SD card hack for your Linksys WRT54g

•September 14, 2006 • 1 Comment

hackwireless.jpgThis guy found that an old-style floppy connector fits a SD card perfectly. He shows how to wire the connector up to your Linksys WRT54g. Apparently It allows more space for your linux apps to run on modified firmware (DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc..). Can also store large logs locally instead of dumping them to a server. (http://uanr.com/sdfloppy/)

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GMail Hacks/Tips

•September 10, 2006 • 4 Comments

“I ’ve been using GMail since 2004 and have always thought it was the best email service. With the large amount of space it offers, and the amazing features the possibilities are endless. Here are some nifty hacks/tips that allow you to get the most out of your GMail account.” More…


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Episode 2×02 Release

•September 10, 2006 • 1 Comment

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In this episode Darren builds a Network Attached Storage server for our home network using a spare PC, a compact flash card, and some BSD. Paul brings us Doom on the iPod using Linux and some geeky voodoo. Wess crafts a unique LED liquor cabinet for about a hundred bucks. And Darren puts on his slightly darker than gray hat with a USB key that owns Windows machines in a matter of seconds (with a little prevention thrown in for good measure). Plus this month’s trivia, poll, & LAN party details from the lovely and talented Alli. http://www.hak5.org/

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RSS Hack

•August 27, 2006 • 15 Comments

corz-rss-icon-a-la-firefox.pngUsing RSS and a Blog you can make the content of your email display in an RSS feed. This is a great hack if you subscribe to email mailing list or have a public email in box that you would like displayed over the web. I would not recommend this for personal email accounts as it leaves all your received email out in the open.

First step:

Set up a Blog through http://www.blogger.com

Second Step:

Set up posting via email?

http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=41452

This will give you an email address like username.secretword@blogger.com. You could stop hear and use this email as a reference but I prefer a gmail address. If you are going to use the blogger email skip to step # 4

Third Step: Set up a gmail account, go to settings, forwarding and POP and enable pop forwarding to your new blogger email address. Now any time any one sends you an email at yourmail@gmail.com it will post that email to your blog.

Step: 4 Go to http://www.blogger.com after you sign in go to settings and set your site feed to full.

Step: 5 Go to your blogger site and subscribe to your feed. Now any email that gets sent to your gmail account will show up in your RSS feed.

Step: 6 Post you RSS feed into you favorite RSS reader or convert it to Javascript and host it on the web. http://www.rss-to-javascript.com has a good conversion tool.

Hear is my example:

Send an email to rsshack@gmail.com and then click hear

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The second season of Hak.5

•August 18, 2006 • Leave a Comment

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After a short break our favorite hacker / tech show is back in business. The show has a new set, new graphics and best of all new content. In this episode Darren shows us how to unite Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops with Synergy. Wess builds an automatic LED lamp, while Limin Li joins the show displaying the setup of the digital DJ. Episode 2×01 includes Interviews with Harrison Holland of Sploitcast and Jason Davis of MD5Lookup at the sixth HOPE conference.

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Pen Testing in the Palm of Your Hand

•August 16, 2006 • 1 Comment

“A portable hacking device equipped with hundreds of exploits and an automated exploitation system will go on sale in the United States in October.”

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Hacking Wal-Mart

•August 2, 2006 • 16 Comments

56gf2017.jpgRecently I read an article in 2600 magazine that described a bug in Wal-Mart’s automatic check out machines. I found this really interesting as I have discovered a bug in the machines myself. Before I get to that, I will describe the bug that was written about in 2600 volume 22 # 3. This bug described a situation where you could check out items and insert a bill to pay for the item. The machine then displays the message do not insert coins. You then ignore the prompt and insert coins, which gives you the item nearly for free. I have not yet tried this but I would be curious to try it out. The writer in 2600 stated that this was discovered by accident but could be repeated if the correct steps were followed.

I myself found another flaw with these Wal-Mart U-scan machines.During my last spring quarter in college I was in a class that required me to scan a barcode located on my student id. I had to scan this card any time I entered or exited the class. I got really tired of digging my student id out of my wallet, so I made a photocopy of the barcode and attached it to a bracelet. The bracelet seemed to work well I could simply scan my wrist to enter or exit class with out having to dig through a bunch of cards. A few days after creating this barcode bracelet, I went to Wal-Mart to pick up some groceries. After picking up a few item I went to the self-check out and scanned a few items, it was then I remembered the barcode bracelet that I had made. The curiosity was too much to stand I scanned the barcode on my wrist and to my surprise the Wal-Mart system froze up. Shortly after I notified a Wal-Mart employee. The system required a 4 digit password to override the error and the assistant placed this in right in front of my eyes. Being one who is fascinated with security I recognized this right away as a security risk. If I was able to cause this machine to freeze to the point it required an override code then this same technique could be used to exploit this flaw.

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