The Hacker’s Manifesto Revisited

Another one got caught today, it’s all over the papers. “Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal”, “Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering”… Damn kids. They’re all alike.

You may have recognized the opening lines of this now legendary text. The Hacker’s Manifesto, first published in Phrack #7 in 1986, was written by “The Mentor” shortly after his arrest. It is now part of the common hacker knowledge and stays a monument of the cyber culture. Today, we would like to give it ...

Does Your Domain Have Bad Neighbors?

What’s the big deal about bad neighbors?

  Bad neighbors are found in all types of places. Often times, when people begin the process of setting up a website or server (a.k.a. property), little research is done into exactly where they will be hosted at, who they are registering the domain name through, other sites nearby, and other subtle variables – such as a dedicated or shared server. Many decide to go with the inexpensive hosting provider to save costs, choose an inexpensive domain registrar, and ...

Las Vegas Presentation Recap

OpenDNS had a very busy schedule in Las Vegas last week. From BSides Las Vegas to Black Hat to DEFCON 22, OpenDNS presented 5 talks involving 6 people over 6 days. To summarize what we experienced in the land of ringing bells, ridiculous buffets, and climate controlled environments, Vinny LaRiza, Adrienne Merrick-Tagore, Andrew Hay, and Thibault Reuille have some observations from the various conferences.


BSides Las Vegas – Vinny LaRiza


I have been to a few Security BSides events in the past, ...

OpenGraphiti: The open source data visualization engine for busy hackers

Here at OpenDNS we have been working on a next-generation data visualization tool. We have been using this tool extensively to provide new insights into, and unique perspectives of, our intelligence database. The project has now reached a certain level of maturity and we are extremely proud to announce OpenGraphiti!

So, what is it ?

OpenGraphiti is a new data visualization engine focused on 3D rendering. It can visualize any relational data by connecting various entities with ‘like’ relationships. In addition to the visualization ...

Minilock: Confidentiality Made Simple

23 years ago, the first public version of PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) was released by Phil Zimmermann.

PGP made it possible for anybody to keep confidential data encrypted. PGP also made it possible for anybody to digitally sign files and emails before sharing them, so that the recipients can verify their authenticity.

Following the specification, the alternative implementation GnuPG was written, and support for PGP was made available for many email clients.

PGP implementations are still actively maintained, and there are no known ...