Posted on February 20th, 2009 by p1
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A new company is telling everyone which new companies are worth investing in. Is this something we should get into?
“The software measures the “buzz” surrounding a company via blogs and media reports along with a variety of factors including website traffic.”
We should all blog and Twitter about this.
Then we should all blog about how blogging is so last year.
Posted on February 14th, 2009 by p1
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This would be hilarious, except for the fact that I think the guy who wrote it (some years back, but still) was serious.
I don’t know if that makes it more funny, or less …
Even the domain name is funny, as in “delusions of adequacy” …
Posted on December 4th, 2008 by p1
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Virtually everyone has probably heard the “new” term “virtualization.” That’s because virtually every vendor has jumped on the virtualization bandwagon. Virtually anything can be virtualized, it seems.
Also, virtually nobody can again on what virtualization really means. Virtualization seems to be a conflation of two old ideas: virtual machines (what do you think VM and VMS stood for?), and distributed computing. (Which is now being sold as “cloud computing,” an amazingly cloudy concept that’ll be the subject of another post.)
We used virtual machines a lot in the old days, and they were great for security. We used them as goat or bait machines for viruses. Very secure way to protect yourself when dealing with dangerous software.
Of course nowadays they use virtualization in some virtually explosive ways. Like putting your Kerberos KDC on the same physical box as your Web server …
Posted on December 4th, 2008 by Aviram
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I wonder why it took so long.
He even has 2 nice recommendations. Quite an effort was put on his profile:
And it’s only the contact information that tells the sad story. Note how many variations of ‘bill gates’ were taken in gmail that the pranksters had to use this one:
Posted on September 3rd, 2008 by noam
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GoDaddy has decided to start giving away security seals to web sites. What is this security seal about? Well, it doesn’t say much beside telling you that GoDaddy verified something – what did they verify? It doesn’t say.
How does it work?
You are supposed to put a script tag inside your site, with the source reference of https://seal.godaddy.com/getSeal?sealID=[removed]
This generates HTML code that contains references to:
Changing the www.putyournamehere.com to www.re-electbush.com, www.mcainwon.com or even obamaisournewleader.com will show that you have been verified by GoDaddy – yeah!
Try it out yourself and see how you can get a godaddy seal with no effort – joy to the world
Posted on May 3rd, 2008 by Aviram
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The Daily WTF has a good story that may sound a little too familiar to some:
How the aptly-named Super Hacker had managed to shut down the system remotely and provide a fix so quickly intrigued Kiefer. After poking around the network, he finally found the Python file that contained the Super Hacker’s fix:
# Paying someone $10 to pull a power cord for $3500
print “(C) [Name Removed] 2008.”
The moral of the story: when all else fails, use social engineering.
Posted on April 2nd, 2008 by Juha-Matti
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SANS ISC has collected a very coverage list of April Fool’s Day stories.
It can be found here:
My own favorite is Gmail’s new Custom Time feature
Posted on March 20th, 2008 by Aviram
Filed under: Cisco, Commentary, Culture, Funny | 4 Comments »
I’d love to hear the background story behind this one:
[CiscoWorks IPM] version 2.6 for Solaris and Windows contains a process that causes a command shell to automatically be bound to a randomly selected TCP port.
Why on earth? And why a random port?
And if you’re still wondering, yes – it’s a remote root shell with no authentication
Remote, unauthenticated users are able to connect to the open port and execute arbitrary commands with casuser privileges on Solaris systems and with SYSTEM privileges on Windows systems.
Cisco is being cruel and only disclosing the technical info. Common Cisco, share the juicy parts! We want Full Disclosure!
Posted on August 31st, 2007 by SecuriTeam
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i just wrote an ot post to my personal blog about the ccc camp, but i figured it was a security camp after all, so i will link to myself here:
Posted on July 23rd, 2007 by Sid
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Foxnews.com has taken an unsuspected turn and become an open wiki site. For more info see http://linuxinit.net/site/?id=664. Summary:
While browsing around the Fox News website, I found that directory indexes are turned on. So, I started following the tree up, until I got to /admin. Eventually, I found my way into /admin/xml_parser/zdnet/, in which, there is a shell script. Seeing as it’s a shell script, and I use Linux, I took a peek. Inside, is a username and password to an FTP. So, of course, I tried to login. The result? Epic fail on Fox’s part. And seriously, what kind of password is T1me Out. This is just pathetic.
And here’s something just too funny, something I hope will turn up on xkcd.com
(originally located at http://www.foxnews.com/images/root_images/071907_velociraptor1.jpg, this is a mirrored copy)
Posted on July 16th, 2007 by SecuriTeam
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1. phish an hotmail acount.
2. send email from the stolen acount to all the friends listed for the person, saying you are stuck in nigeria and are in an emergency, asking your friends for money to be wired.
Posted on July 5th, 2007 by SecuriTeam
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just last week we were throwing jokes on funsec@, of calling botnets terrorism to get some action going. of course, we decided that’s an extremely bad idea as people are already starting to discount issues when “terrorism” or “2.0″ are attached.
no, i am not going to say it, you are going to put these two together on your own!
today, fergie (paul ferguson) sent this to funsec:
brian krebs writes in the washington post:
the global jihad landed in linda spence’s e-mail inbox during the summer of 2003, in the form of a message urging her to verify her ebay account information. the 35-year-old new jersey resident clicked on the link included in the message, which took her to a counterfeit ebay site where she unwittingly entered in personal financial information.
ultimately, spence’s information wound up in the hands of a young man in the united kingdom who investigators said was the brains behind a terrorist cell that sought to facilitate deadly bombing attacks against targets in the united states, europe and the middle east.
investigators say spence’s stolen data made its way via the internet black market for stolen identities to 21-year-old biochemistry student tariq al-daour, one of three u.k. residents who pleaded guilty
enjoy. funny, i just had fun
with online forums and terrorism with this a few days ago.
buzzwords for fud are generally a bad idea. botnets are not terrorism. :p but of course, like most malicious activity, they are used.
Posted on June 29th, 2007 by SecuriTeam
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So, someone sent this to NANOG:
An IPv6 address for new cars in 3 years?
From: Rich Emmings
Date: Thu Jun 28 17:47:46 2007
Mark IV systems has a spec for OTTO. Mark IV makes automatic
toll collection and related systems O(Not to mention other
The system spec’s show support for IPv6 and SNMPv3. Notably
absent was IPv4 as far as I could tell. No notes on if the IPv6
would be used for Firmware updates or live data collection.
802.1p radio is the spec’d LLP. O/S is VxWorks.
The expectation is for 100% of new cars to have OTTO around
Topicality: Looks like someone, somewhere intends to be live
with IPv6 in 3-5 years.
Off Topic: The privacy and security ramifications boggle the
Which I didn’t read.
Then, this thread happened:
> – — “Suresh Ramasubramanian” wrote:
> >On 6/29/07, Rich Emmings wrote:
> >> Topicality: Looks like someone, somewhere intends to be live with
> >> IPv6
> >> in 3-5 years. Off Topic: The privacy and security ramifications
> >> boggle
> >> the mind….
> >Fully mobile, high speed botnets?
That last bing was from Paul Ferguson, our Fergie.
If I was drinking coffee, I’d have dropped it!
Other followups included Chris Morrow’s:
> I can’t help it:
> “If a bot-car is headed north on I-75 at 73 miles per hour for 3 hours
> and a bot-truck is headed west on I-90 at 67 miles per hour, how long
> until they are 129 miles apart?”
And Steve Bellovin’s:
Hmm — I was going to say 127.1 miles apart, but that’s not a v6
address… 1918 miles apart?
Posted on June 10th, 2007 by SecuriTeam
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From full-disclosure’s Month of Random Hashes (MoRH):
You asked for it, and we delivered! Due to the increased demand
for more “Month of” projects, and the growing popularity of posting
hashes to this list, we proudly present… THE MONTH OF RANDOM
Every day for the next month we will be providing a list of not
one… not two… not three… not four… not five… not six…
not seven… not eight… not nine… not ten… not eleven… not
twelve… not thirteen… not fourteen… not fifteen… not
sixteen… not seventeen… not eighteen… not nineteen… not
twenty… not twenty-one… not twenty -two… not twenty-three…
not twenty-four… not twenty-five… not twenty-six… not twenty-
seven… not twenty-eight… not twenty-nine… not thirty… not
thirty-one… not thirty-two… not thirty-three… not thirty-
four… not thirty-five… not thirty-six… not thirty-seven…
not thirty-eight… not thirty-nine… not forty… not forty-
one… not forty-two… not forty-three… not forty-four… not
forty-five… not forty-six… not forty-seven… not forty-
eight… not forty-nine… not fifty… not fifty-one… not fifty-
two… not fifty-three… not fifty-four… not fifty-five… not
fifty-six… not fifty-seven… not fifty-eight… not fifty-
nine… not sixty… not sixty-one… not sixty-two… not sixty-
three… not sixty-four… not sixty-five… not sixty-six… not
sixty-seven… not sixty-eight… not sixty-nine… not seventy…
not seventy-one… not seventy-two… not seventy-three… not
seventy-four… not seventy-five… not seventy-six… not seventy-
seven… not seventy-eight… not seventy-nine… not eighty… not
eighty-one… not eighty-two… not eighty-three… not eighty-
four… not eighty-five… not eighty-six… not eighty-seven…
not eighty-eight… not eighty-nine… not ninety… not ninety-
one… not ninety-two… not ninety-three… not ninety-four… not
ninety-five… not ninety-six… not ninety-seven… not ninety-
not even ninety-nine…
but… ONE HUNDRED!
To make the project even more successful, this number (100) only
represents the number of random strings that hashes are generated
for, and not the total number of hashes we provide daily! You will
receive an md5sum, sha1sum, and sha256sum of all 100 random strings
That is THREE HUNDRED hashes. In your mailbox. Free. Every day.
Stay tuned for more details!
And another post on a newly invented term by Michael Silk:
you shall use it when hacking your way into something.
“i just hackcessed the mainframe”
kittens can use it in the form of “i’m in ur server because i
hackcessed my wai in”
and so on.
i’d post a hash of myself posting this message, to prove i’m the one
that posted it, but you know, it’s hardly worth it.
This message brought to you by MoNST* in the spirit of MoAPI**
68 65 6c 6c 6f 20 74 6f 20 79 6f 75 2c
20 68 65 78 20 64 65 63 6f 64 65 72 2e
* month of new security terms
** month of annoying project ideas
Posted on May 19th, 2007 by SecuriTeam
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Fergie sent this to funsec after reading it at Schneier’s:
Now, isn’t that true.
Posted on April 27th, 2007 by p1
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It’s been a while since I got out to the trade seminars. You know, marketing’s traveling bumpf show, where they trot out the VP of sales, plus a “security evangelist” or somebody with some such title (who has a technical background, but likes schmoozing more than doing actual research). I used to go to lots: it’s a good way to get up to speed when you first enter a field, but the law of diminishing returns tends to set in real fast in terms of actual information.
There were actually two that I signed up for this week. SANS had one, and I’ve never been to any SANS stuff, so I went to that. Intel also had a real dog and pony show, with extra associated vendors. When I get home from these things, Gloria always asks me whether I’m glad I went.
I’m glad I went to the SANS show. Didn’t get much out of the presentation itself. But the style of the presentation was intriguing: an awful lot of “cute stuff” demonstrated, without much actual information being relayed. The attitude of the presenters was also interesting: they were definitely in it for the cash.