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Blog was hacked. Should now be clean

First post in over a year, and it’s to apologize to anyone who has been here recently and received a warning from their Antivirus software.

This site, along with a lot of others across many web hosting providers, suffered a WordPress hack which injected malicious code in to the web page, and redirected users off to another site.

I have gone through all of the files on the site, changed all of the passwords, and sacrificed a stick of Non ECC memory to the bit-gods in the sky in the hope that I have removed all traces of the malware hack (after taking a site backup for analysis, of course ;) ).

I will be doing a fresh installation of whatever CMS I end up using in the near future as there are plans afoot!  I will be porting over most, if not all, of my articles.  Okay, so there aren’t that many but…  ;)

If you believe my site to still have active infections on it, please leave me a comment (if it will allow it) and I will endeavor to resolve it.

Posted in Ramblings, Tech, Virus.

Difficult Captcha

People always complain about Captcha’s, especially the very obfuscated ones.

I was browsing a supplier’s website, and one of their forms had a Captcha at the end of it to verify that I was human.

Unfortunately I couldn’t pass the test.

Difficult Captcha

Posted in Humor, Tech.

RSA servers compromised

It appears that RSA’s servers have been compromised and SecureID may be affected.

RSA have filed an 8-k – see Here

Posted in Ramblings, Tech.

Shutting down an SMTP-Auth relay attack

My friend, colleague, and brother-in-law Paul Hite and I had a client who was the unfortunate victim of an SMTP-Auth attack on their SMTP server. You can read about the issue, how we diagnosed it, and how we resolved it here.

Posted in Tech, Virus.

Basic computer maintenance

Every day I come across various machine configurations; some are fantastic and others…well, let’s just say I wonder how in the heck they are still able to work.

People seem to forget that they need to maintain their computers. Clean up the temporary files, run a disk check, run a defragmentation program. It’s not a difficult regime, but one that many people seem to forget.

Posted in Ramblings, Tech.

Updated site.

Installed the new wordpress, enabled caching, got my Google analytic code working. Feeling like hell but dozing and working as i go.

Posted in Ramblings.

The Right Way

One of the problems in IT is that there is very little to go on, in terms of ensuring things are done “The Right Way”.

For many people “The Right Way” is just the way of doing things that they are used to, and anything else is “wrong”. The problem with this viewpoint is that there are various ways of resolving issues or configuring servers, some are just more efficient than others.

To be fair, I’ve seen some pretty horrendous implementations of DHCP and DNS services on Windows Server operating systems over the years and it’s something that gives me something of a nervous twitch… I’m sure there have been servers that I’ve set up in the past that have made my colleagues do the same thing, but the main thing is that we learn, and we look at how it is/isn’t working and the error messages the Operating System gives us.

I hope to help over the next few weeks with some practical guidelines on setting up these sorts of servers on a Windows based OS and how you can avoid some of the pitfalls I see on a daily basis. Will my way be “The Right Way”?. No, but it should help resolve some commonly seen issues.

Posted in Ramblings, Tech.

Time certainly creeps up on me

I’m always making promises to myself that I don’t seem to be able to keep. A fine example is this blog. “Sure,” I say to myself “I’ll have plenty of time to get this done!”, but then life comes along and smacks me upside the head with the reality check that a full time job that sometimes strays to 7 days a week, a 14 month old son who still doesn’t sleep through the night, and my wife who works random hours (including weekends when I’m off :) ) makes for very little “blogosphere” time.

There are a whole host of subjects that I hope to get in to here, and have basic draft ideas for how it will be structured. I now have the wordpress app on my Android-based phone so I certainly hope to see myself pushing more “quick thought” posts such as the last two, even when I’m on the road, or it’s 3am and my wife and son are sleeping in the bed with me :)

I’m not making any more promises about this. I will, however, do what I can, when I can.

Posted in Ramblings.

Recent events in Egypt

As many of you may know, Egypt went through what can only be described as an Internet Blackout.

The president ordered that all external access through the internet, cell phones calls, and sms messages be cut off. It was certainly interesting watching the bgp announcements with the dropped routes from the announced prefixes.

With internet connectivity being restored after 5 days, and text messaging also being re-enabled (despite some protests about the govt using it to send incorrectly attributed messages to subscribers…) we have to ask ourselves the question “In a modern civilization where so much relies on communication, do we place too much faith in concentrated exchanges without suitable independent redundancy of transit links?”.

Posted in Ramblings, Tech.

Last of the Ipv4 address space.

Those of you following the recent tech news will no doubt have come across the tidbit about the last of the unallocated ipv4 blocks.

We are down to 5 prefixes, one of each which will go to the 5 Rirs.

Have we run out of space? No… But the unallocated pool is looking shallow these days. 

The move to ipv6 will be gradual as there is still a lot of debate about the features and pitfalls. It is a major paradigm shift in the way we consider networks, routing, address allocation and the like.

More to come as I get back in to my blog.

Posted in Ramblings, Tech.