Sunday, 20 May 2007

Is too much sex bad for your Penetration Testers?

Brand Killer Robots reveal::
We recall a time when two of our friends were arrested in a bar in Eastern Europe and were not returned to us for at least two weeks. As it happened the forementioned were senior penetration testers from a local security company, with a reputation for being thorough, imaginative and intensely minded in their work.

During their incarceration the pair were apparently probed for their knowledge of specific kinds of security algorithims. When asked exactly how this information was shared with the kidnappers, the answers were never forthcoming. We had thought they might have told us stories of electrical shocks to the usual places, or beatings on the backs of the legs - or perhaps the practice of water dunking.

It appears that after a day of interrogation the captors had decided to spill the beans.

It appears that our intensely dedicated colleagues had been put through a very different course of extreme rigour. One where they had spent 10 days and 10 nights drilling some of the best prostitutes - their captors money could buy.
When asked how they coped with their ordeal, they both said that they couldn't remember disclosing any confidential information and were more than likely going to change career now.

Any impartial judge might surely make the observation that there was more to their adventure than a fun time in the arms of Olga. But true to their word, they both left the security business and one is now running a guest house near Inverness, the other went on to found a website design company.

We ask - "Is too much sex bad for your Penetration Testers?!"

Can foreign security services take the pen - out of your penetration testers?

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Zone~less~ness

Brand Killer Robots reveal::
You know when you’ve been in the ZONE, when you’ve been typing at your keyboard and you suddenly become conscious that you’ve been sat in the same position for over 10 hours. When you’re still drinking that same old coffee in the evening that you prepared in the morning. When you don’t know the meaning of taking a break and bedtime is when you finally feel satisfied with the work you have done - which is usually sometime after 1am in the morning.

People say that hackers are negative, introvert, nerdy type people, when in actual fact the truth is that these opinions usually come from people with only half a brain. Trying to get us to think about them, rather than letting us concentrate on being in the ZONE. Ok, it does look a little odd when you’re trying to communicate with a zombie that seems to be ignoring you…

But the answer is … to SHUTUP and GO AWAY!

When you are stuck half way between real world and the Internet, it can have a serious effect on you. What you have effectively done is to open yourself up to live and think in two worlds simultaneously and both are having an effect on you. You have offered yourself up to operate in two worlds so that you might play a more intelligent role.
So what if the bed isn’t made! So what! Can’t you see that I’m stuck between two worlds, right now!

If you cannot find your way into the ZONE, then you will have to remain on the fringes of the new world. Unfortunately for you, this will mean that you will always remain an outsider. Someone with a blurred vision. Someone who has limited control over your identity. Lack of power over the things that frighten you on the Net.
You will never truly know what is going on under the hood of your computer. You just won’t get it!!!

And that puts you RIGHT IN THE FIRING LINE OF THE BLACK HATS.

Zone~less~ness!

From the 2007 book --- The Matrix Hackers