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    About a year ago I read the book “A Cuckoo’s Egg”, written in 1989. It included quite a bit of information pertaining to older systems such as the VAX/VMS. I went to Censys (when their big data was still accessible easily and for free) and downloaded a set of the telnet (port 23) data. A quick grep later and I had isolated all the VAX/VMS targets on the net. Low and behold, of the 33 targets (I know, really scraping the bottom of the barrel here) more than half of them were still susceptible to default password attacks literally listed in a book from almost 3 decades ago. After creating super user accounts I contacted these places to let them know that that they were sporting internet facing machines using default logins from 1989. All but one locked me out. This is 31 years later… The future will be a mess, kids



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    Ahhh Clifford Stoll, there is a movie of it up on youtube if you haven’t seen it already [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTx9h3Sm29I](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTx9h3Sm29I)

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    You might also dig “Soul of a New Machine” by Tracy Kidder.

    It is a bit of a documentary focused on building a particular model of mini computer. Quite a bit of discussion of engineering details here and there that really were quite the adventure in hacking.

    Covers a bit of history– the mini computer– that is largely forgotten these days. The architecture and implementation was quite a bit different than either mainframe or PC.

    And it is a fun read. Kidder is a great author.

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    Such a great read looking forward to the youtube.

  • #323064


    Great book! Time to reread me thinks

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    If you like Cliff Stoll, how do you feel about Klein bottles? (Google Cliff Stoll and Klein bottles)

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