Wednesday, June 15

Why don't you write on your blog anymore?

1.  I don't feel like I have much to say.

I do a tremendous amount of writing and blogging on the Snort, ClamAV, and Talos blogs.  So, I get exhausted when I think about things I would want to write for this blog.

2.  When I do think about what I want to write about, I want to rant against companies and competitors.

But why would I want to give any competitors an intel on what they are doing wrong, or in some cases right?

3.  Twitter is 140 characters of BS, and I can't even think of 140 characters to spew on there half the time.

I know a bunch of people that just post random thoughts and spew for 100s of tweets a night about something, and they have thousands of followers.  I just don't feel like that's me, or it gets me anywhere.

4. Gov't or politics

I know a bunch about the subject, and I just don't feel like talking about it, since that's all the news is saying right now.  

Basically, no one cares!

And now I am tired.

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Thursday, March 10

You can't have it both ways

Too long for Twitter. 

Law enforcement agencies are constantly complimenting Apple for the company's addition of "activation lock", citing that it reduces the amount of violent robberies, since the criminals know that they are not able to steal someone's iPhone and then resell it.

But now, those same agencies want Apple to essentially allow law-enforcement agencies to bypass that, what is close to the same feature. 

While yes, the lock screen passcode is different from the activation lock on an iPhone, the request is essentially the same, please allow us the functionality to guess or bypass the password.

I can understand the argument on both sides of this issue, but, I also believe that there are places, such as the human brain, which is protected by the fifth amendment, that the government should not be allowed to go.

Tuesday, July 7

I just had the best travel experience ever

Left my office at 4:30 for a 5:15 flight.  I know what you are thinking, you are crazy...

You're right. Normally would never do this, but was running behind with stuff today.  Drove from my office in Columbia, MD to BWI. 

Parked the car, no problem. 

Walked to security (already checked in on my phone), went through TSA pre line, using the boarding pass on my watch.  No line. 

No one bothered me about my bag, no one told me to have my boarding pass and ID out and ready...

Went through security in about 30 seconds. 

Walked to gate, plane too small to bring on roller board bag, so, pink tag check it at gate.  Done. 

Boarded with watch, zone 1, only one in zone 1.

Went right to my seat, no waiting.

Hour flight, quick Coke on the flight, I wrote three emails, done. 

Got off flight had to wait 5 minutes for bag, darn. 

Walked out to car rental bus, had to wait another five minutes, darn. Bus driver was friendly, no waiting there, went to car rental facility, no traffic, got my space from the Hertz Gold board, walked to car, got in, tapped my phone to give me the address and directions to hotel, drove to hotel.

I was already checked in (via app) at hotel, no lines, picked up my key, walked to room. In room, was waiting a small snack.  

From when I left my office to my hotel room, less than three hours.  

Over the course of my career I have encountered everything that can possibly be wrong with a trip (except crashing in a plane, knock on wood).   Today, nothing went wrong.  

Today was a good day. 

Friday, March 13

Should we fire low-quality contributors to projects?

Friend of mine at work pointed this article out to me this morning:

Should we fire low-quality contributors to projects?

Good article that deals with the dilemma of dealing with toxic community members to a project.

Luckily in Snort and ClamAV, I've only had to deal with a handful of these.  Usually people that hide behind nicknames and like to try and shame people into submission to their ideas.  I've actually had people apologize to me years later for trolling or simply being toxic.

However, if you are a community manager for an open source project or a community project, this article gives you a couple things to think about.

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Monday, March 9

Threat Spotlight: Angler Lurking in the Domain Shadows

Nick Biasini on our Talos Outreach team wrote a piece of awesome over on our Talos Blog, I just wanted to highlight it.
Over the last several months Talos researchers have been monitoring a massive exploit kit campaign that is utilizing hijacked registrant accounts to create large amounts of subdomains for both initial redirection and exploitation. This campaign has been largely attributed to Angler Exploit Kit with fileless exploits serving various malicious payloads.
Check out the Angler Blog Post.

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Saturday, September 20

Saturday, March 15