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  • I have 2 laptops, 1 is has Vista the other XP. I have wireless internet. When looking at the map of my network there is a computer added called THOMSON (this name has no connections to myself or neighbours) and the description says its a Samba Server. As soon as I logon my AV (McAfee) says that this user is trying to connect. As far as I am aware I haven't downloaded anything like this. I am concerned that there is some sort of hacking going on or my hub is being used as a source of connection to the internet. Either way, I don't want it. I have tried to look at a few websites that can show me how to uninstall it but it all in heavy computer jargon. I can't even find Samba Server when i type it in the search bar.

    I would be grateful for any help. Even for advice on whether this is something I should worried about. My hub is WEP key protected, so can anyone without the password access my files?

    Thanks for reading!

    Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:44 PM

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  • <I am concerned that there is some sort of hacking going on or my hub is being used as a source of connection to the internet.>
    Very likely, I'd say (notably the bolded part).....
    <Either way, I don't want it.>
    <My hub is WEP key protected>
    You need to lock your wireless down better.  WEP is, frankly, a joke, and rather easily broken.  WPA is more secure - it can be broken, but takes considerably more effort; WPA2 (if your wireless router, as well as all of your clients, support it) is as close to unbreakable (read:  not worth the effort, as it would require considerable time and computing power to do so) as you can get.

    Back to your posted issue:
    The "Samba Server" that you're seeing on your network map is the *nix (Linux and Mac) equivalent of Windows SMB sharing.  In other words, it's a PC, running (most likely) some flavor of Linux, and that has file & printer sharing enabled, whose user has hacked thru your rather thin wireless encryption.
    Change your wireless key (or, better, increase your wireless encryption), and/or change your wireless SSID (preferably change the SSID and up the encryption), and you'll find that the mysterious "Samba Server" simply disappears.  ;)

    HTH,
    Chris


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    Saturday, March 28, 2009 4:37 AM

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  • <I am concerned that there is some sort of hacking going on or my hub is being used as a source of connection to the internet.>
    Very likely, I'd say (notably the bolded part).....
    <Either way, I don't want it.>
    <My hub is WEP key protected>
    You need to lock your wireless down better.  WEP is, frankly, a joke, and rather easily broken.  WPA is more secure - it can be broken, but takes considerably more effort; WPA2 (if your wireless router, as well as all of your clients, support it) is as close to unbreakable (read:  not worth the effort, as it would require considerable time and computing power to do so) as you can get.

    Back to your posted issue:
    The "Samba Server" that you're seeing on your network map is the *nix (Linux and Mac) equivalent of Windows SMB sharing.  In other words, it's a PC, running (most likely) some flavor of Linux, and that has file & printer sharing enabled, whose user has hacked thru your rather thin wireless encryption.
    Change your wireless key (or, better, increase your wireless encryption), and/or change your wireless SSID (preferably change the SSID and up the encryption), and you'll find that the mysterious "Samba Server" simply disappears.  ;)

    HTH,
    Chris


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    Saturday, March 28, 2009 4:37 AM
  • You have a BT home hub or similar which runs linux. It has a USB port on it which allows you to plug in usb drives for you to share files on your network. THIS is THOMSON (a samba share) not anyone else, it's the actual physical hardware in your router! So dont panic! It can't access the internet, it's jjust there so you can view anything connected to the usb port, a printer etc.

    Best of Luck!
    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 2:04 AM