Does anyone else have a crack sub directory in /etc (ie /etc/crack)? I'm worried my computer's been hacked.

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    Why don't you try the command dpkg -S /etc/crack?
    – FedKad
    May 21, 2019 at 19:59
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    dpkg -S /etc/crack will show you which Ubuntu package (if any) installed /etc/crack. If no package claims /etc/crack, then you MAY have been hacked.
    – waltinator
    May 21, 2019 at 22:12
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    From a quick google, it might be from package crack-common.
    – wjandrea
    May 21, 2019 at 22:20
  • type man crack in terminal to read about it. Don't try googling you get a lot of non-software results.a May 22, 2019 at 1:50
  • tried dpkg -S /etc/crack and got "dpkg-query: no path found matching pattern /etc/crack" . It looks like i may have been hacked. What will happen if i remove the crack directory? May 25, 2019 at 12:54

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As wjandrea has posited this sub-directory is from the package crack-common. The file list that can be seen in /etc/crack from this application's package is as follows:


A full listing of all of the files can be seen here... The application crack which uses this package is a password guessing program which has been installed on your system.

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