Security researcher Brian Krebs’ website hit with largest ever DDoS attack – 665 Gbps!

// September 21st, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security
Security researcher Brian Krebs

Security researcher Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity reported today that his site was hit with a walloping 665 Gbps DDoS attack. The attack included SYN and HTTP floods and peaked at 153 Mpps (million packets per second). Krebs’ site remained online, the attack mitigated by Akami’s DDoS protection service.

How to tell if you’re on a government watchlist (and how to get on and off the wild ride)

// September 21st, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security
TSA searching a businessman

People often wonder if their names have somehow made it to the “the list”, that watchlist of US citizens whom the government suspects may be up to something. I would venture to say, the best way to know if you’re on the watchlist would be to recognize how often you find yourself forced into unique […]

WTF, I just found this racist Halloween mask depicting a black man on Amazon

// September 21st, 2016 // No Comments » // News
Racist caricature of a black man (Halloween mask) on Amazon

I was searching for lifelike mice on Amazon today (long story) and found this unbelievably racist Halloween mask of a black man. Tiny ears, white eyes, big lips – just like the racist cartoons of the 50’s. My gut reaction was shock and I began to wonder how the seller would justify placing an item […]

A day in the life of a Bug Bounty hunter – demo of productive hacking session against Yelp

// September 9th, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security
HTML behind Yelp

Offering bounties worth thousands, even millions of dollars, bug bounties pay hackers to report vulnerabilities. The process is pretty simple. The hacker sends the vulnerability report to the company, the company patches the vulnerably, the bounty paid, and finally, the vulnerability disclosed. Everyone wins. Usually.

If you think driving from New York to LA in under 29 hours is no big deal – think again

// September 3rd, 2016 // No Comments » // Technology
Inside the Mercedes that completed the race from New York to LA in 28 hours 50 minutes

They broke laws in 13 states and 93 counties, reaching speeds of 160 mph, on a 2,683-mile trip from New York to Los Angeles. The jaunt should realistically take over 41 hours – they did in under 29 driving an innocuous looking Mercedes that was decked out with more gear than a Oklahoma stormchaser’s rig.

Calm down everyone – Samsung’s not going to make you send your Note 7 back for repairs.

// September 2nd, 2016 // No Comments » // Mobile
Don

The Samsung Note 7 battery problem is indeed a major blow but not unheard of. Samsung will recover and in fact, there are already rumors they’ve ramped up customer service to save face. Still, with Apple’s new iPhone 7 coming out in mere weeks, the battery grenade problem couldn’t have happened at a more inopportune […]

Who’s really behind the DNC/NSA hacks? Russia, Snowden, independent hacker, or hybrid of all three?

// August 17th, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security
Who’s really behind the DNC/NSA hacks? Russia, Guccifer, Snowden, or hybrid of all three?

Regardless of whether you consider Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified information to be self-sacrificial acts of patriotism or the deeds of a traitor, the recent DNC data dump and NSA cyber weapons malware (milware?) code drops have all the markings of a Snowden escapade. If you disagree, consider the timing of the code drop and […]

Americans are intelligent but history shows they could still elect a fascist, Hitler-like leader

// August 9th, 2016 // No Comments » // Politics and legal
Nazi propoganda poster

To determine if America could indeed reshape the world by “accidentally” electing a fascist leader, we have to look no further than Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany was inconceivable, unbelievable, and sadly, irreversible. Although everyone is familiar with Hitler’s Nazi regime, many fail to recognize the subtle series of steps that allowed it to be.

WTF?!? Trump finally releases economic plan in Detroit and his minions are gonna riot

// August 8th, 2016 // No Comments » // Politics and legal
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Harsh agitations aside, a lot of what Trump says makes sense – a least to some degree. Then he goes and does something goofy like releasing an economic plan that to his minions, must feel like a punch in the face. Here’s what Trump plans to do and why it’s so outrageously bizarre.

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) – how to create a Linux hacking toolkit that runs on Windows 10

// August 6th, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security
Windows 10/Ubuntu logos - YouTube

Forget running Kali in a virtual machine (well, at least put it aside for a while). The Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes a whack new feature – Windows Subsystem for Linux or WSL. Using the new LxssManager service, WSL lets you run a full-featured Ubuntu Linux subsystem on Windows 10.

Poodlecorp DDoS attack brings down Blizzard’s battle.net servers

// August 2nd, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security
Map showing worldwide DDoS traffic during the attack - Brazil is the source and United States is the destination

I tweeted a few hours ago about a DDoS attack hammering Blizzard’s game servers.  Around 7:00 PM Central Time, players in the game began noticing severe lagging.  Within 30 minutes, the Battle.net servers were completely offline and unavailable for game play.

Arrest records show Alton Sterling was not the “gentle giant” as portrayed by the media

// July 11th, 2016 // No Comments » // Politics and legal
Turns out Alton Sterling was not the "gentle giant" as portrayed by the media

The arrest records of Alton Sterling (aka Alton Bertell Sterlings) have been released and they don’t do much to help his case nor support his aunt’s claim that he was a “gentle giant”. Sterling was the 37-year-old black man who died at the hands of Baton Rouge police during an arrest for “brandishing a weapon”. […]

After Brexit, Media talking heads still miss the point – here are the real Brexit headlines

// June 24th, 2016 // No Comments » // Politics and legal
Brexit - British Exit from the European Union

Once again, media talking heads and government officials have missed the point. Instead, here are the headlines that much more accurately summarize the entire Brexit affair:

CIA documents reveal systematic torture – have we forgotten the cost of freedom?

// June 16th, 2016 // No Comments » // Politics and legal
CIA torture techniques including leashing naked prisoner

New documents were released this week which detail the brutal interrogation techniques sanctioned by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks. The published CIA guidelines reveal that the acceptable level of prisoner discomfort is measured by the amount of permanent physical damage it inflicts on the detainee and not whether or not it violates our humanity […]

Check out the questions on this original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) application (1921)

// April 19th, 2016 // No Comments » // Old School
Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) application (1921)

The first Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee sometime between December 1865 and August 1866 by six former members of the Confederate army. Its original purpose was to be a fraternal social club with plenty of parody thrown into the initiation ceremonies. However, members began to take the organization seriously […]


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