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NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

This is just a heads up to let everyone know that I am making some big server changes during the first week or two of February. Please bear with me and don't worry about any problems or site outages that you may encounter during this time. They will be temporary.

The following sites will be affected:










and one or two others that haven't been announced yet. ;)


NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

The wait for HackTV was a long one. We were learning a lot as we went along, making mistakes and then having to fix them. I think we are finally learning from those mistakes because the wait between episode 2 and episode 3 was much shorter.

This episode contains 4 segments and some more hilarious outtakes.

This episode contains a segment on geocaching, Bar Game Kiosk Hacking, Hacking Conference overview, and hacking laserlocks. There are also a few (more than one) little hidden surprises in there for you to look for. Thanks to Dr^ZigMan for his great work on this project!


This is a very short item to announce that I am started a new BinRev meeting in the Orlando area. The local Orlando ORL2600 meeting seems to be non-existent/dead so instead of reviving yet another one, I am starting a meeting in am ore convenient location for me. Go to 407.binrevmeetings.com for more information.

We now return to your regularly scheduled pr0n surfing.


OK, so we are about 3 weeks out and now that the schedule has come out, I have a better grasp on what is a good time to meetup. It looks like I am wide open Friday night, so perhaps a meetup at around 10 PM Friday the 18th would be good.

I will be in and out of the conference the whole weekend, but we need to pick one time so that I can plan to be there to meet everyone. Otherwise, my availability will be pretty random between sleeping, talks, volunteering on cameras, and other things :heart: .

Please post a confirmation here. We will meet in the vendor area at 10 PM and we can find a place to hang out and talk and then make our traditional trek to white castle (unless anyone else has better ideas). As always, I will have some presentations with me if anyone wants to see them. If anyone has any show and tell or swag that they want to bring, please do so.

<img src='http://www.binrev.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/borgsmile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':borg:' /> WEAR YOUR BINREV TSHIRTS FRIDAY IF YOU HAVE THEM! <img src='http://www.binrev.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/borgsmile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':borg:' /> I will try to bring a few (XL only) but do not count on it.

<img src='http://www.binrev.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/bl_paw.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':paw:' />


NOTE: this was originally posted on the same date in 2005, not 2006.


I arrived home from my local 2600 meeting last night to find the Spring 2005 issue of 2600 waiting for me in my mailbox. This confirmed the phone call that I got from Natas earlier in the evening telling me that my article on "disposable email vulnerabilities" was in this issue.

This is the same topic that I presented at the recent Interzone conference and is discussed earlier in this blog.

*** 08/07/2005 UPDATE! *** This file is now up on Docdroppers.org with my other articles! I have also added the presentation itself to this post.






When I watch anything on television that has a computer, I always watch very closely to see what I can find out about the computer and the person using it. I have mentioned here before that I have caught some interesting things on Attack of the Show on G4. Well, they are at it again.

During a segment where they were demonstrating the new halo game, or some other such nonsense, I noticed that their firefox browser had another tab open at the same time. I do not have the capacity at home to do a proper screen capture, but I did pause it long enough to get a blurry camera phone picture.

If anyone doesn't know, 4chan is an imageboard/forum type site that is well known for creating some of the most enduring internet memes. My personal favorite is CATURDAY where the LOLCATS run free. But their biggest claim to fame is the total chaos that is "/b/" or the random channel. This particular board is an anything goes world where the easily offended should stay away. Very NSFW and insanely hilarious, it is not the place for the feint of heart. This is why it is so funny to see the mention on a big show like AOTS.



NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2004, not 2006.

I was informed that my article in Binary Revolution Magazine issue 2.1 referred to a subdirectory that I accidentally deleted while updating this site. It has since been fixed.

I used the subdirectory "/$tankDawg" as a literal example in the article, but I deleted it a couple of weeks ago. Kizzle pointed out to me that I did this, so I added it back.


Are you kidding me? Like the sign content itself isn’t weird enough (posted at the HOPE hackers conference in NYC in 2010) you put it up without a date and time? Really? How the fuck do I “stay tuned” to a sign?  Do you expect everyone who is interested to come back and hang out by the sign until you figure out where and when you are going to rape them all? Here is a protip for you: DON’T POST THE SIGN UNTIL YOU KNOW WTF YOU ARE DOING!




The schedule for interz0ne 5 has just been released and my presentation (based on my blacklisted411 article) has been accepted. I will be presenting at 4 PM on the main speaking track.

If you are going to be at interz0ne, please be sure to stop by my presentation and our table in the lobby to say hello and hang out!

There are quite a few additions to the presentation itself as compared to the article...

The original article dealt with the amount of information that could be surmised from simply looking at screen shots or shoulder-surfing a person. A simple glance at a persons screen could generate a wealth of information. The first half of this presentation will give several examples of this. This presentation will be HIGHLY INTERACTIVE!! There will be several examples of questions for the audience. Anyone can play along and you may be surprised at how much information that you can put together as we go along.

The second half of the presentation will branch off of the visible analysis and move onto concepts of metadata. This is a natural transition depending on your visual clues that can continue your detective work with or without physical access to the machine. I think that we all know that with physical access, we can eventually find anything and everything that we want. But physical access is not always necessary to arrive at a conclusion. I hope to demonstrate that through this presentation.

NOTE: Here is a secret about the presentation for anyone who read this post... There will be a special question for the audience at the end of this presentation, so make sure you pay attention from start to finish so that you are prepared for it. ;)


DDP reloaded

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

Over the past year or so, many things have been happening in the DDP. Some of us have had to unplug. Some unplugged permanently, some unplug temporarily, and some are mysteriously silent about the whole thing. This does not mean that the DDP is not still alive and kicking.

I am proud to announce 3 new members of the DDP: Dr^ZigMan, droops, and LogosX. Many of you who have been around us for a while are already very familiar with all of these people. But what qualifies making the leap into the DDP?

First of all, the DDP doesn't actively "recruit" members. We do not have certain tests or challenges that we require for membership. That is just silly to me. Testing someone's technical ability only shows you one small aspect of their personality and abilities. I think about it much differently than that.

I have known some extremely intelligent and technical people in my years. I hate to be blunt, but they aren't scarce. But a select few rise to the top and those are the ones that catch my eye. You see, I have been around for a long time. I can tell who knows what they are talking about and who is just fronting. I don't need a test or initiation to some quantify someone's technical ability. To me that is a given. Everyone in DDP has some sort of technical expertise and can certainly represent us on a technical level right along with the best. Instead of some sort of meaningless evaluation, I look for something else entirely.

Technical proficiency is a given in DDP. But what else do I do to determine a good fit for the DDP? There are two things that sound really simple but are amazingly in short supply in the hacker community these days. Technical ability without both productivity, and a good attitude, is wasted.

What do I mean by productivity? Well, you may know a particular programming language inside and out, but what have you done with it? And no, acting superior to everyone in IRC does not count. If you have the skills, why aren't you using them for something productive? Look at any member of DDP and look at what they have accomplished in the hacking community. There are bunches of links here and on binrev.com to DDP projects and member sites. We apply the knowledge that we have not only through personal projects, but through public projects that we share with the rest of the hacking community. You can be sitting there with all of the technical ability in the world, but if you aren't doing anything with it, you are wasting your talent. You will not get anyone attention by complaining, whining, and acting "holier than thou". This leads me to the second thing that all DDP members have.

A positive attitude sounds like some sort of motivational speaker buzzword, but it isn't that cliche. It has become very rare for people in the hacking community to have a positive, helpful, and friendly attitude in general. Everyone thinks that to earn the respect of your peers in the hacking world is to attack each other and perpetuate elitism, which I despise more than anything in the world. I take pride in the fact that every member of the DDP has alwyas been a good person first and foremost. They are always helpful and approachable. They answer questions whenever they can and we, as a group, are trying to change the world of hacking by teaching people that hacking isn't about trying to gain fame by trampling over others. It is about working together so that we all benefit as a community.

All 3 of our new members fit perfectly in this criteria. Take a moment to meet them and you will see what I see. Good hackers, yes, but more importantly, good people. Hacking is supposed to be fun and we intend to keep it that way.


NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2004, not 2006.

The DDP welcomes it's newest member BlackRatchet into the mix. I noticed BlackRatchet from his work on the YAPL project (YAPL = Yet Another Payphone List) and his knowledgeable answers to programming questions in IRC and on the BinRev forums. I also liked his self-assigned project of putting an LED sign online. I began working closely with him on an upcoming project and realized that he not only has the technical skills but he also as a great attitude and willingness to help out and cooperate for the betterment of the community. With a bio like his, I can tell you he has a lot of knowledge and experience to share.

BlackRatchet is 24 and lives in the NorthEast United States. He is an application developer by day and a fellow code monkey by night. He has his BS (Bachelors of Science) degree in Computer Engineering Technology and is skilled in C/C++, Perl, and PHP. He also has a deep knowledge of exploits and penetration testing and general "hackish behavior".

We welcome him into the DDP roster which is filled with some extremely talented and well educated people. He is already fitting in well and we are glad to have him on board. You will be hearing a lot from him in the future.


NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

2600 magazine printed my article entitled "Stupid Webstat Tricks" in their Autumn 2005 issue.


There are several Easter eggs relating to this topic scattered around binrev.com that have been up for close to a year that no one has noticed before. Either that or they never brought it to anyone's attention. If you find one of them, post a note in the BR forums.

The article was written after reseaching several web statistic and log analysis packages out there. There is also a lot more to discover with these packages, that you can discuss on the BR forum, or in the "discussion" section on docdroppers. The article is Here in the DD library.





NOTE: this was originally posted on the same date in 2004, not 2006.

The DDP is proud to announce the addition of a very talented new member who many of you already know. We are glad to announce that PsypherX is our newest member!

If you frequent our forums, you have seen his fantastic work in the form of our official DDP skin which he created with little or no input from me. I just said that it should somewhat match the rest of the site and he created what you see there now.

But that is not the only project he has assisted with...

He also worked very closely with me on the cover for issue 3.1 (the fourth issue overall) of our magazine. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted it to look like (unlike the forum skin) and that makes it very difficult to work with me. He made an amazing cover that you will all be seeing very soon.

Besides those 2 HUGE projects, we also designed several of our link boxes and has contributed a lot of art to our gallery. Everything that he designs is just digitally sexy.

The DDP roster grows by one more member today and we are very happy to have PsypherX on board.


NOTE: this was originally posted on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

It took us over a year, but HackTV episode 2 is finally out!

We had quite a few things going on that slowed us down such as the weekly radio show, the new BinRev Meetings, preparing for my defcon presentation, and tons of other projects. Hopefully we can get this back on track and coming out more often. We certainly owe a lot of thanks to Dr^ZigMan as well as many others for their help in getting this released.

One of the most time consuming parts of putting a show like this together is that we are truly an underground show. What I mean is that we film this with mini-DV cameras (or 8MM) and we are usually on-location (many times in places where we possibly shouldn't be). This means that the camera work is not as smooth as we would like. We are not filmed in a studio, a home, or other controlled environment like some other shows.

Also, due to the nature of the subject matter, it is necessary to blur/edit out a lot of the things that we capture on film for legal reasons as well as personal safety and privacy. These facts, combined with the jumpy camera work, make for a bad combination. It causes the editing process to be both time consuming, and painful beyond words.

Mix in a couple of hurricanes last year (and one coming already this year) and the fact that we are probably stretching ourselves to thin as it is, has caused the lateness of this episode (which required a large amount of blurring). Huge thanks to Dr^ZigMan who helped tremendously to get this done before defcon.

We already have a good bit of footage recorded for upcoming episodes and they should be much easier to edit. Hopefully, we can get these coming out on a more regular schedule.