Archive for the ‘Hacks’ Category

Security, Art of Hacking, & the Worst 2014 Security Breaches

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Hacked TargetSecurity is hot; no doubt about it. Consider the fact that between 2011 and 2013, venture investors put nearly $3 billion into cyber security companies, resulting in new funding for some 300 firms (Source: Thomson Reuters). Worldwide security software revenue alone totaled $19.9 billion in 2013, a 4.9 percent increase from 2012 revenue of $19.0 billion (Source: Gartner). According to Gartner, global cybersecurity spending is to reach $76.9 billion in 2015 and $80 billion in 2016; in 2011 it stood at $55 billion. (more…)


TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe 2013 Recap and Winners

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe 2013

TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe 2013

At TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe in Berlin (Oct 25 – 27, 2013), coders, hackers, engineers, and designers from multiple countries spent the last 24 hours to build the best product possible. Top price was $5000 with many other sponsored prizes [tablets, vouchers/certificates, trips (flights/accommodations), cash] also handed out by the following companies: Crunchbase, Foarsquare, Lufthansa, Mashery, PayMill, Zalando, Weather Underground, Xing Yammer. (more…)


Blocking Hackers From Accessing Your Switch via Telnet/SSH

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

It’s amazing how much rattling at the doors and attempted intrusions companies become accustomed to seeing on their networks. Here I show a simple way to block telnet/SSH access to your switch. First, you should never use telnet to manage your switch over the Internet because the traffic is sent unencrypted and it is therefore insecure; SSH is the better option. Perhaps you only want to manage the switch from an internal network or only want to allow or block some hosts from using telnet/ssh. Below, I block all telnet/ssh access to the switch. I’m using a Dell Force10 S50N switch [FTOS]. (more…)


How to Transfer Your Putty Settings Between PCs Running Windows

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people ask me how they can export their Putty settings. For those of you who have been completely in the dark for the last decade, Putty is a Telnet and SSH client for Windows and Unix. Below I outline the steps to accomplish this goal; these steps should work for all versions of Windows. (more…)


Screen Scraping with Perl to get the top 25 Websites and the Web Servers they use

Friday, October 21st, 2011

This was a really fun little script I wrote that I thought I would share with everyone. I basically wrote a Perl script using the popular LWP Perl module to screen scrape and obtain the top 25 sites and the web servers they use. Once I screen scrape to get the relevant website, I am able to send a specific request to the server to obtain further information. (more…)


Facebook Hack – How “shared” is your website on Facebook?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

In this blog I describe a cool little data mining hack you can use to determine how “shared” a specific website is on Facebook. Let’s say you want to determine how often the “” site has been “shared” on Facebook. Simply type in the following as the URL address in a browser: “”. The syntax to use to check any site is “[website_address]“. See below snapshots for examples. Have fun! (more…)