Tag: Not Donald Trump

How ’bout that Mirai Botnet

 

Do you remember that thing? It was the panic of the week last fall. Some jerks took large portions of the internet down for a couple hours. Everyone was in a tizzy for a bit. Well, the problem is still there. At least now nobody’s in a flail-your-arms panic over it, so maybe it’s worth discussing solutions.

Since there’s very little reason to remember the panic of the day even a week later, let me remind you how this works. A couple years back “Internet of Things” became the fashionable buzzword, so we all went out and bought WiFi enabled toasters. Now you can start toasting automatically when your alarm clock goes off. The fact that your toast will be ice cold by your seventh snooze is a small price to pay for living in The Future! But when you got your FutureToast, you didn’t bother to change the default password (it’s a hassle and if you did you’d forget the new one and what’s the worst that could happen anyway?) Mr. Nefarious Hacker sees that you’ve got a FutureToast, and he can log into it too. With your toaster and the 13,000 other ones that nobody’s changed the passwords on (and the 3300 GarageNoMores, and 4200 BlindsWithScience, and 132 HubCapConnects) he’s got access to a massive number internet connected devices. Mr. Nefarious Hacker can then use them to form punishing denial of service attacks, making the internet useless to the rest of us.

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For the past couple days I’ve been attending GenCon, the largest gaming convention. This has been a wonderful experience, from seeing people play Robo Rally with actual LEGO robots to acquiring a rare, out-of-print expansion for a game of mine in the dealer hall. Wonderful things, but if you want to hear more about them […]

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They say you should learn something new every day. I learn the most wonderful things from bathroom stalls. The other night, eating breakfast at a Perkins I learned three things: that Def Leppard Sux, that to have a good time one no longer needs to call, one merely has to text, and that the sage […]

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This weekend I took a trip with Mr. Hank Rhody and other friends and family to the 18th annual Ice Cold Beer Fest in Minocqua, WI. It was my second visit, and despite the increase in participants this year it was still a good time, with this year’s strategy of sticking with a couple types […]

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Son of Spengler: The depression of the office is only intensified when I go to make my morning tea and realize I have to drink it out of a paper cup. Gentlemen, the game’s Office Gothic. We all know deep down where we don’t even admit it to Ask Amelia that modern life really is […]

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6 Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death. 8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your […]

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