Inside Eugene’s Gibson (EC-Council, Part II)

Mess with the best, die like the rest, amirite?

Mess with the best, die like the rest, amirite?

(Note: Earlier this week, I presented evidence of a Finnish individual by the name Julius Kivimaki being the perpetrator behind the EC-Council hack over the weekend. You should read that post first, if you haven’t already.)

tl;dr: Last weekend, a person using the nickname ‘Eugene Belford’ took over the DNS for the EC-Council, an organization that certifies “Ethical Hackers”, and pointed it to his server, where he displayed a picture of Edward Snowden’s US passport.

Last night, our team obtained access to the server used in the EC-Council hack. Somebody asked for, and received from Julius, a shell on his server for the purposes of sending spam and phishing emails. This person turned the shell over to us, we then elevated to root access, and had a look around. Here’s a small list of what we uncovered: Continue reading

Who Hacked EC-Council?

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It’s not really hacking. Just FYI.

Update:┬áSince the writing of this article, I was invited to see the contents of Mr. Kivimaki’s dedicated server after another party compromised it. You can read the analysis of what I found here.

Two days ago, the website for the EC-Council was broken into and defaced. The EC-Council is an organization that certifies so-called ‘ethical hackers’. The website was defaced and its content was replaced with a picture of Edward Snowden, and an HTML comment that gives away the identity of the “hacker”.

Once control of the website was given back to the rightful owners, a known password was used to again deface the website, to bring it to it’s current state now. It now contains a scan of Mr. Snowden’s passport and a letter from the US Department of Defense affirming his experience as a security researcher.

Continue reading to learn the hacker’s identity.

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The 3 Entry Level IT Workers

A D-Mail is about to be sent back 2 hours

Maybe I just need a giant tube TV?

A shorter post this time around. Not as wordy.

I’ve always needed a little cash here and there for my various forays and experiments. My most recent was a failure. As it turns out, you can’t use a microwave to send text messages back in time. I blame the Organization.

The funding for these fun things has, for about a year now, come from doing contract IT work. It’s always hourly, and it’s always for less than a week. I’ve done about 20 of these little jobs so far, and I’ve been able to sort pretty much all of my coworkers into three groups: People with skills getting a start in IT, people whose family always told them they were good with computers, and a much sadder group I’ll save for last. Continue reading

Bitcasa’s Big Gimmick: Dead

bitcasa-logoBefore I begin, I’d like to start by pointing out that this post isn’t going to be a Bitcasa bash fest. They’re a business, and they’re free to price their product however they wish. The market will decide whether they sink or swim. I’d just like to offer some perspective on the situation. That said, let’s begin.

Bitcasa is, at a first glance, just another cloud storage service. Their big gimmick is “infinite storage”; You can just keep dumping things in there and the free space will always be multiple exabytes. Well, they just shot their big golden goose right in the face, by pricing this service way out of the market.

To put it short, they simultaneously said that 98% of their users don’t use a huge amount of storage, and then started charging almost a hundred dollars a month for the very thing that made them unique in the first place.

Keep reading, and I’ll give you more background, more detail, why this had to happen, why it was a bad move for them, and what they could have done instead.

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Welcome Back

My girl's looking at me like "You for real, dude?"

My girl’s looking at me like “You for real, dude?”

It’s been almost a year since r000t.com disappeared from the Internet. I won’t go into details as to why, I don’t like to talk about the past.

I, of course, could have just put the old site back up and continued on as usual, but I’ve had time to think about my website, and where I’d like to see it go in the future. I gave it quite a bit of thought, but through everything, there was a single, all encompassing reality that I just couldn’t shake: Nobody gave a damn about the people I was exposing and ripping on. Not Jerry, not ********, and not Anonymous. Also, exposing and ripping on people is a very petty thing to do.

The new format for the website is a tad nebulous at this point. Read the whole post to learn what I’ve finally decided to do with the site.

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