Lots more server cleanup

Wow, I am finding just TONS of old stuff that I have never even seen before digging through some old sites that have been sitting there neglected.  Lots of photos, art, articles, and just tons of content that may have never been seen or released.

If I continue to get things cleaned up, maybe I can get them organized one day and figure out some way tot release them.  Even if they are not still relevant, they are interesting from a historical perspective.

I also found some juicy gossipy type stuff from some people who were talking shit about me behind my back but who do not realize that things are logged.  You would really think that any hacker worth a grain of salt should know better. *shrug*

Cleaning up the server(s)

Removing  a bunch of old domains and content form over the years, mostly old projects that are long dead anyway so nothing new and exciting.

What prompted this?  Well, look for a relaunch of one long neglected project that *has* been alive but not getting the love that it deserves.  An old friend has volunteered to give it a redesign and relaunch.

No one reads this site, so a teaser here will not give anything away… but if it does, just be happy about it and watch for more news soon.

Free IRC hosting!

Well, I am not sure if hosting is the best wording there, but now that we are on a nice stable new server, we are able to offer any sites or hacking groups who want their own IRC channel or channels a place to live.

IRC.BINREV.NET is our official IRC network and home of a very active #binrev community. Beyond that, it also houses channels for the assorted BR groups (not many left these days), the HPR channel, and many more. If you have a small community and want to have a reliable server where you can have your own registered channels and nicks, run bots (not botnets, lets be clear about that), and join a server that is already active with members that may cross over into your channels or channels that you may also join, then binrev.net is the place for you.

Contact me if you are interested. I’m pretty easy to find. Post a reply to this entry if all else fails.

Hackers for charity… but where are the hackers?

I just saw a post from my good friend Johnny Long about why he won’t make it to defcon this year. Johnny is one of the greatest human beings that I know inside or outside of the hacking community. He said the same thing that I have been feeling for years and has the same frustrations. I know EXACTLY how he feels. He started a wonderful project with hacker for charity, but as so often happens, you only have a small number of people on whom you can rely. It ends up being a lot of work and if no ones comes on board and steps up to assist, then it becomes a one man show. Eventually, that one man hits a wall.

I was very fortunate to have a lot of great friends in hacking that helped get binrev and all of our assorted projects going. Sadly, most of the projects have fallen to the wayside or have been abandoned completely as real life pulled people towards other priorities. Most of us still hack. I know that ntheory and I are working on some things right now. dual pops his head up every once in a while with something kool. I talk to decoder all the time still. But we are only a few people that are doing things while everyone else consumes. I could segue here into a rant on consumerism, but it is ironic that hackers, a bunch of seemingly anti-consumers, are such mindless consumers of information without actually creating any new content of their own.

Take a note from Hacker Public Radio. Those guys and girls are doing it right. Please support them. Support hackers for charity. Support can mean anything from finances, to time, to knowledge, or just mentoring someone in these very forums. Find a way to support ANY/ALL hackers. If not, we will regress as a community instead of growing as a family. We are all family…aren’t we?

Look at me! I’m qualified to be a “US cyber defender”

United States Department of Defense Embraces Hacker Certification to Protect US Interests
ALBUQUERQUE NM, March 1, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announces the official approval of the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification program as a new baseline skills requirement for U.S.cyber defenders. Specifically, the new Certified Ethical Hacker program is required for the DoD’s computer network defenders (CND’s), a specialized personnel classification within the DoD’s information assurance workforce.

The Certified Ethical Hacker requirement falls under the auspices of DoD Directive 8570 Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. The current version (incorporating Change 2) was signed by Assistant Secretary of Defense, John G. Grimes and was officially instated on February 25, 2010. Directive 8570 provides clear guidance to information assurance training, certification and workforce management across all components of the DoD.

The CND groups protect, monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity within DoD information systems and computer networks.

With this directive, military service, contractors, and foreign employees across all job descriptions must show 100-percent compliance with the new Certified Ethical Hacker training requirement by 2011. This shows the DoD’s focus on better training and preparation of the U.S. military workforce in this area.

The Certified Ethical Hacker qualification tests the certification holder’s knowledge in the mindset, tools and techniques of a hacker, fortifying it’s certification tag line: “To beat a hacker, you must think like one.”

“CEH has been selected due to the immense technical and tactical nature of the certification,” said Jay Bavisi, co-founder and president of EC-Council. “It is one of the most technically advanced certifications on the directive for CND professionals. In fact, it is the only certification approved across four out of the five categories to prepare the CND teams. While other policy-based programs add value, CEH prepares the U.S. CNDs to combat hackers in real time, defending U.S. interests globally.”

Bavisi added: “We have been researching this space for quite some time and with this mandate from the DoD, there has never been a better time for us to beat the hackers at their own game. We are racing to research complex hacker techniques and in the next release of our CEH program, we hope to showcase in over 150 modules, detailed and extremely complex attack and countermeasures that will help raise the level of knowledge of the CND teams.”

KEY FACTS:
· CEH is now formally integrated into the certification requirements for U.S. DoD IA Workforce
· CEH is now required for CND Analyst, CND Infrastructure Support, CND Incident Responder, and CND Auditor as defined by
Directive 8570
· Newly revised DoD 8570 is available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/857001m.pdf
· More information about EC-Council and Directive 8570 can be found at https://www.eccouncil.org/about_us/dod_8570.aspx

ABOUT EC-COUNCIL:
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

EC-Council has trained over 60,000 individuals and certified more than 26,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For more information about EC-Council, visit the website: www.eccouncil.org

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Look at me! I am qualified to be a cyber security czar…person..hacker…dude…something or other.

Haters…Why do they hate?

I awoke one morning to find this message in IRC at around 5 AM.

–> Peroxyde (Dylan@omghax-4CF3650B.home.cgocable.net) has joined #binrev
<Peroxyde> Huh, just as pathetic as I expected.
<Peroxyde> Kudos on ruining the community, StankDawg.
<– Peroxyde has quit (Quit: SHAZAM)

This is the shit that I have to put up with… Is there no wonder why I want to quit?

Binary Revolution Radio uploads bring back memories

I have been slowly but surely uploading episodes of Binary Revolution Radio to our downloads module after a long drought of not having a valid archive.

I customized the section include air dates and show hosts and I have been copying over show notes (which has been an adventure since HTML does not always play well with BBCODE) and as I do this I am reminded of a lot of great times with great friends. I ended the show after 4 seasons because towards the end, it started to become a chore and a burden because expectation were there every week for people and I was trying to keep everyone happy but at the cost of my own enjoyment of the show. When I realized this, I knew that it was time to end it.

But man, while I was doing it, even the last stressful episodes, I had a blast. This was one of the funnest things that I ever did in my life. It was me along with some of my best friends just talking tech and hacking and just being ourselves and doing what we do. We were thinking, challenging boundaries, questioning authority and taking stances on what we believed in. We were learning and teaching at the same time. We were laughing, joking around, and even, on some pathetic occasions, singing. I bore my soul on that show sometimes. I look back and do not regret anything I ever said on that show and if you really want to know who StankDawg really is and what he is all about, just go back and listen to these shows.

That was me.

That *is* me.

I am not, nor have I ever been, fake and I know exactly who I am. You will not find me saying or doing one thing and then going on livejournal or a blog somewhere and pretending to be someone that I am not to people that don’t even know the real me. If you listened to those episodes, you already know the real me.

EFF Fundraiser 2009

What is this about?

LOOK AT THOSE SEXY PICS!!!

Most of you don’t know my personal life, but I have been going through a rough year. You can look back through my blawg for some of the boring details. During this time, I have not gotten a haircut. I had grown a little mohawk/fauxhawk the last time I got it cut which was back in mid-June so even when I had it cut then, it was still pretty long on the top. Now, I have a full on “wh4fro” (White Afro…for hackers). So after a bad breakup, I pretty much decided to let my hair keep growing just for the fun of it and to “bring it back”. I am rocking the visor and the old 70s white basketball player look and I can pull it off…well, I keep telling myself that anyway. I am ready to move on with my life and put 2009 behind me and move on to 2010 and start anew. I decided to rock this out until the end of the year and then start the new year with a haircut as a sort of “cleansing” act for my life.

So…I figured that since I will be cutting my hair anyway…why not dramatard it up with a full buzzcutt! I decided that I can use my pathetic whiny life to the benefit of someone else. One of my philosophies in life has always been that no matter how bad you think you have it, someone else has it worse and you can always help someone else. I want to apply this by turning my self-renewal into something positive for someone else. I have always supported the EFF so I thought that I would do a fundraiser to shave my hear for “Internet freedom”! How is that for a fucking dramatard announcement?

Here are the details:

As far as the haircut goes, I will do it over the Christmas break. I will take a set of clippers and just buzz right through it all…OK, I won’t personally, but someone will buzz it for me. I will not shave it with a razor, just a buzzcut. I will film it for an episode of HackTV (probably the PWNED series, that sounds about right) for proof. You don’t have to care about the haircut at all to donate and/or participate. The haircut is just my way of making this fun and trying to give my grown as a person some significance. You can ignore the haircut and do it totally for the perks listed below.

All money will be collected and donated to the EFF after the Christmas break. I will post totals. None of it will go to BinRev. I will eat the cost of the items listed below, including shipping. 100% of your donation will get to the EFF.

Whats in it for you?

We will accept donations of any size! All you have to do is submit your donation to orders@binrev.com which is our standard paypal account. Just put in a description or a note that your donation is for the EFF fundraiser and I will make sure that it gets included. If you donate one of the tiered amounts below, you will receive the benefits listed.

Tier 1: $25.00



  • Free 1 year membership to the financiers group with all of the benefits that it currently offers. If you already are a member of the financier group, I will extend it.
  • I will announce the HackTV episode in this group first, so you will be one of the first to see me make a fool out of myself.
  • My gratitude.

Tier 2: $50.00



  • All of the perks from tier 1.
  • 1 BINREV T-shirt (while supplies last, but I have a bunch of these left…XL only).

Tier 3: $100.00



  • All of the perks from tier 1 and tier 2.
  • Copies of magazine (while supplies last…I have very limited supplies of these so donate early!) I will personalize them for you if you want, just tell me in the notes of your donation.
  • Every little laptop sticker that I have laying around(from our friends at Memestreams, no starch press, and all kinds of other things), including a small number of stickers.

FAQTHBAY (Frequently asked questions that have not been asked yet):

Q: How do I know that this will make it to the EFF?
A: I will provide totals and counts of all donations at the end.

Q: Can I donate anonymously?
A: Of COURSE! I will not drop docs. You can also donate directly to the EFF if you prefer.

Q: Why should I care if you cut your hair? What’s the big deal?
A: LOOK AT THAT RIGHTEOUS FRO!!! Should I deprive the world of that gift?

Q: How long will it take to get my stuff?
A: Well, be patient with me. I will try to get everything out by the end of January 2010. I will get the accounts created as quickly as I can and hopefully as soon as I see the donation. Keep in mind that I will be out of town on vacation and then again on the Christmas holidays.

Q: Don’t I remember you complaining about “beg-a-thons” back on BinRev Radio?
A: Yes. Actually, I just hate the beg-a-thon over and over again seemingly all the time. This is the first such event that I have conducted EVER so I don’t feel like a total hypocrite…just a partial one.

Q: Can I be your “baby mama”?
A: I am single again.

WHAT I NEED FROM YOU GUYS and GALS:

Publicity! I need you guys to get the word out. Even if people don’t know or care about StankDawg or binrev, just get them to support the cause of the EFF! Emphasize that they will get perks of extra access to the forums, free blogs at binrev, and generally tell them what a great community we have here! Blog about it (you are using your free blogs here at binrev, right?) everywhere! Post in other forums. Do anything else that you think will get the word out and help[ us raise money for the EFF! I am sincere and I want this to be one of the biggest things that we have ever done. We have done smaller efforts in the past for the EFF, but in case this is my full retirement swan song (and I am not saying that it is or is not) I would like to leave something behind and feel that I helped someone in the process.

Participate! Hell, if anyone else wants to shave their head with me, upload some pics before/after and we can do it as a group! It will be fun! If you want to donate something for one of the tiers, let me know!

Support! Sincerely, this is all for the EFF. Put all of my sillyness and drama aside. I am having fun, but I am seriously trying to do something good here. I know times are tough, but please donate whatever you can. It will all go to the EFF and I will announce the totals and make sure it is all on the up-and-up. If you donate the amounts shown above, you will even get something to show for your donation from us. So you are getting something back for your donation. I will eat the cost of the shirts and magazines and shipping and all of that. 100% of your money will go to the EFF.

Please help us support this great cause.

How to clean and repair a dyson vacuum cleaner

I bought one of those expensive Dyson vacuum cleaners a few years ago and it worked pretty good…at first. Like every other vacuum, it started to lose power and go bad over time. I took a chance and spent like 400 bucks on it thinking it would last longer and work better than those cheap ones. After about 2 years, it got to the point where it was almost worthless. I cleaned the big middle canister and scrubbed it down frequently, but that didn’t so much. I also took the bottom rollers apart and scrubbed them as well. Still, nothing. Today’s task was to take it apart completely, which we hackers love to do, and see if I could fix it…make it stronger…build the 6 million dollar vacuum!!!! OK, maybe I just wanted fix my $400 dollar vacuum but that didn’t sound dramatic enough to post.

I took it out to the driveway to work on it outside so I didn’t make a mess. I took a couple of tools (brute force tools like pliers and a flathead screwdriver to pry stuff apart) and began methodically taking this thing apart. I went through the same process that I had been through before, cleaning and scrubbing each part as I removed it. I finally had the thing in pieces and thought that it wasn’t really that dirty and there was nothing that I saw that should have stopped it from working better. There were no noticeable blockages in any of the hoses/tubes. Nothing was stuck or clogged anywhere. The tornado chamber thing (or whatever the patented term is) where all of the dirt is caught was now as clean as a whistle and I could not seem to get it apart any further to see if there was anything more on the inside to clean. So after sitting there thinking that I would never buy one of these things again I went ahead and started putting it back together to go give it one last try when I noticed a small sticker on the bottom of the main unit itself. The sticker said to clean the filter once every 6 months. I thought, yeah, well I clean it and it doesn’t help. I started to put the central tornado unit thing back onto the base when I realized…wait a minute, these things don’t have normal filters like other vacuum cleaners…do they?

I always thought that the center piece, which I cleaned many times, was the filter. I took this off and looked again at the base and noticed that the center of the frame was round where the plastic tornado thing clicks in and it looked like it might have something beneath it. I looked closer and could see another sticker that showed that the center piece, which looks continuous and like it should not come apart, actually flips up to get access to another section. Do you want to guess what was in the section?

A FILTER!

I felt like a moron. I cannot believe that I never saw this before. I pried it open, careful not to break it, and sure enough, there is a small round filter maybe 8 inches in diameter and about an inch or two thick. It was COVERED in about an inch of pure crud. Dried crud, but crud none-the-less. It was clear that this was the reason that the thing had lost suction. I pulled it out, beat the big dirt off of it outside in the driveway and then brought it inside to clean in the sink. It turns out that this filter, like everything else on the Dyson, is strong and well designed. It is rubber on the sides and designed to be washed under the sink and squeezed to drain the water. After a minute or two of washing and letting it dry for another 30 minutes, I finally put the machine back together and sure and heck this thing was as good as new.

Now I consider myself to be a fairly smart guy, and I didn’t notice this section until a final breakdown of the entire machine. I wonder how many other people out there have also run into this problem and returned units, or thrown them away and/or written bad reviews about them all because they couldn’t find the filter either? I never even knew that a filter existed! I thought that was what made Dyson different but they are just like every other vacuum. They all need filters somewhere, and even when I bought it I knew that something was strange about a vacuum that didn’t have a filter and now, 3 years later, I find that I was right. So I don’t like the way that they make it sound like there is no filter involved, but even with that being said, it is still an awesome vacuum with good design and engineering.

So why am I writing about it here in a hacker blog? Because as hackers, we like to take stuff part, so it was actually a fun process. Sometimes we end up being unable to put them back together, but this one worked out for the best. Hackers are pretty good handymen (and women) and I don’t know why so many people don’t realize that. There is this old stereotype that we all sit on computers all day and are weak feeble invalids that don’t go out in sunlight, but the truth is that we make great mechanics because we hack our cars. We make great handymen and engineers because we take stuff apart, improve it, and fix it. We make great survivalists because we like to be prepared for anything. Hackers are so misunderstood in what makes us tick. We just like to be challenged…and that applies to everything, not just technology.

So go out and take something apart! Especially after it is broken or dying. Try to fix it or even improve it and put it back together. If it was broken, you don’t lose anything anyway. You might surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.