I am making available the beginning of a re-write of what I think is a helpful utility for Kali Linux systems. These systems are used for penetration testing, and are not typically day-to-day systems. I find myself doing the same installs and maintenance with every re-install of Kali so I wanted to create a tool to simplify this. It appears that until about 3 years ago someone else had a similar idea, but they seem to have abandoned it. If anyone knows if there is a current version of lazykali out there in the Interweb could you please point me to it so that I might contribute to that instead of maintaining this fork. If Reaperz73 sees this please contact me to let me know you are out there.
I was just watching Mr. Robot … an excellent TV show that any security person should find interest in, and they use actual hacking tools and techniques in the show. I saw the Social Engineering Toolkit used on S2 E1. I’ve used Kali Linux before, but never gave much thought to the SET application. If you have 22 minutes to spare and want to see how easy it is to social engineer your way to compromise credentials then watch this…
Where I work I’m in charge of Desktop Engineering. We have a responsibility for every laptop, desktop, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc… device in the environment at a very high level. We create the base images that go on the computer systems, we package the software that goes out to them. There is a staff of Desktop Support folks who will implement thing my group creates, and they also provide the direct support to the users at the company. Those Desktop Support folks see a wide range of issues. When they don’t know how to fix something they escalate the issue to my group.
Once upon a time I used DropBox to sync files to the cloud and share them. Worked great. Then GoogleDrive came along and I thought they would really improve things. I switched over to it. In both cases I was paying for the storage because I use around 50Gb of space. For anyone contemplating a cloud storage/sharing service I can say beyond a doubt that DropBox beats GoogleDrive hands down. The GoogleDrive application has crashing issues, issues syncing files all the time to the point where I can’t trust that my folders are in sync, and no notification/update method for their application so I’m left to constantly go to the website and see if a new version is there. Anyways the DropBox app is even nicer now than before and I just wanted to let friends know that if you are thinking about switching to GoogleDrive…. DON’T. If you are on GoogleDrive and you see the app crashes and out of sync folders then join me over on DropBox http://db.tt/kZkRRKy3 and enjoy something that just works. Plus they have a new app called Mailbox http://www.mailboxapp.com/ which is pretty cool. I downloaded it, and hope it’s better than SaneBox https://www.sanebox.com/ but SaneBox is really nice so if it ain’t then I’ll use SaneBox. 🙂 If you haven’t looked at SaneBox I highly recommend taking a look.
If things look different.. and probably a little messy right now… it’s because I’ve decided that the $14/month I was paying for Squarespace was not really something I needed to be spending. They are of course one of the best CMS systems out there, but we’re trying to cut back so I’ve moved back to Blogger. Hopefully Google will re-index me and folks will find any articles they care about.
I decided to give rdio a try. I like to take a look at music consumption systems as they come out. Of all the systems I have tried, I believe that if this one survives it will be the future. For about $10 US a month you have unlimited access to everything in their library. At first you are probably thinking this is a lot like Rhapsody from Real. Now add an iPhone app that lets you select music to store for offline playing and things get even more interesting for me. On top of that add a system where you can follow other people to see what music they like, and you can collaborate on playlists.
The people who will dislike this service will say that they don’t get to keep any music if they cancel service or the company goes under. These are negatives, but my music folder on my laptop is 88Gb in size. I imagine if you love music then yours is probably similar. Backing up all that data is a headache. Why should I have to? It’s 2010 already. Isn’t everything supposed to be in the cloud now? rdio brings us there. For the cost of 12 albums a year you get access to TONS of albums, and their library seems really good. I found pretty much every song I looked for. And if you want to buy a song then rdio will sell it to you for $1.30/track or you could always buy from Amazon or iTunes.
I always thought there would be a future where for a small cost I could access any music I wanted, from anywhere I wanted, and not be left with tracks I’m later tired of but I don’t want to delete because I paid for them. How many songs are in your library that you never listen to, but you don’t want to dump them because you paid for them? How many songs have you not been able to listen to because you couldn’t budget the money to buy them? The future is here, and I love that I can appreciate it fully because once upon a time I had a stack of vinyl records that were later replaced by cassette tapes only to be replaced again by CDs. Replacing the CDs with digital downloads still didn’t solve the problem that I had to deal with storing all this data. Thank you rdio for hopefully being the last place I will get music, at least until money goes away like in Star Trek. 🙂
If you want to see what music I listen to then visit my page; http://www.rdio.com/people/jlevitsk
The other day I started noticing that our SEP clients were saying that install_flash_player.exe was a Trojan Horse. I got a lot of alerts like the below;
At least one security risk found: Risk name: Trojan Horse File path: C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\Downloads\install_flash_player.exe Event time: 2010-01-28 09:35:13 GMT Database insert time: 2010-01-28 15:25:05 GMT User: SYSTEM Computer: XXXXXXXXXX IP Address: 0.0.0.0 Domain: system Server: XXXXXXXXXX Client Group: My Company\XXXX Action taken on risk: Quarantined