Wake Up Call! Rise and shine you beautiful bastards! I’m Chali Baicunn, and it’s the Wednesday after Memorial Day here in the states; and that means most of us are back at the day jobs. Many still wondering which organ hurts more; the brain or the liver. Since starting a new work week sucks anyways, Vin and I decided that I’d start a new series here on the site. At the start of every new work week, I’ll be bringing you quality hacks, info, and more to help get your week started right. In this series, the posts will be structured, so that you’ll be presented news/ info/ & tips, a project post, that we’ll work on together for a few weeks, and then a book suggestion for the week. So site up, tune in, and get that fatty grey matter engaged with this week’s Wake Up Call!
First up is a little housekeeping. This is specifically for the Microsoft Windows users out there. There’s a VD (virtual disease) pandemic, going around out there on the devil-may-care Internets. The media has slowed their WannaCry hype train, but for the love of baud; patch your shit…. Like now. WannaCry may appear to have been stopped, but there are still iterations of if running a muck on the interwebs. If you’re not careful you’ll spread your VD to your friends when you’re out social networking, and then everyone will hate you… and possibly know how many times you’ve googled midget mud wrestling pron…. So don’t be a chump… patch it up. If you’re a Mac, Linux, BSD user move along down the post you’re good… ish… for now.
Wake Up Call INFO/TIPS: Path IT Up Windows Users
WannaCry works by taking advantage of a buffer overflow vulnerability in SMB1 (Server Message Block). (More info on SMB is here. The vulnerability that WannaCry leverages was patched on copies of Windows 7 and newer back in March. If you’ve avoided those updates, do them now. Microsoft also pushed out patches for legacy machines earlier this month….. You should patch those too. MS also put out detailed post with loads of info for users, including links out to more info. (Link to that is here)
Microsoft also recommends that users disable SMB1, and not use it at all. Their Security Team put a lengthy blog post out about it back in September of 2016. (That can be found here) The full MS Security Bulletin can be found here. If you’re concerned about the security of the above links you can check the HTML of the page to see the destinations. (In Chrome it’s Ctrl+Shift+I) I forget what the hot keys are in Firefox and if you’re using a Microsoft browser stop… it’s trash.
Project: Nyan Cat Unicorn (that’s the name bc reasons and this is the internet)
You’re traveling through another dimension. A dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of the imagination. And if you get good, there’s a magic carpet ride as well. I’ll be gentle this first go round considering I might be your first, and this is a first time for me.
In preparing for this post, I wanted to pick a truly kickass project for us to work on together. After some thought I chose a subject near and dear to me. It’s a great starting point for us for a few reasons. One, it’s free. That’s right this project is likely going to cost you $0. Two, you’ll be able to apply this to your life, in interesting and functional ways. Finally, the best way to figure out how stuff works is to break it.
You still confused about what we’re doing? Just read the text on the image below, and I’m betting you’ll figure it out right away.
Are you down? Has some part of your brain been tickled in an unexpected way? It’s likely that you’ll experience some frustration during our journey. You may get uncomfortable. You may experience shortness of breath, headaches, and minor mental breaks. This project could get rough at times…. You’re right we need a safe word! It’ll be Fraggle Rock. It’s dangerous to go alone. Here take this…If you get lost, have a question just comment #FraggleRock below; or hit me up on Twitter at @ZorakTheMantis with your question. I’ll try help you, and will get you the resources you’ll need to get past the rough spots.
The Wake Up Call won’t really be starting until next Monday, but I do have some homework for you guys. You’re going to need Kali Linux. It’s a full loaded Linux distribution, that has all of the tools that we’re going to need. You’re also going to need a pc to run it on. If you have the computing power to handle it, I recommend that you setup a virtual machine to run Kali in. If you don’t, I recommend that you run it on a flash drive and be sure to set it up with persistence. There’s are instructions on the Kali site on how to do this, just look in the documentation section. You can Google Kali Linux or use this link to jump right to the site. I do not recommend that you install Kali as your daily OS. It’s not designed for it, and will likely be way more frustrating than it’s worth.
Wake Up Call Book of the Week:
On a final note, in this post; you should check Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science, by Michael Brooks. It’s an excellent read, and will open your eyes to all of the ways some of our most notable scientists have lied and cheated. Some for the best and some for the worst. I can’t recommend this book more. If you bring yourself to read, then find the audio book and listen. You’ll thank me later.
Alright guys, I’m out of here. Thanks for stopping by, check back in next Monday to continue Project Nyan Cat Unicorn. I’ll be back on Friday with The Breakdown. Until the next post, I’m out.