Book Review: cDc The Long Version

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I wrote this long version a year ago after I posted the short version of my review of “Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World” by Joseph Menn and I received fair bit of criticism from some cDc members. I was called a troll, a self righteous […]

Book Review: Cult of the Dead Cow

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TL, DR: It’s a good story, not a history book. If you are looking for a good story with a message, read it. If you are looking for a nuanced description of what was happening in history, look elsewhere. The NYTimes called “The Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking SuperGroup Might Just […]

Revisiting L0pht testimony – 20yrs later

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Here is a copy of my introductory statement from the May 22, 2018 briefing where L0pht revisited its historic Senate testimony of twenty years earlier. (supporting links at the end.) Good Afternoon, I’m Space Rogue. Twenty years ago, out of fear of corporate retaliation through lawsuits Space Rogue was the only name I used. Today […]

A Hacker at the Polls

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On the second Tuesday in November I burned a vacation day, woke up at five in the morning and drove to a church down the street from where I live. I sat at a long table for thirteen hours and looked up names in a book. While I wasn’t at the church to pray I […]

The Continuing Evolution of Cyber

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I don’t think there is another word in the English language that provokes as much of an emotional response from information security professionals as much as ‘cyber’. In fact, half of the people who just read that last sentence are like yeah, but cyber is not a word it’s a prefix. (The other half probably […]

L0pht T-Shirt Quilt

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It is hard to work in Infosec for very long and not amass a huge number of T-shirts. Vendors give them away like candy thinking that somehow a free t-shirt is going to make you spend thousands of dollars on their blinky light solution versus their competitors blinky light solution. However, some t-shirts tend to […]

SouthWest Password Ad is both Good and Bad.

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Southwest Airlines recently aired a TV ad in their “Wanna Get Away” series that features some serious password blunders. In the ad a General is asked for his password so that they “can lock down the system” which he then reluctantly provides. The password, “ihatemyjob1”, is rather embarrassing and hilarity ensures. Lets watch… https://www.ispot.tv/ad/AEjj/southwest-airlines-wanna-get-away-sale-sharing-your-password   […]

Tilting It Sideways

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Trying to track down the origins of an Internet meme can be an almost fruitless endeavor. Other than giving credit to its originator and perhaps giving them a few minutes of Internet fame there really isn’t a lot at stake by determining who was the kid in the success.gif or what meme Laina Morris is […]

Transcription of L0pht Testimony

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Transcription of the YouTube Video: Hackers Testifying at the United States Senate, May 19, 1998 (L0pht Heavy Industries) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVJldn_MmMY Transcribed by: https://www.fiverr.com/alx_does Senator Thompson: …If you gentlemen would come forward.. We’re joined today by the seven members of the L0pht, Hacker think Tank in Cambridge Massachusetts. Due to the sensitivity of the work done at […]

I watched CSI:Cyber so you don’t have to.

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CSI has a proven formula for making popular TV shows. Unfortunately that history does not include accurate TV shows. When it comes to tech and things ‘cyber’ this is probably the preeminent example of CSI being bad and wrong at the same time. I thought there was no way they could top this, I was […]