Falling in Love With a Robot

My ever-alert contributor Herbbert J. Rabinowicz sends me this provocative link, “Programmed for Love” at the Chronicle of Higher Education, http://chronicle.com/article/Programmed-for-Love-The/125922/. Check out this lead: Imagine standing in front of a robot, gazing into its wide, plastic eyes, and falling in love. Your heart revs up, and you hope this Other—this humanoid machine—turns your way …

IPv6 Day

Many of my students have insistently questioned when, where, why and how the heck IPv6 is going to be implemented? Well, kids, get ready for some fun, because World IPv6 Day is coming, and it’s the biggest network test I’ve ever dreamed of. And oh ho, most people will have no problem, except say 1,000,000 …

Using Backtrack: Network Mapping: Identify Live Hosts: AutoScan-Network

AutoScan-Network Purpose: Scary fast and automated network enumeration. Really scary. Discussion: It uses a very nice GUI. Sometimes the English is a little garbled. It discovers routers, wireless access points, hosts, ports, services, default passwords and I don’t know yet what else. It found my new Sony BluRay player running VxWorks, for pete’s sake! This …

Using Backtrack: Network Mapping: Identify Live Hosts: arping

arping Purpose: To find hosts using address resolution protocol (ARP, which probes at layer 2) rather than ICMP, a layer 3 protocol that is usually blocked at routers these days. Initially it was solely a utility for making sure an IP address isn’t taken before you assign it. Discussion: The ability to slip through the …

Using Backtrack 4: Information Gathering: Dradis Server and Client

Dradis Server and Client Purpose: To provide an online database application to manage information gathered by a team during exploits or penetration tests. Discussion: There are two components here. The first thing you’ll need to do is start the server, how to do this isn’t immediately obvious. The opening screen, below, tells you how to …

Using Backtrack 4: Information Gathering: TheHarvester

TheHarvester Purpose: Finding hosts and thus subdomains, as well as account names and email addresses. Discussion: Warming up your penetration test? Then you’re looking for these hosts, accounts and email addresses. Of course these list exactly your initial targets, and if you’re hooking for a particular person their account name is a plum to find. …

Using Backtrack 4: Information Gathering: Searchengine: gooscan

gooscan Purpose: To perform searches on enterprise Google Appliances. Just imagine what those internal search appliances can hold…. Discussion: This is not just a command-line tool for doing Google searches. In fact, automated searches are specifically forbidden by Google’s terms of service. Instead, it is designed to exploit Google’s popular search appliances, which are deployed …