Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dinosaurs [in the county court]

So ... I was in the Cook County Court in Rolling Meadows, IL Monday morning.

The reason doesn't matter ... OK, I had a "great driver" citation I had to take care of ... but as I was called up to the counter I started getting that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

As I glanced over to my left, as she was typing, I noticed a few things.  First, her machine was running Windows XP, which I guess isn't all that bad considering the pace of change in local government and technology.  I mean, didn't they just get off of rotary phones like last year?

Next, I noticed that the screen she was typing into was one of those emulated VT100 screens, running some proprietary terminal application connected to a server at on port ...*facepalm*... port 23.

That's right kids, this was my vehicle and drivers history all at her fingertips over telnet.

Now - before I freaked out I reminded myself that this was a closed-ended network ...and that it was probably pretty hard to get onto their network... that is until curiosity got the best of me and I turned my iPhone's WiFi antenna on... and found that there were 4 networks in range, one appropriately titled "Clerk_Gen" running ...wait for it ... WEP encryption.

Alright, I stopped short of hopping onto their network and connecting to that VT100 terminal to find anything I could  ... but how hard would that be?  I mean, seriously?  They're using telnet obviously clear-text and they're using WEP encryption for their wireless access points?

I give up.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Is It Even A Question?

So, what you're saying is by installing this plug-in to Chrome, which I haven't seen or vetted the source code for, I'm giving it access to my data on all websites and my browsing history?

Why would a paste-bin tool need access to my browsing history?  Shouldn't this plug-in be enabled on a per-site basis, where I want to use it rather than give it global access to everything I browse?!

Why would anyone in their right mind click the Install button!?  Or am I just that paranoid?

Monday, July 12, 2010

When All Else Fails ... Sue

Just a quick note because I can't believe what I'm reading this morning.  It's been all over Twitter, and now it's written up in Forbes Online ...

Headline Reads:

Wowza.  I almost spit my coffee through my nose this morning when I read that!  There are so many things that I want to say in comment - but I will limit them to the (mostly) factoid-based thoughts...

  • Maybe I'm missing something ...but looking up this pink-sheet stock (LGTT.PK) shows a healthy $0.00 value ...which is about right
  • How is LIGATT's legal team going to prove that Chris and the others manipulated a stock that has zero value?
  • What lies were these people spreading? I seem to recall many non-truths that Greg and his thinly veiled personas were spreading via Twitter ...
The best is this quote ... from Greg Evans himself:

"Evans explains that he hopes to set a trend by starting these investigations. "Once we begin suing bashers, other OTC companies will follow. 99% of these people who are bashing the company's stock have never ran a business, or know anything about business. They think that they can spread lies about a company with no repercussions, and that will not happen with LIGATT," says Evans."
Gotta love wishful thinking right?

Hey, he is the world's #1 Hacker ...and he did take Kevin Mittnick "under his wing" (which Kevin completely denies), and he is a CISSP ...or maybe he just made everything up.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hotel Maid = Security?

I'm not easily impressed anymore.

That being said, I can't tell you how many times over the years, given the number of hotel rooms I've been in, I've walked back to my room only to find that it was being cleaned ...door propped wide open, maid inside happily cleaning away - and I walked right in.

So this morning I felt like I had to give some kudos where it's very rightfully deserved, because I'm impressed.

I'm staying in the Delta Beausejour Hotel here in Moncton, N.B. Canada, so for a boutique hotel in a small northeast Canadian city I wasn't expecting much in the way of security.  Boy was I wrong!

Big kudos to the maid who was cleaning my room, because when I tried to just barge right in, she quickly yelled "Wait, stop!", then jumped in front of me, slammed the door shut and waited for me to use my room key card to get in.

I've been in several different countries, hundreds of different hotels throughout the world ...and this is the first time this has happened.  Typically the maids will just say hello and politely step aside as you walk into the room - whether it's really yours or not!  Not this time, not here in Moncton.

Bravo!  Now, if every hotel could be like this, I would feel the need to carry everything valuable with me when I walk out of my room.  Bravo indeed.