Twitter robot update

Yesterday I decided to see what it would take to get my twitter robot @HackThisOrg up and running again. I found the Net::Twitter perl module when looking for simple OAuth functions. The follow portion of the robot lives again.

When I first wrote the robot, I didn't want to use modules other than the LWP module because I wanted to see if I could get the functions I was looking for in a more simple fashion without having to download and compile a ton of code. I wasn't exactly following the "Be Lazy" mantra of Perl modules.

Information Security week in review

Some of the interesting news articles in regards to Information Security this week, read more for details

  • XSS vulnerability in Skype could allow 3rd party to change passwords
  • Undersea communications cables are cut every 3 days
  • Apple iOS 4.3.4 release & Jailbroken
  • FBI Arrest 14 in relation Anonymous / PayPal case
  • Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Charged in M.I.T. Data Theft
  • Anonymous Claims Hack of NATO, Sends Warning to FBI
  • BING DNS hijacked? SANS says it looks like it
  • Three pizza chains ATMs hacked

What will happen if Generation Dora overruns Facebook?

There is an article over on CCN where Omar Gallaga goes into having the pre-teen children infiltrating Facebook and comments about Mark Zuckerberg's "suggested the company may wage a legal fight to change or repeal the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which restricts what private information a website can collect from kids younger than 13 without a parent's permission."

Cyber Camp Develops Tomorrow’s IT Security Pros

Government Technology website has an article about an information security challenge:


At 10:49 a.m. last Friday, Prof. Dan Manson cupped his hands over his mouth and shouted to seven teams of five eager people that they could begin a virtual Capture the Flag competition at the 2011 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp at Cal Poly Pomona. 
 
The players manned laptops and began the simulation in which they entered a network to infiltrate servers, conduct penetration tests, analyze attacks and contents of files, overtake control of networked services and crack passwords. 

Interesting day in information security

Today has been a big day for news in the Information Security. The Department of Justice has the news on their own website regarding "Sixteen Individuals Arrested in the United States for Alleged Roles in Cyber Attacks More Than 35 Search Warrants Executed in United States, Five Arrests in Europe as Part of Ongoing Cyber Investigations"  

New Website simple template

I've been spending the last several evenings working on a new simple template for my website based on the Zen template. I finally got it looking the mostly the same in all web browsers. Including Internet explorer versions 8 and 9. Since even Microsoft doesn't support Internet Explorer 6, I'm going to stop trying to get it to work in that version even though I know several corporations that still use version 6.

I'm definitely interested in feedback on the template which is now live. But please use an web browser other than IE6.

Cornerstones of Trust 2011

Yesterday was the 2011 Cornerstones of Trust conference in Foster City, and we had a great turnout. There were 29 sponsor booths from various information security vendors. Four great tracks that were mostly full.

During one of the track session that I attended during the event was the Computer Incident Response Planning session presented by Neal McCarthy.

Words with friends update - Android

I was super excited when this came out, however, the last few updates have made this game unplayable. I've been trying to play for several days now and all of my games have blank playing boards and scores of 0.

Today my wife asked me why I resigned all my games. 

I didn't resign any games. Come on Zynga, what's going on with this now?

What an amazing ride yesterday

Panoramic Image from Top of the World Livermore
Rusty bulldozer in a field
My Motorcycle

On Thursday, I took my motorcycle to the shop to get a new battery and brakes. I also needed new tires so I got those as well as a battery tender. Since this is my 3rd battery for this bike.

I didn't go anywhere on Friday or Saturday, so the first opportunity that I had to go for a ride was Sunday. I couldn't find my ear plugs, so the first stop was to Rite-Aid. From there I decided to just, "go". I packed the camera for when I stop or see something worth photographing.

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