Showing posts with label hacking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hacking. Show all posts

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Podcast: Hacking the World Around Us

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The NPR Ted Podcast is a great resource of information of almost any kind. The Ted Podcast below is on hacking featuring a hacker who's been there and done that. He went in search of a pair of virus writers that in 1986 wrote a virus that the world had to contend with back in the beginning.

As it turned out, the "Brain" virus, which was the name of the virus back then, was never intended to be a bad virus, but rather a virus created by a pair of code writers who simply sought to demonstrate how vulnerable that PCs were. That they certainly did. This podcast features a number of hackers on the subject, and it's worth a listen:

I believe that in due time, given the direction (police state and fear-mongering attitude) the United States as well as other developed nations are heading, that hackers and graffiti artists may very well end up to be the only means of getting information to the public.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Interview: North Korea Hackers or Sony?

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So now we know a lot more about the Sony hack than we did a week before. Just as we thought, North Korea, aka: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was allegedly found to be behind the enormous hack against Sony, its executive conclave, and the corporation's general employee population.

"The FBI releases the findings of its four-week investigation into one of the most destructive cyberattacks of a company on US soil," says Seth Rosenblatt (@sethr) with c/net. "It's definitive. North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday." click here

A new message claimed that if Sony kept the movie out of public view, they would stop exposing Sony data.

"Top executives at Sony received a message from hackers saying it was a 'very wise' decision to cancel the release of 'The Interview' and ensuring the security of their data 'unless you make additional trouble.'" (click here)

And now, another message, allegedly from the DPRK hackers, allows Sony to release it!

"SAN FRANCISCO (USA TODAY) -- The people who hacked Sony have posted a message telling the studio it has "suffered enough" and can release The Interview." (click here)

I've been providing updates on the Sony hack for weeks through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. All along I was pretty sure that the DPRK had something major to do with this, but only because of the plot of the new movie, The Interview. At the same time, on the other end of this, I began to consider the possibility that it just might not be the DPRK that's behind this diabolical act after all. But if not them, then who? Could it be Sony itself?

Let's be honest with ourselves here. No matter how you slice and dice it, Sony's going to make millions in profits over cost from this movie. I don't care how they finally release it--and release it they certain will--but everyone is going to want to see it simply to see what all the fuss was about! Be honest here, don't you feel curious at all? I'll bet you're already thinking about getting a copy.

I've bantered the pros and cons of this thought, and if it wasn't for the fact that the plot of the movie hinges on the assassination of the N. Korean leader, I might actually believe it. I'm still on the fence about this and will be until concrete evidence pops up. So far, the FBI is telling us that the hack "resembles" previous hacks conducted by DPRK hackers and they base that allegedly on the methods used. But could other expert, learned hackers simulate that previous DPRK hacks?

Of course!

So, far as Sony removing their new movie from the box office, if it was the DPRK behind it, then this action is a big mistake. But I find it difficult to see the DPRK hackers recanting their previous threats, if it really is the DPRK behind it. This is probably the biggest red flag I see flying high above this issue. What about you? What is your personal opinion? Send it along to me using one of my alternate websites: http://wmml.info/tssb/?page_id=351.

In the end analysis, the Internet is such a blessing because of all the information and interaction that we see thereon on a daily basis. But at the same time, it's such a curse. --Al Colombo


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hacking cannot be stopped. You want to know why?

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For many years now, I and many others in the security market as well as law enforcement have been sharing our thoughts on the issue of government placing critical infrastructure on the Internet.

Recently, on our GKO Technology Group on Facebook I featured 15 related posts for group members to ponder. I'll follow up with a few words of wisdom of my own.

Here the titles and links to these stories:

Hackers, Bots, Bluehost, and Me (Read it Now!)
US Companies Can't Protect Citizens? Chinese Hackers Steal 4.5 Million Patients Info... (Read it Now!)
Thousands of Havering residents targeted bhy Internet hackers (Read it Now!)
Marathon-style hacker competition draws 600 teams worldwide (Read it Now!)
2 Phone Hackers Out of Jail Already (Read it Now!)
Hackers hit the garden with new award-winning app that tells you what grows best in your backyard (Read it Now!)
Hackers could use smartphone gyroscopes to eavesdrop on private conversations (Read it Now!)
Hackers' bazaar raises threats to security (Read it Now!)
Protecting their (and your) data -- keeping hackers at bay (Read it Now!)
Chinese hackers targeted MH 370 investigation and appear to have stolen classified documents (Read it Now!)
Pro-Palestinian Hackers Deface Delaware State Treasury Site (Read it Now!)
Hackers Successfully Attacked U.S. Nuclear Agency Three Times in Three Years (Read it Now!)
Hospital hack 'exploited Heartbleed' (Read it Now!)

For those of you who many not know this, but there was a day before the Internet where gov't and private firms used leased telephone lines to send data back and forth between offices and the like. You had to gain access to the physical phone line or the Bell company office before you could gain access to that data.

So now, here we have a GLOBALLY CONNECTED database that ANYONE from ANYWHERE across the Earth can try their luck at penetration. ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE!!!

"At the end of 2010, the volume of stored data worldwide totaled 1.2 million petabytes (1 petabyte equals 1 million gigabytes), according to the 2010 IDC Digital Universe Study, conducted by technology researcher IDC. That's a 50 percent rise from the year before" (Source: Storage Cheat Sheet, CDW Small Business Solutions, August 2014).

Do you not get it yet? The stories above are about hackers and their efforts, successes, and the failure of governments and private sector concerns to successfully stop them. As I said yesterday, no matter how good you think you are, there's always someone better out there and they're going to kick your butt!!! If not today, perhaps tomorrow.

Putting critical infrastructure on the Internet is not only dumb, but it's plain stupid. It's like putting a sign on your back that says, "I dare you to kick me." Someone's going to do it. You can count on it!


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