Bruce Schneier has an interesting article about a development that brings back memories from when Stuxnet was discovered.
Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who is doing this, but it feels like a large a large nation state. China and Russia would be my first guesses.
This may be in line with some findings that a new larger team is developing malware and exploits for an international scale. It also urges a lot of parties to take security more serious and not only go for compliance. It also may put the announcement from GCHQ about the great British firewall in a new light.
Last week Kali Linux 2016.2 was released so it was time to make a new VirtualBox instance for it to see the difference from the release in January. But let’s automate a little bit to quickly rebuild virtual machines for Kali Linux.
$ cd ~/Downloads
$ wget http://cdimage.kali.org/kali-2016.2/kali-linux-2016.2-amd64.iso
Let’s create the virtual machine and boot it. In this example it is bound to the wireless network card and allocates an 16 GB disk image as the default 8 GB size for Debian is too small and 10 GB is the minimum advised.
Podcasts are normally only available in digital format, but Hello Internet now has also an episode exclusively on vinyl. They’re most likely the first to produce a podcast on vinyl and the first batch sold out in hours. Hopefully I receive my copy from the second batch and can hear what Brady Haran and C.G.P. Grey are talking about.