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Missing Network/Wireless Icon?

Was messing around in my friend's cyber cafe last week (working on building a new cyber cafe monitoring system for his cafe) and found this interesting 'bug' which I thought fellow readers might be interested.
Cyber cafes (or most public machines) normally tend to disable features like right clicks, control panel accesses etc. Just found out an interesting way to gain access to network control (which indirectly allows access to the system's control panel and other features, which I'm sure readers'll figure out easily..)
How? Simply unplug the RS232 cable (otherwise known as ethernet cable). The 'network connection lost' notification pops out, along with the network icon - even when it has been meticulously hidden/disabled. Double click on it and viola! You've just re-gained access to what the administrators have taken from you ;-)
PS: Cyber cafe owners: you might want to try this in your cafe to ensure that your machines are not vulnerable to this simple trick. Pls don't freak out yet though. Am currently working on writing a new cyber cafe monitoring system (for windoze machines at the moment, linux's next on my list) and will make the first version freely available when I'm done :-)

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