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The long goodbye…

endI remember when I first saw him… I thought he was ugly, unruly and unworthy of my attention… and so I shunned him. After a time, I looked back, unable to ignore that “something” that I was missing. I went back, and once more he failed to impress. Again, I shunend him. There was just that something that was missing. It was all there in the promise, but in reality, it just didn’t click… once again I shunned him and moved on. It was some time later that I realised what I’d done. That i’d misread him and mistaken what he offered. He was my future after all, and there was nothing else that would be better for me. I embraced him, let myself fall into a rhythm and never looked back!

Years later I can think on that moment, having moved on to newer and better things, and remember the first time I saw him across the room. He seemed to glow, at least that’s what my memory tells me. We’re not together anymore, and I miss him sometimes, but you know what… it’s OK. It’s Ok for both of us. We grew apart and he just couldn’t fill my needs anymore. To be honest, it was me that first broke away… I don’t want to call it playing away, but it’s what it was I guess. There were just needs that he couldn’t forfill anymore, and I needed something that I couldn’t get from him anymore. I knew that he knew… and he knew that it was what I needed… he never judged! He was good like that.

The time has come though my friend. I can’t be with you anymore… those long nights we spent together have to come to an end. The time has come to say goodbye forever.

Goodbye my friend… you’ll always be in my memories!

Windows XP (2001 – 2014)

The Script Kiddie 5-step program

We were all script kiddies at some point, even if we don’t like to admit it in public (I know I was for a long time, probably still am sometimes). So, to ease the process of getting your big boy hacker pants, I’ve drawn up this quick 5-step program!

  1. Understand your tools
  2. Understand the protocols
  3. Learn to fix a tool/script that’s broken
  4. Try to adapt a tool/scripts to improve them
  5. Write your own tool/scripts


Yeah I know… nothing amazing and black art style… but going from nothing to something doesn’t mean being a master. It does however mean that you need to work at it!

Text-based adventures… a retrospective

© Jared von Hindman (http://headinjurytheater.com/) I hope he doesn't crash a plane into my house for using this image ;)

© Jared von Hindman (http://headinjurytheater.com/)

I still remember the first ever text-based adventure I played. No need for high-end graphics cards and kinetic camera systems. Just you against the mind of the creator.

Wether it was Zork, Leather goddesses of Phobos, or any of a thousand spin-off titles, they all remind me of my childhood! It seems like an age ago now, but it went a little something like this.

————————————–

You wake up, bleary eyed in a long darkly light room. Your right arm aches from the injection, at least you think that’s what it was. Memories are hard to grasp as your head spins. The walls are bare and the air has an acrid smell to it that makes you gag.

There is a large oak door to the north and a small gap in the south wall leading off into darkness.

> go north

“I don’t understand what you want me to do”

> n

You go north. Beyond the door is a room of wonders. In the sparse light you see things that you never thought you’d ever see. You are eaten by a grue!

> go south

“I don’t understand what you want me to do”

> s

You breath in and squeeze your way along the ever shrinking tunnel. Just as you think it can’t get any smaller, you’re eaten by a grue!

> look

“look at what”

> look at floor

“It’s a floor”

> go^H^Hw

“You can’t go that way”

> e

“You can’t go that way”

> up

“You can’t go that way”

> down

“You can’t go that way”

> nweweqwqeqwrqwrqwr

“I don’t understand what you want me to do”

> fuck

“What do you want to fuck?”

> you

“I don’t understand what you want me to do”

> se

“Congratulations you’ve found a secret tunnel leading south east corner. The tunnel is long and winds up and down until it comes into the bright midday sun. Your eyes adjust to the harsh light just in time to see yourself getting eaten by a grue!

> exit

“I don’t understand what you want me to do”

> quit

“are you sure you want to quit?”

> Y

“You are eaten by a grue…”

Ctrl+C

Scammers gonna scam

It’s been a while since I’ve thought about our resident snake oil salesman, Gregory D Evans… and there’s be far to much seriousness on the blog recently. So here’s a little deviation from your usual programming. Sorry!

I’ve been noticing, as many have I’m sure, a lot of spam messages on the Twitters over the last few months. I’ve been a good little worker and reported them as spam, every little helps after all. However I thought it was about time to name and shame (like he’s not already shamed). Still, it’s worth a few seconds to make a screenshot and share it for prosperity.

I guess hot girls like Hackers!

The levels of spam have reduced (maybe due to people reporting them repeatedly, maybe due to dwindling funds), but you can usually pick up a few by searching on the phrases “AM I HACKER PROOF is a” and “Gregory Evans is one of the”. The posts forward to an amazon.com page together with an affiliate link (using several affiliate link tags - diabetescure-20, worldmixmasal-20, neoopt06-21, twitterservice-20). You can find the same affiliates posting LocatePc spam as well on occasion.

I’m not one to judge on how people do business, but this kind of thing doesn’t really strike me as something an honest and professional Information Security company would take part in.

Just before I go here’s a quick some food for thought… the @gregorydevans account now has over 27,000 followers. Wow that’s amazing, much more than most… he must he really famous and well-respected! Of course, this rise all happened in the last month. From zero to spam follower hero in a month! I’ll leave that one for you to think on ;)


Lets give the man the benefit of the doubt… after all, he’s the world’s number 1 hacker. Still seems strange that the @amihackerproof account seems to have a similar arc in followers! The stats are unfortunately a little lacking, as the stats are only tracked from March 23rd 2012.

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