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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Unfortunately, most of this information is between three and six months out of date.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 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:

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.

A little bit of hacker history, for folks who didn't live through it:

Back in 1985, LEOs started setting up and running boards to sting hackers. They went to great lengths to make them look 'legit' insofar as the hacker community was concerned, even going so far as to use some of the phone phreaking tricks of the time to make the boards look more like the HPAC/V boards of the time.

The folks who ran those boards never, ever, ever mentioned they were cops, or indeed any kind of official. In point of fact, none of us knew until the raids were over and done with and the defendants went to trial.

That somebody - anybody - in the Fediverse would talk about their professional life and affiliations in any way flies in the face of how law enforcement agencies actually do stuff.

It also shows a profound lack of knowledge of what "information security professional" actually means. It's not code for "mercenary black hat h4x0r," it means that in our day jobs we do information security work. Sometimes it's red team, which many want to think it is. Usually it's blue team, which is not sexy, boring, or counterculture. But, we do it for a reason, which is we want to try to make life in the twenty-first century a little safer. Nobody ever counts the data breaches that don't happen, and that's because we work our asses off to keep them from happening. We read logs, run honeypots, complain on internal IRC servers, and yes, deal with professional organizations, the origins of some tend to make people act without thinking or even doing a Google search.

When you do incident response, you sometimes have to deal with law enforcement. There are times that, regardless of the severity the feds have to be called in, and you have to work with them. And sometimes, really bad things happen and the feds get called in because it's "holy fuck" bad. Like most of the botnets of the last five years.

Those of you who espouse organization and collective action are acting exactly the same way as groups that ostracize and accuse members who actually practice operational and information security, keep tabs on threats and collect intelligence of that which you are organizing against. And ignore their warnings.

Love is the Law, Love under Will.

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

Remember the Morris worm of 2 November 1988?

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 ( 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.

medicine, cancer, wtf 

The r00tf0lds Folding@home team ( is ranked 70 out of 254498 teams as of 2020-08-05 15:47:59. They have processed 418196 work units across 1062 cores. The team's overall score is 12765941915 credits, a change of 135762982.0.

The Rosetta@home team ( has an overall score of 8149063.56 credits as of the morning of 5 August 2020. This is a change of 10859.48.

The Folding@home team ( is ranked 1044 out of 254498 teams as of 2020-08-05 15:27:45. They have processed 31764 work units across 47 cores. The team's overall score is 349364766 credits, a change of 679639.0 points since yesterday.

This town is really squicking me these days.

fuck cancer, medicine, gross 

I learned something from orangesite.

That's one of the signs of the apocalypse, isn't it?

(ftr, it was the silver rule)

uspol, lebanon 

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I'm about to do a Reddit AMA about BlueLeaks, the 269gb hack of police data, with Mara Hvistendahl from The Intercept. We've been digging into the data and reporting on it -- ask any questions you have!

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...they've bought a $450m stake in home security giant ADT, which will turn ADT customers into nonconsensual Nest customers.

Under the deal, ADT customers' security cameras will be "upgraded" to Nest devices whose videos will be sent to Google for long-term storage and machine-learning analysis.


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Then there were the internal empire-builders at Google that kept Nest from being properly secured, leading to a rash of voyeurs who spied on and terrorized Nest owners by screaming obscenities at them and their kids:

None of this should be happening. For decades, America's competition law operated on the presumption of "structural separation" - the idea that companies should not be allowed to form vertical monopolies:


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less +F filename.log # Using +F option or pressing F in less is similar to `tail -f filename.log` but can use less's features.

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Please help Beirut :
Blood banks in Lebanon need blood urgently.

The Lebanese Red Cross needs blood donations at transfusion centers in: Tripoli, Jounieh, Antelias, Spears, Zahle, Saida, and Nabatieh.

If you are able to Please Donate.
Share this around.
#beirut_بيروت #beirutexplosion

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i got my node bot running by setting up a new package.json and starting from scratch.

still getting cannot GET errors on the server, but i suspect that something to do with the configuration or routes. i do have it working locally.

anyone ever get one of these things running on cPanel? i'm so frustratingly close to nailing it!

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Historical programming-language groups disappearing from Google

*visible concern and disappointment*
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I want to thank @thegibson and @ryen for letting me move to this nice hacker town. I used to live elsewhere and I'm hoping I'll feel more at home here.

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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.