In Unix, what should I do if I find someone else is using my computing accounts?

If you authenticate to the Unix system with your IU passphrase, you should change that.

In Unix, if you find that someone else is using your computing accounts:

  1. Change your password immediately.
  2. Your local security office or system administrator may want to know that your accounts have been compromised. Check with your system administrator to see what process you should follow. At Indiana University, send email to the University Information Security Office at In the message, explain in detail what has happened.
  3. Make sure you don't have a .rhosts file in your account, as the intruder might have created a file that allows access to your account without a password. If the file isn't there, the attempt to delete it won't hurt. At the shell prompt, enter:
     rm .rhosts

To be on the safe side, consider doing this with all of your accounts.

At Indiana University, for personal or departmental Linux or Unix systems support, see Get help for Linux or Unix at IU.

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