Several months ago, Wild Blue, my satellite Internet provider, stopped working at my house. After repeated, 1 hour or longer phone calls to technical support and customer service, it was revealed that they had the wrong credit card information on file. However, despite repeated 1 hour or longer calls to resolve this, they didn’t re-enable our account. The effect was, we were without service for approximately a month from March to April. Continue reading “So Long, Wild Blue”
Actual phone conversation I just had:
MS: “Thank you for calling Microsoft, my name is Manju, may I have the first six numbers in the activation window?” Continue reading “Thank you for calling Microsoft, my name is Manju”
Day 6, auditing Unix. By this time, most of the class was pretty wiped. With a few exceptions, (myself included) the bulk of the class had little or no Unix experience, so having to do stuff on the Unix command line was… well, eye-opening. Continue reading “SANSFire 2008, Audit 507, Day 6 – Unix”
It took a while, but I finally decided to read the error reports. When I did so, I found that nearly every one of Firefox’s crashes that I experienced was related to a specific extension. I dug around in the registry and the extensions folder, and found that it was none other than the Java plugin.
Living on the edge, I decided to just remove it. I uninstalled Java, then deleted references to the plugin in the registry and filesystem. Voila. Everything works and Firefox hasn’t crashed on me in over a week.
Actually, I might have gotten phished, scammed, or trojaned – I really can’t tell. Anyway, I just returned from SANSFire 2008, and had the following email waiting for me in my inbox: Continue reading “I Almost Got Phished!”
Day 5: Auditing Windows systems. Not really a lot of earth-shattering news here today. Having been exposed to Windows tools like MMC, Security Policies and Group Policies, and the Event Viewer for years now, I was in pretty familiar territory. There were some reminders (why LM hashes are bad, what to do about them if you still have them) and some new ideas (methods for baselining a system and taking periodic diffs to compare, moving forward), but no real “aha moments” for me. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’ve had enough new stuff for now. At least today my brain did not feel like it was completely overflowing.
I also took a sneak peek at tomorrow’s book on auditing Unix. Familiar stuff there too. (*phew!*)
Yes, I got an email with this subject in my inbox this morning. I thought I’d share, in case anyone else wanted to claim their prize as well. Continue reading “Congratulations!! *You Have Won 500,000.00 GBP*”
Day four of SANSFire 2008, and I’m feeling a bit tired.
Alright, I am burned out.
Continue reading “SANSFire 2008 – Audit 507, Day 4 – Web applications”
Today is the fifth anniversary of our wedding.
(Yes, I’m in Washington, D.C. while my wife is at home. Sure to be a popular move at some point in the future, but I digress!)
Happy anniversary, babe! Love you!