San Francisco Rail System Hacker Hacked [Link]

December 01, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

I know many people that are fascinated by the hack of San Francisco's MUNI. I'm far more fascinated by the white-hat battles against the hacker, which may have resulted in breaching the miscreant's email accounts. From Brian Krebs:

On Monday, KrebsOnSecurity was contacted by a security researcher who said he hacked this very same inbox after reading a news article about the SFMTA incident. The researcher, who has asked to remain anonymous, said he compromised the extortionist’s inbox by guessing the answer to his secret question, which then allowed him to reset the attacker’s email password. A screen shot of the user profile page for shows that it was tied to a backup email address,, which also was protected by the same secret question and answer.

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  1. Mirai Botnet Pushes Many Germans Offline [Link]

    December 01, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Brian Krebs continues to follow the analysis of the biggest Botnet attacks the world has ever seen.

    Tell me this doesn't sound like a William Gibson plot writing itself:

    “This is an interesting development because a lot of the response to Mirai lately has been to find a Mirai ...

  2. The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence [Link]

    November 30, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Sam Harris has an excellent and deeply intellectual podcast. This week's episode features an interview with Professor Stuart Russell about the current and future state of A.I. and it's potential impact on society.

  3. Education VS. Nonsense [Link]

    November 29, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Derek Lowe writing at Science:

    One way to deal with such nonsense is to go after it head-on, pulling up evidence to show that no, these things don’t appear to be true, and here are a bunch of quite plausible reasons why they’re not. If someone is wavering ...

  4. Akamai on the Krebs DDoS Attack [Link]

    November 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Akamai was the DDoS protection service used by security researcher Brian Krebs. At least until last September when they couldn’t offer pro-bono protection under the weight of new massive attacks.

    Their latest report details the specific attack on Krebs.

    As detailed here in several previous posts, was ...

  5. Automated Expense Reports [Link]

    November 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    One of my biggest concerns about Apple reducing their commitment to Mac automation is that we will no longer get these fabulous posts by Dr. Drang.

  6. iCloud Calendar Spam

    November 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I recently enjoyed a new form of spam: iCloud calendar spam. No, it wasn’t a calendar invitation attached to an email. It appears to be from a source other than email.

    Here’s the fact pattern:

    A new event alarm was created in my primary iCloud calendar without my ...

  7. Timeline and Hardbound for Anti-News

    November 23, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I’ve been enjoying my free time quite a bit while I workout a new framework for understanding other humans. I’ve made specific efforts to avoid “news” in all of its grotesque forms. It’s a challenge partially alleviated by finding other mental outlets.

    Two outlets I’ve enjoyed ...

  8. DEVONthink Journey Series

    November 22, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    This DEVONthink series by Stuart Ingram is a great introduction to DEVONthink and shows several different use cases and contexts. DEVONthink is one of those apps that is hard to explain precisely because its strengths change based on what you use it for.

    Series intro

    Setup and first use

    Student ...

  9. TaskPaper Tutorials [Link]

    November 22, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    These tutorials by Jesse are a great introduction to TaskPaper. If you haven’t used TaskPaper in a long while, it’s worth another look. The application was completely redesigned and has several cool new features. Even the TaskPaper date picker is one of the most functional I’ve seen ...