This was an ARC that was offered to Shannon, which she offered to me to read since it seemed to appeal more to my general interests than to hers. I can honestly say that this book is one of a kind, and unlike any other book that I have read. It will be very hard to describe this book to give a sense of its true essence, therefore I do urge the reader to read it for themselves if any of this piques your interest. That being said, I will do my best to offer my thoughts on this work.Read More
I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical about starting The Folk of the Air series. Shannon had made a really big deal about it and was adamant that I read it. I know she loves faeries, and I love magic, and we both really enjoyed Holly Black’s previous book, The Darkest Part of the Forest, so I decided to give it a go.
I was not disappointed. This book was full of very detailed descriptions of magic and how things worked, which is something that I appreciate in a magical book — how they don’t just say something magic happened and then don’t describe how it happened. This book gives all of the hows in epic detail, which I really loved. This is one of those books that has the ability to really transport the reader to an altogether different place from mortal reality, and you really get sucked in.Read More
I recently had to set up testing against our Akamai Staging environment which uses a different IP address than production. This required me to get a new MacBookPro that would support the latest version of MacOS, as well as the latest version of Xcode, just so that I could have sudo access to change add an entry in /etc/hosts in order to build the application from source and run it in the iOS simulator (since the Simulator doesn’t come packaged with the iOS AppStore). Then I had to carry around another computer in my backpack simply because I refuse to separate from Arch Linux and i3-gaps (which can perfectly emulate the Android version without issues), but I digress…Read More
There are much better resources than this blog that will lead you down the rabbit hole of Cythonizing your Python code, but this is just a very easy introduction, outlining my own personal experiments as a Cython beginner, myself. In this tutorial, we will use my dictionary creation tool, brutalist, as a really bad example of how to Cythonize some Python code.Read More
Brutalist is a cross-platform Python3+ based command line tool that can be used to generate very large word dictionaries based on minimal input. It can take a single word like “password” and generate up to 13,198,680 combinations using common special character substitutions and suffixes, and up to all possible 3-digit numerical suffixes with all variations of special characters appended. It is a highly-specialized tool, which should be a regular go-to in the tool belt of all red teamers and pentesters.Read More
This was obviously somewhat of an edge case, but I’m sure it will apply to many other users out there, and I hope it finds them well. This was one particular case where the Arch Wiki was a little shady and left me figuring out a lot of stuff on my own — as is the case for any Arch user — which is one of the reasons we punish ourselves by using it in the first place. That being said, this method should work with minimal tweaks for just about any OS, because the main things being modified here are the underlying disk formats, partitions, kernel, and bootloader. Everything else is left untouched.Read More
Ninth House absolutely blew me away. I have read Leigh Bardugo before (The Grisha Trilogy) — Six of Crows is still on my TBR — but this book was entirely different from “The Grishaverse.” When comparing The Grisha Series against this first book in The Alex Stern Series, I would compare the Grisha series to a child perceiving the fantasy of what magic might be, which developed over time into Galaxy Stern, a real world, hardened survivor, whose very being and situation pulled her into a world she never expected to be in; a world where she eventually blossomed into a darkly-enlightened real-world practitioner of the occult — but not to meet her own ends — to act as one of the shepherds who oversees the other practitioners and holds them accountable in order to keep the magic in order and to keep the ritualists in check.Read More
This may sound like a boring article to many, but it is a basic overview of some very important information that is crucial to include in the repertoire of knowledge for all IT and security professionals.
In this article, we will be going over the high points for the following industry standards: PCI DSS, ISO 27001/27002, HIPAA, and the NIST/DoD frameworks, and adding some comments along the way on the relationships and effects that these policies and frameworks have on network architecture, as well as what possible implications they could have on architectural solutions. Most of the architectural solutions provided come from an Amazon Web Services perspective, but the same basic principles apply, regardless of which cloud service provider (CSP) you use, or even if your infrastructure is hosted on-premises.Read More
With the new wave of ransomware attacks we have seen at the beginning of this week, especially targeted toward Spain, we can see that mostly Windows attack vectors are mostly being utilized, in what appears to be a variant of the Bitpaymer family, related to the Dridex group of malware.
But what does the future hold for attacks such as these? When will we see the attack vector change drastically to target something that your company is most-likely unprepared for? We are seeing bad actors targeting low-hanging fruit on Windows, while the world of end-users are going mobile. If iOS development is part of your enterprise, then whether you like it or not, MacOS literally has to be an integral part of your infrastructure…because XCode. Is it possible that this is something that has gone unnoticed in the threat detection landscape, or is the perception of the threat level just perceived to be so low that we haven’t yet come up with a good way to protect against it?Read More
I promised a follow-up review to This Mortal Coil for the sequel, This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada. I also promised to follow up on the technological themes posed by this series, and how in the very near future, we could easily see this work of fiction merge more into an account of fictional events based on non-fiction technology. Personally, I think this series to be slightly ahead of its time [in a good way], as to show readers what kind of scenarios could play out in our future. For readers who are not tech-savvy, this would probably be a 3-star read. For me, knowing about the underlying technology and just how realistic this book is, boosts that up to a 5-star read. Emily Suvada knocked it out of the park with this one, which was equally as good (if not better) than This Mortal Coil.Read More