There’s a new game in town
Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI
Stick’em with the pointy end
Virtual and not so Virtual Space
Be Still my Bleeding Heart …
The Never-ending Privacy Battle
The Many Sides of Bitcoin
Cyber Jihadists
Hacker Gangs
The New Old War
The Sacred Executioner
Scripting Aphrodites
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Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI I recently purchased the Cirago USB Bluetooth/Wifi combo to use with my raspberry pi. All things considered, I am quite pleased. Being reasonably versed in google-fu, helped, of course. Since I want the freedom to do some mobile tinkering, I need to access the pi sans a lan. That, and my latest wild hair project […]
Stick’em with the pointy end Since I have been spending a great deal of my time playing in the field of 3D design and printing, I have only recently stumbled upon, and had time to read, “Privacy for Me and Not for Thee,” penned by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, a human rights activist whom I first encountered in the virtual world […]
Virtual and not so Virtual Space Not long ago, someone asked if I liked 3D printing better than virtual worlds. The short answer is, equally but differently.
Be Still my Bleeding Heart … “Secure web servers are the equivalent of heavy armored cars. The problem is, they are being used to transfer rolls of coins and checks written in crayon by people on park benches to merchants doing business in cardboard boxes from beneath highway bridges. Further, the roads are subject to random detours, anyone with a screwdriver […]
The Never-ending Privacy Battle This brings me back to the Hundredpercent American. To some extent he is a pet of mine. I have always rather liked him, because he has some promising qualities. For instance, he has enormous hospitality. I used to feel personally complimented by the amazing warm-hearted hospitality showered on me by Americans. […] When I realized […]
The Many Sides of Bitcoin Pariah, darling, or somewhere in between. Bitcoin has continued to linger in the daily media spotlight since the shuttering of darknet’s black-market drug bazaar, Silk Road, and the subsequent announcement of the arrest of its alleged owner, Ross William Ulbricht (aka DPR), on October 2, 2013. Media mavens have long cast bitcoin as a sort […]
Cyber Jihadists “We’re facing a very great threat of loosely-coupled, organizational networks that increasingly rely on IT infrastructure to coordinate their movements and recruit young disenfranchised, apathetic guys as suicidal pawns in a sophisticated, dispersed movement. (…)” (AHM, Usenet, September 21, 2001)
Hacker Gangs Meet Jim Script Kiddie (skiddie). He is the guy (usually in his early to mid teens) who comes into a hacker forum, asking inane questions like, “how can I be a hacker?” He also tends to over-indulge in “hacker speak” making him look pretty much like a moron to seasoned (and not so) computer netizens. […]
The New Old War In 1956, FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover initiated a program, code-named COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program) ushering in what would become the mainstay for how intelligence communities dealt with domesitic affairs. The sole directive of this program was “to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the activities of various dissidents and their leaders.
The Sacred Executioner In his book, “The Sacred Executioner,” Hyam Maccoby notes: “A figure in mythology that has received little attention is that of the Sacred Executioner. […] By taking the blame for the slaying, he is performing a great service to society, for not only does he perform the deed, but he takes upon himself the blame […]
Scripting Aphrodites On Wednesday, April 13, 2006, 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin was reported missing by her father. Investigators thought she may have been abducted by someone she met online. Oklahoma law enforcement suspected her abductor might be heading just across the border to Texas and requested Texas issue an Amber alert.
image There’s a new game in town
image Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI
image Stick’em with the pointy end
image Virtual and not so Virtual Space
image Be Still my Bleeding Heart …
image The Never-ending Privacy Battle
image The Many Sides of Bitcoin
image Cyber Jihadists
image Hacker Gangs
image The New Old War
image The Sacred Executioner
image Scripting Aphrodites

Hacker Gangs

Meet Jim Script Kiddie (). He is the guy (usually in his early to mid teens) who comes into a hacker forum, asking inane questions like, “how can I be a hacker?” He also tends to over-indulge in “hacker speak” making him look pretty much like a moron to seasoned (and not so) computer netizens.

Skiddie earned his name for using existing malicious scripts without truly understanding or even trying to learn how they work, much less writing his own. Skiddie is also generally the hacker community’s low hanging fruit, so to speak. He’s the guy who is most likely to be caught in a sting because not only does he not know how to cover his tracks, he tends to metaphorically shoot at everything. He is more often than not motivated by hate due to his own self-loathing and inability to fit and/or play well within normal social settings. Some refer to him as a “basement dweller” due to his requsite dependence upon family. Most DDoS attacks are initiated by skiddies.

Meet Joe wants to be (Wantabee). He is the guy (usually in his late teens to mid twenties) who comes into a hacker forum, claiming he is a “leet hacker” Like skiddie, he tends to over-indulge in “hacker speak” as well, thereby providing comic releif to other forum members. Wantabee is more likely to be caught purely due to his need to brag… to let people know just how “leet” he is. Wantabee will rarely make it to the next level, though he will learn how to execute some of the simpler hacks (i.e.,SQL injections). Primarily due to his need to be publicly recognized, thereby increasing the likelihood of being caught. Otherwise put, he lives for the brag. Web defacements are therefore his preferred hack.

Meet Jane hearts hackers (Scene Whore). She is the female (usually in her mid 20s to mid-40s) who has no problem sending topless pictures of herself to hacker groups and/or sleeping with group members, in the hopes of gaining status, or as one defcon attendee stated years ago, “The scene whores aren’t respected for what they do but for who they are doing.” Though, the term “respect” is arguably an overstatement. Regardless, her behavior ushered in and sealed the now common “show us your tits!” request to any female who attempts to engage with the hacker community. Her goals will vary depending upon whether she’s simply visiting a hacker con, or trying to become a member of the community. The former will likely not care how “leet” the hacker is, as long as she gets free food, drinks, and fun. Whereas the latter will likely spend some time observing, even fending off advances to strengthen the perception as “prize” to the most eligible, or in this case “leet” hacker.

Meet John hacker (Hacker God). He is the guy (usually in his mid twenties to mid thirties) who knows his way around networks, often due to his experience in IT. He is mostly self-taught when it comes to programming. His hacks however are not limited to software. He’s the guy who created the  for . He is intimately familiar with various transfer protocols, knows how to spoof headers, and more likely than not, heavily relies upon proxies. He may favor one area of hacking over another. For example, cryptography, steganography, virus writing, etcetera. He wears different hats (white, gray, or black) to not only define his ethical (or lack thereof) behavior but to also rationalize his actions.

The above are but a smattering of the personality types that make up the hacker community. And said community is often divided into smaller groups. Think, cyber space’s version of street gangs, where guns are replaced by , , and .

Within this context, hacker demographics track to the Bureau of Justice, National Gang Center data, with the exception that their ethnicity demographic is inversely proportional; with hacker gang members being predominately middle to upper middle class white males. Their behavioral and motivational typologies tend to track street gang motivational typologies, including but not limited to identification, status, women, money, peer pressure, the fun/violence aspect, and male bonding. Otherwise put, their motivations are rarely, if ever, altruistic, though they may latch on to and/or claim a cause to mitigate punishment severity should they ever be caught.

While age differs, hacker gang organization seems to map as well. For example, from the 2009 book, “Juvenile Justice,” the author notes that 5-10% of a gang are “hard core,” with the remaining divided between regulars, “Claimers, Associates, or Wannabes,” and “Potentials or Could Be’s.” Notably, within gang research circles, “Wannabes” are thought to be the most dangerous and violent group due to their intense and almost pathological desire to “prove themselves” to hard core gang members. Exclusive of age variance, this demographic strikingly resembles hacker culture, where Hard Core‘s cyber equivalent is Hacker GodClaimer’s cyber equivalent is Skiddie, and Wannabes cyber equivalent is Wantabee.

Unlike street gangs however there appear to be few notable hacker wars. For example, the hacker war between the “” and the “” occurred two decades ago. And while mini-spats do occur, the news of such generally does not travel beyond the circle of those involved. This is primarily due to the lack of news worthiness (i.e., major network outages, hacks, etcetera).

Still, hacker news will make headlines every so often.

The recent case of the Anonymous hacking gang and the HB Gary Federal document dump is but one example. While some media pundits put forward as crusaders for truth and light, they are anything but. Consider their chosen term for breaking into HB Gary servers. And then, visit their Anonops IRC channel where some have expressed a desire to “rape” the HB Gary women, specifically the female president of the company. Add to that mix the racist remarks and sprinkle it with their pro-communist sentiments, and you have a group of individuals who are far from human rights activists. After all, anyone who would not only wish such violence upon another human, but who would also fantasize about enacting such is far from a purveyor of truth and light. Importantly, they unanimously decry the moniker that attempted to hijack for his pet 4chan’s. The very group from which this Anonymous hacking gang sprouted.

Nevertheless, they are unsurprisingly milking this for all it’s worth. In the bigger picture however their hack and subsequent doc dump that revealed HB Gary’s bag of “dirty tricks” is of little relevance. That is, outside of the fact that it exemplifies what is arguably common practice within the cyber security industry. After all, Hard Core Hackers don’t die. They just go to work for iSec. Or, start their own company.

What is and should be of relevance to the public at large is this gang’s new hyper-awareness that is in direct proportion to public reaction. A hyper-awareness that is galvanized by new-found blood lust. So much so that they are looking for new targets. Hunton & Williams is one such target, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, another. As is their renewed interest in Bank of America. And they are not planning a , this time. They are talking about breaching (or, as they put it, “raping”) the aforementioned servers, harvesting, and distributing data.

This should matter to people on all sides of the various issues raised. Even those who are pleased with the HB Gary data dump and all that it has revealed. Then again, perhaps it will take another ATT email hack for people to recognize the nihilistic fabric of the Anonymous gang. If so, the public will learn sooner than later that this hacker gang will not stop at Hunton & Williams, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, or the Bank of America. Unfortunately, the sin of naiveté can be a painful lesson. Especially when surfing the hackpocalypse.