Proving once again that hackers security researchers are the reason we can't have nice things, the Key Installation Attack (KRACK) is loose in the wild and exploits an intrinsic weakness in the WPA2 protocol to let unsavory sorts do unsavory things.
That depends on who lives near you and how much you've pissed them off because as usual hacking WiFi networks requires the attacker to be physically close. On the down side, the short story is that there are no more secure wireless protocols.
The industrial and national espionage opportunities are more compelling than Eve going after Alice and Bob's home network traffic so some of you are more screwed than others. Authenticated WPA2 Professional still relies on the same underlying technology that has this intrinsic flaw. Additionally, some implementations are more susceptible to certain classes of attacks than others.
Problematically, the extremely-vulnerable wpa_supplicant implementation is at the heart of any Linux-based system including and especially embedded ones such as consumer WiFi routers, smart TVs, and pretty much any Internet of Things device. For a lot of these things you'll be lucky to ever see a firmware update.
This can be fixed by a minor revision to the WPA2 specification that's backwards-compatible with existing devices/software/whatever. Network traffic that's designed to operate over unsecure links is unaffected (e.g. https://, encrypted VPN). Read a Mickens about security and feel better.
Any fix will require a patch, a lot of stuff won't get patched, and any unpatched device/software/whatever is an attack vector. Unsecure network services (e.g. everything not designed to operate on the raw Internet) are exposed to attackers on your network. An attacker on your network can turn all your stuff into zombies, access your open network shares, and otherwise do anything that someone you've given your network password can do.
Have a nice day, patch all your stuff, and don't forget to use AES.
This Tuesday 10/10 marks 10 years of TF2.
I can’t believe this game has lasted this long.
Granted, its been a few years since I played consistently. But its more playtime and enjoyment I’ve gotten out of most games especially FPS.
It marks one of Valves high points and also their transition from a developer to a distributor.
The game has had its ups and downs, but overall, its been a great experience. It’s how I first met Icrontic. I miss the game and community at its high point. Nothing else has really been able to fill that void.
Anyway I digress. My point is I miss TF2 and I miss the league nights. I’ll be on the server 10/10 to celebrate. Hopefully I won't be alone.
I recently changed my profile picture to a teal ribbon which is the banner for ovarian cancer. This month is set aside as the time to recognize, not commemorate, ovarian cancer. In April, my wife was diagnosed with Stage 3c epithelial ovarian cancer, had two major surgeries and is now half way through her chemotherapy in an effort to arrest, not cure, her cancer. Only 40% of the women diagnosed with this stage of the disease survive 5 years from point of diagnosis. I have told friends and family that our world just stopped spinning when we received the diagnosis and prognosis. When the one you hold most dear is in peril, life takes on a whole new meaning. I thought I would pause for the moment and tell you about Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and my beloved.
My wife's name is Cathy. As an online gamer, she was known as "SwissMiss." She doesn't do that anymore preferring the single player genres such as Far Cry 3, 4 and Primal. She is an adventure gamer who loves titles such as, Syberia and Bioshock and their sequels. Cathy is my best friend and my fishing partner. She can handle a 20' bass boat with the best of men and a true master of fishing the plastic worm. As a school teacher, she is the best I have ever seen. Students of all ages from Kg - 12th grade have flocked to her with any and all problems from academic to social emotional benefiting from her charm, wisdom and grace. She is a people person who has compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love for all. She lights up a room whenever and wherever she enters. I am blessed to have her as my spouse.
When her oncologist met us in pre-op to escort her for her second surgery, I told him, "She is the only reason I draw breath; please take good care of her." A tear fell from his eye as did mine after we spoke. To lose her would cut my heart out. I am prayerful that I will not, but there is NO CURE for ovarian cancer only remission which is all too temporary. Today, we are cancer survivors; tomorrow we don't know. That is the ugly truth of all ovarian cancers. There is no tomorrow, only today.
Please reflect on the women in your life and the significance of September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
Every PAX event they pick 20 random attendees for their Omegathon elimination tournament which spans the entire weekend. Omeganauts compete in games from every category (tabletop, console, PC) culminating in a live championship match on the big stage during PAX closing ceremonies. The grand prize this year is a trip to any PAX in the world (including Australia).
I got picked.
It's this weekend starting Friday; Sept 1st-4th. It's my second time attending PAX West in Seattle. @Farge will be there, along with my step-brother and many coworkers (and tens of thousands of other people). I get fancy swag, early entrance on Friday and my face on giant banners throughout the convention - hopefully not with a big red X over it too soon
I'll be competing live on Twitch - stream links to come. I hope some of you will tune in to watch me compete! (and cheer me on aggressively in chat)
Here's the schedule (in PST):
The games are:
Round 1: Scattergories
Round 2: Mario Kart 8
Round 3: Guillotine
Round 4: Robo Recall (Oculus Touch exclusive)
Round 5: N64 Wrestlemania 2000
Final: Mystery Round
They'll eliminate four of us each of the first four rounds, then two in the semi-final so the final will be 1v1. I'm super nervous and super excited. Honestly I'll be thrilled if I survive past the first round. I haven't had much time to practice; my coworkers have been helping train me with their participation and lending of games and a Wii U. Sure wish I had the Mario Kart skills some of you do! I'm terrified of that round but at least it's early, just need to be top 12. Tips welcome Expecting chaos.
Back in September I started dating a programmer, and we realized that we had very compatible skills. We spent a few months talking about how we should make an app, but didn't get around to actually doing anything until April.
Last night, we listed out first app in the Android play store! Fore Score is a mini putt (mini golf for all the Americans reading this) score card that also works for golf. Our goal was to design a clean and simple interface that would allow users to keep track of games, compare scores with par, and share their completed score cards.
I really enjoyed the app design process, and wanted to share this milestone with the community.
If anyone here decides to give it a try, I would welcome feedback and suggestions that I can apply to this and future projects.
Nicole, aka @PinkInDetroit has been furiously drawing her little fingers off recently and it's because she's been deep in the throes of giving birth to an awesome children's book called Rosie: A Detroit Herstory.
Rosie tells the tale of Detroit's "Rosie the Riveters", the women who helped fuel the war machine that ultimately secured an Allied victory against the Nazi empire.
The book is nearly complete, and is written simply enough to be considered a "children's book" but they're pretty sure adults are going to love it too. Bailey, the author, is also the purveyor of Detroit History Tours, and she doesn't mess around when it comes to historical research.
The project was fully funded on Kickstarter after only a day and a half. If you would like to get a copy, you can find out more about the book and order your copy on Kickstarter.
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