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This makes me wonder about the cosmetic part of buliding cyborg bodies in Ghost In the Shell.

Are there people who specialize in buttcheeks? I mean, seriously.. crafting the human-like parts of high-end prosthetic bodies has got to be a really important thing, with great attention to detail. Careful sculpting. Picking the right formulations of synthetic skin for different parts of the body depending upon how they wear through normal use (joints that flex a lot, joints that flex once in a while, parts of the body where skin stretches, and so forth) has to be a thing.

Which means that there are artisans who spend incredible amounts of time designing, modelling, sculpting, and stress testing the visible components of buttcheeks.

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Verifying myself: I am
@drwho in the
Fediverse.
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@packbat

Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Infragard for laybeings:

Infragard is described as a public sector/private sector partnership (part of the FBI, though I don't know off the top of my head which one) where they share intel pertaining to information security with active security professionals. This means, you have to work for a company which is in a fairly important field, such as aerospace, a tier-1 or tier-2 ISP, finance, or software products. I worked at NASA at the time, and later went into fintech. Both times I had to join Infragard because I did information security as my job. When I worked as a pen tester for a consultancy, it was before Infragard existed, otherwise I'd have had to join.

Yes, I had to undergo a background check. They want to make sure that members work for established companies, actually do security work, and don't have any connections to criminal groups that would try to misuse the information (at the time it was Russian organized crime they were worried about).

Being a member of Infragard means you get access to bulletins a couple of weeks before the information goes public. Most of it is under Chatham House rules - you can use it, but you can't say "I got this from Infragard."

Unfortunately, most of this information is between three and six months out of date. If you do even a minimal amount of proactive intel gathering as a security practitioner (run honeypots, read your server logs manually once or twice a week), or have any kind of intelligence system in place () you'll scoop them easily.

Supposedly they have classified infosec intel that they disseminate, but I've never seen any of it. If I had, common sense says I'd stay the hell away from a site like hackers.town and not say a damned thing about this tempest in a teapot.

Infragard has periodic members-only meetings where they talk about stuff going on. The group nomenclature /APT [0-9]*/ was first brought up during some of these seminars. Once in a great while a speaker will bring up something timely, but most of the time the meetings are pretty much a waste of time. Most of the ones I went to had to do with security policy compliance (meaning, "Did you follow all the steps in $handbook to lock your shit down?"), logging and analysis, that Windows XP wasn't going out of support just yet (at the time), and stuff like that. It's usually two or three speakers with an MC from Infragard while the rest of us sit in uncomfortable plastic chairs drinking crappy coffee and eating more-than-halfway-decent bagels and muffins for breakfast.

Yes, I had to wear a suit to attend. Highly uncomfortable in the DC metroplex in the summer, I can assure you.

No super-secret info, tips, or tricks were given out. I wish. It's all stuff that you'd know anyway if you'd ever been a system administrator. Hell, most of the people there weren't even techies, they were policy wonks. Quite a few times I was the only person there who actually worked /with/ and /on/ computers in any capacity. I was certainly the only person there with long hair.

For the record, if you want the High Gibson 0-day intel, crash a room party or two at Defcon or HOPE. That's where the good stuff is.

Infragard does not solicit, demand, or even request intel from its members. Everything was push (they tell us stuff), not pull (we tell them stuff). I doubt they'd even listen to us if we did tell them anything. A couple of times I spoke to presenters during breaks to correct them, because their knowledge of something was incorrect (see above remark about doing proactive infosec stuff) and either their eyes glazed over or they "Well, actually"'d me.

It's nothing really impressive if you have a technical background. Most of the time you'd be bored out of your mind, unless you were a checkbox-checker that did C&A (certification and accreditation) work (which is NOT actually testing security, it's asking questions on a checklist, only about 1/3 to 1/2 actually have anything to do about actual infosec; but that's a rant for another time).

Ostensibly I'm still an active member even though I haven't logged into the Infragard portal in about three years, though I still get the e-mails (I currently have over 200 in a folder, unopened, because most of the information is simply useless), and I can't be bothered to sit on the phone for three hours until I get through to a human who can unlock the account I never log into, anyway.

At no time, to the best of my knowledge, were any of us questioned about things we knew about or did. We were never even asked about stuff we saw going on in our own networks. I certainly wasn't, and I saw a lot of shit flying around on the Net at the time. Nobody ever told (or even gently suggested) to any us to keep an eye and ear open for anything interesting happening on Twitter, Facebook, or anything else. Hell, at the time Infragard didn't even seem to know anything about Lulzsec's shenanagains at the time, nor did any of the other members I talked to at seminars. I was the only person in the DC Infragard chapter who did, because I'd tasked part of me with monitoring the situation.

If the FBI /did/ want to monitor the Fediverse... well, pull up your profile and hit View Source. You'll see an RSS feed for everything you post. Here's mine: hackers.town/users/drwho.atom

tl;dr, they could surveil the Fediverse with a feed reader or even a shitty Perl script. No NSA magick required. Not even an account on that instance is required. So, there would be no point to standing up an instance for the purpose of surveillance.

Ask me anything I forgot about. I'll answer honestly and to the best of my ability. If I don't know, I'll say "I don't know."

Love is the Law, Love under Will.

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Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Another bit of hacker history for you, if you didn't live through it:

Remember the Morris worm of 2 November 1988?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_w

The one that helped inspire one of the movies hackers love to hate, _Hackers_?

The Morris worm used a couple of exploitation techniques that we consider largely obsolete these days, namely, buffer overflows and stack corruption for remote code execution. In 1988.

In 1988, hacking was pretty much "guess lots of passwords until you get lucky." That's it. That's what we had.

rtm (Robert Tappan Morris, Jr.) was writing RCE exploits in 1988. In comparison, _Smashing the Stack for Fun and Profit_ by Aleph1 (www-inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs) was published in Phrack issue 49 (8 November 1996). Think about that for a moment. He was about seven years ahead of the state of the art for the hacker community.

RTM's father, Robert Morris senior worked for NSA between 1985 and 1994. He helped write some of the security standards that we take for granted these days, whether or not we realize that they were published in the Rainbow Books. He was also a Chief Scientist while at NSA.

There is an excellent chance (more likely a certainty) that most of the exploitation techniques that the hacker community takes for granted were discovered, perfected, and weaponized years before they were effectively rediscovered by the underground (or the professional infosec community). rtm certainly knew about some of those techniques, though exactly how remains a matter of speculation.

Are you okay with that state of affairs?

Love is the Law, Love under Will.

oh you wrote the primary tool for rooting android systems for the past few years? yeah you're hired! also you're not allowed to work on that anymore but we won't tell you that until after you signed the contract.

figured out a way to dump and modify the microcode in older intel cpus, and have your eye on newer ones? hired! and now you have to sign an nda and can't talk about our microcode anymore!

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concerning to me how companies are successfully stopping people who figure out how their hardware works and how to make it do "unintended" things, by hiring them

I need a cable

to the tune of I need a hero

My skin has always been on the oily side.

What gets me, though, is looking at a pillowcase I've been using for a week, and you can see the headprints on it.

Ew.

I hope y'all appreciate my dedication to the joke here (at least, those of you familiar with what F242 looks like, but do know that I have deep appreciation for all 8 of you) because wow that thing is itchy without a shirt under it.

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Just got my @bHaptics@twitter.com tactsuit x40!

Pretty sure Iโ€™m legally required to listen to Front 242 while wearing this though.

@drwho@hackers.town snail mail spam? i wonder what's behind this whole warranty push thing, anyway. at first i thought it was just another scam but with all this hub-bub regarding Right to Repair and with the EPA sticking their dick in the "off road use only" automotive industry making spare parts impossible to swap between cars, i'm thinking this might be coordinated chaos.

oh

found this

https://www.bbb.org/us/ga/atlanta/profile/auto-insurance/united-automotive-insurance-services-0443-28120760

only one complaint! amazing!

Here's how 1-800 numbers work:

You buy one from your telco. The 800 number automatically forwards to one or more not-toll free numbers (rotary hunting) when someone calls them.

Thing about toll-free numbers is, the person who bought the 800 has to pay for each and every call that completes to it.

I got another one of those "you have not contacted us regarding mechanical coverage on your vehicle" snail mail spams today.

The phone number is 1-833-330-5439

It's toll free in the United States.

It would really, really suck if a whole bunch of people called it nine or ten times and hung up on them.

โ€œBut itโ€™s a slippery slooooope!โ€ Itโ€™s actually not. There is no slippery slope in saying, โ€œNazis are repugnant and weโ€™re not going to associate with them or make their hatemongering easier.โ€

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โ€œBut controlling a personโ€™s language means that youโ€™ve got complete control of the way they think.โ€ lithub.com/how-and-why-america

On Mastodon, you can add up to four items (text, links or emoji) to your profile using a feature called "Metadata".

Access it by going to:

Preferences > Profile > Appearance > Profile Metadata (click "Save Changes" when you have finished editing)

If you are adding a link, remember to include https:// at the beginning, so that it works properly and is clickable.

You can be creative with Metadata, for example "Pizza" as a label and ๐Ÿ as content.

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse

Hey friends in western North America! It's prolly going to be a bad fire season so buy your air filters before they get scarce! Wirecutter recommendations for Coway and Blueair are gold and they give good instructions for a cheap DIY one that works pretty well.

comp.sci: "$foo is considered harmful."

tech industry: "Let's do this lol!"

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hackers.town

A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.