some systems but not others when after the station was alerted access levels were raised making the level he'd already gained now lower then it previously was.
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Taken together, these incidents indicate that Imperial networks have "guest" accounts that provide unnecessary access to some systems, and a proficient hacker can exploit these accounts. It also suggests that some confidential information is handled carelessly, indicating poor enforcement of security procedures.
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R2-D2's interface equipment resembles the end of the Imperial Code cylinders, hinting that his hacking process may involve mimicking the information on one of those devices, which he could have obtained by reading a cylinder from one of the dead officers in the hangar control room.  It may not be his only way of gaining access, but it does help explain how he could get into some systems but not others. If access was tightened after the station was alerted, the level he'd already gained might be insufficient for further hacking.
  
 
It may be worth noting that R2-D2 has been allowed to operate for decades without a memory erasure.  This may have allowed the droid to accumulate an exceptionally large store of cracking tools and techniques, something that his various owners ([[Padmé Amidala]], [[Anakin Skywalker]], [[Bail Organa]], [[Leia Organa]], and [[Luke Skywalker]]) have probably encouraged.
 
It may be worth noting that R2-D2 has been allowed to operate for decades without a memory erasure.  This may have allowed the droid to accumulate an exceptionally large store of cracking tools and techniques, something that his various owners ([[Padmé Amidala]], [[Anakin Skywalker]], [[Bail Organa]], [[Leia Organa]], and [[Luke Skywalker]]) have probably encouraged.

Revision as of 14:13, 23 February 2013

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