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Been on the Internet since before there was an Internet. Remember UUCP, news feeds, and Gopher?


Dec
17
comment How to hide my ip and browsing history from others on my network?
Hiding your IP on the local network is known as either pulling your network jack, turning off your wi-fi or shutting the computer off... No address, no delivery. As long as there aren't persistent arp table entries. Every time this question is asked, much laughter and forehead palming is generated.
Dec
17
comment What can IT see and log?
One reason why spear-phishing is so successful on the higher ups in companies... Ahem. Anyway, OpenDNS is advertised as a means protecting companies against malware attack and blocking use of unsavory websites that can lead to harrassment lawsuits (business level). The blocked sites are logged on OpenDNS, so you probably tripped the logging by the advertising that was being blocked on the pages visited.
Dec
14
comment Sticky keys on RDP
maintaining additional persistence in other words, the machine was already hacked at a system level and they're just providing a way back in.
Dec
3
comment How CryptoPHP: Sneaky malware works?
Doing this has been around for a while. Simple php virus in a jpeg
Nov
29
comment Any “cleaned” virus that's been successfully re-released?
True, Code Red is a pretty good indicator for somebody bringing an old NT4 server back online. Nimda is also another infection trace from this happening.
Nov
29
comment Any “cleaned” virus that's been successfully re-released?
In that case, you would need insane operating system and software developers that introduced regression errors into their products. That has occasionally happened, but not so much anymore. You're not depending on the Antivirus software to prevent it, but the OS and software itself to have been battle hardened. So unaltered malware isn't likely to survive.
Nov
22
comment Why protect files with sensative information with .htacces?
@CamilStaps - it's pretty simple. Detect a foul hole in some Wordpress addon that allows you to create a .php file in a directory, then call it. The PHP interpreter merrily does your dirty work and your target's compromised. Now if your target had put an .htaccess file in place denying direct access to the file, he wouldn't be spending time doing one of those "Oh, &^#%" site reloads. Also, the PHP interpreter doesn't process .xml or other files where configuration data may be stored so once again... I'll let you peruse some web logs to discover all the attempts...
Nov
21
comment Has 100+USD, accidentally
If you use it to "purchase" anything, then, yes.
Nov
20
comment Is storing CVV compliant with PCI standards?
There is no need to store the CVV or anything else if you're using a proper payment gateway. Century Business Solutions issues a token that can be accessed for future card charges by your company for the account with which it is associated. NO customer card data is stored.
Nov
18
comment Why protect files with sensative information with .htacces?
a malicious user may still end up correctly guessing the name of this secret key file Heh, web logs are full of these guesses against security by obscurity and it must work quite well otherwise they wouldn't be so persistent. If it's blocked by .htaccess deny then it explicitly isn't available for guessing.
Nov
15
comment Truly deniable encryption
First law in forensics is to make a read-only clone so multiple tries may be attempted. Upon finding the LUKS header trashed, they'd be smart enough to put 2 and 2 together to look 4 more answers from you. They've seen enough Wile E Coyotes out there who always are trying to out-trick themselves.
Nov
7
comment Why should I have secure passwords for sites that I pay bills on?
Misery starts with Identity Theft and can linger for years afterwards with all sorts of results from basic embarrassment to hellish background checks that deny quality of life. Enabling identity theft is as simple as using garbage universal passwords.
Nov
6
comment Modifying credit cards to increase security
As a vendor, if I see a defaced card, I immediately think "Counterfeit" and would decline to accept it. You can wipe the magstripe quite easily though.
Nov
3
comment Is blocking a country's access to a website a good measure to avoid hackers from that country?
As long as they're not smart enough to use VPN and proxies. Often as effective as the Maginot Line was at keeping the Germans out of France in WWII. There's always a way around.
Nov
2
comment Continued Use of Kerberos
Can verify that. At one time Kerberos authentication over VPN to Windows Server 2003 would die if the packet size was too large due to VPN overhead causing packet fragmentation.
Oct
28
comment What are the insecure Protocols in terms of PCI DSS
+1 for FTP et.al. If you're using a plaintext service with an insecure, hackable client to access your e-commerce website, you've already lost the battle.
Oct
25
comment Google Chrome browser warning for goo.gl
Because at this time, it is highly probable that shortened links are malicious. Until these link shortening services start scanning their own product and eliminating malware links proactively, the problem will only get worse.
Oct
25
comment Is bit.ly a malware distributor?
bit.ly is just a good link obfusticator and so therefore like most sites that do link shortening, their service is a magnet for malware distributors that want to disguise links to their infection engines and email phishing schemes that need something to hide behind.
Oct
25
comment Why don't major browsers currently support TLS above version 1.0?
Comment relevant to a point in time.
Oct
18
comment TrueCrypt Data Recovery
Snapshot the hard drive in case the "allergic" tools manage to make the files unrecoverable.