Security Now! Transcript of Episode #287 - Steve Gibson

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Date: 2014-11-05
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Care to opine a bit on the evolution of Bitcoin? Can projects like Medici and sidechains be heralding in an even greater democratization of money? I honestly think that the blockchain technology is incredibly revolutionary and has a TON of applications even beyond currency, but it is the miners that truly make the technology usable, and they must be incentivized.
I think it is fascinating that even the initial release of bitcoin already solved a bunch of insane tendrils i never would have thought of. every time i release any type of software, it is always filled with a shitload of bugs and things i forgot to dummyproof.
I don't know what medici is so i am just rambling about how much i love the blockchain. hail blockchain.
Which musical artists inspire you? The problem i have with music is the farther i travel up the mountain, the higher i realize the mountain is. there are a lot of people that can't tell the difference between artist a and artist b, but anyone "in the know" can.
That said, i really sweat this group out of LA called "oliver"'s mixing, pendulum/knife party composition and mixing and sound design - the list is tall and wide actually i could go on for hours.
What's your deal with the strong dislike you appear to harbor for the opposite sex? Is this real or simply gaslighting randomness just for the sake of it? In addition to that, what is your opinion on female hackers? Its odd because i get called a misogynist but i really have no idea where that comes from.
I get involved in weird sjw discussions but i believe in the meritocracy.
I hate "scene whores" i guess but there are a plethora of female hackers i know who are waaay more talented than me and i have learned a lot from and frankly, they tend to share the same opinions as i do.
Judge people on their skills, not their sex.
What role did the AOL hacking scene play in the evolution of ytcracker? I call aol the alpha omicron lambda fraternity, because seriously everyone that came out of that clique is doing something important, and we all help each other out. even mark zuckerburg is a part of the fraternity.
A lot of my earlier music was pretty aol-centric, and i love MrSteveCase - we share a last name so you know how we do.
Where do you see the nerdcore scene going in the future? Will it make an impact on mainstream music? Do you think it has already? So much of what was once considered "nerdcore" has already bled into mainstream through guys like childish gambino and odd future. as i said before, nerdcore is such a hard thing to pin down by definition. i just have to rep it because i am sitting on the mount rushmore of nerdcore.
Hello YT, I have a question. What is the best tools to use as someone who has little to none experience in hacking? I promise not to be a blackhat. Dont promise to not be a blackhat because it may be what you want to do with your life.
Take a look at offensive security and their guides and take a look at the kali distro - scripts like wifite make hacking friends wifi for fun and profit easy as pie.
Drag yourself up from there and become a beast.
What advice would give for someone who is alarmed with increasing surveillance, but still wants to work and be a part of the infosec community? I know people working on both sides of the fence - cops need robbers, red teams need blue teams.
The thing about infosec is you can totally choose your own adventure - it is still such a budding field that you can attach your own style of moral compass in your actions, so just do you playa.
What are the proper ethical boundaries activists should observe when resisting the surveillance and police states, and government overreach in general? The biggest problem when asking questions of "ethics" is if - hypothetically - you are playing a game - are you playing by the same rules? if you're playing by the same rules, you can play by the same ethics.
That answer is really weird, but i think you know what i mean.
How can I get into hacking? Take a look at offensive security and their guides and take a look at the kali distro - scripts like wifite make hacking friends wifi for fun and profit easy as pie drag yourself up from there and become a beast.
I love Bitcoin and the English language and am interested in speaking. Rhythm and meter are the most important thing in my eyes, but lately there has been a lot more "avant-garde" projects that see huge success.
I think it would be fun to make a rap sometime. Any advice how someone with no experience might make a rap song? Honestly, my only advice to people making music is to have fun. as long as you are having fun, who gives a shit what other people think?
Your latest album is one of the more serious nerdcore releases i've heard so far. It's a pretty rare entry, because the scene still seems to be quite light-hearted and humorous at it's core. Do you perceive nerdcore rappers in general as being afraid to take themselves seriously? The definition of nerdcore is pretty malleable, which is why i put the term in quotes. if i had to choose a genre for myself, it would be digital gangster rap or hackercore or something dumb like that. give it a name.
Ever since CO went weed legal has the stuff you've been smoking gotten a lot better than what you use to get from DGs? There was a guy in cali who spammed his hash out to pretty much everywhere around the country.
I got to smoke his hash whenever i was on tour.
I dont think the legality has much to do with it, it just makes the arms race more awesome.
What are some of your favorite sci fi novels/authors? Are there any in particular whose influence is strong in Introducing Neals? Neals is actually named after neal stephenson, which is where the YT from my own name comes from. gibson is obviously the largest influence in anything done in the cyberpunk arena from my generation.
I've suspected that's where YT was from forever, but I never saw it confirmed anywhere. Thanks for freeing up some of my mental RAM! Kourier = spammer.
Natural progression.
My favorite part of reading this is that if there's a lyric I hear in any of your songs, I read this and I'm like "Oh, he said lambda fraternity, not lamped up fraternity" haha. Also getting more references makes me dig the music even more than before. Lyric analysis is all i survive on.
Alpha omicron lambda forever.
Wish you woulda come out to Seattle with Lars, Chris, and Spose! What do you think about the US government buying up and hoarding zero days? Where there is a market, there is a way. i guarantee you that black market whodis can fire harder on 0days than a lot of the bug bounty guys can, and the government doesn't have the swag to pull the real deal with 100% accuracy.
Is it true ANYTHING can be hacked? Yes - simply because human beings are idiots. human beings built the systems and work the systems we use every day. until skynet is a reality, hacking is here to stay.
What comes after Introducing Neals and the forthcoming movie event? Musicwise, i have no idea what i am going to do next.
As far as hustles go, i am working on a pretty disruptive technology to help the homeless with seansoutpost, and a dating app.
I'm trying to get into programming but I am at a loss at how to make it fun. most projects I see are things like build a calculator or a web crawler. got any tips for a fun project I can do in python that would be useful and help me grab the ropes and run with it? Best thing to do is figure out a problem you want to solve and solve it with programming.
Lets say theres a task that you find yourself doing multiple times a day - maybe it can be automated, maybe it cant - but approach programming as trying to make whatever that task is easier.
He also mentioned the show forever ago at JMU in VA where it was like 30 of us in a room, and you, Lars and Front all killed it. It's one of my favorite shows that I've ever attended, but it makes me wonder what is your favorite show you ever performed? I actually remember that show very vividly because of how crazy it was - i showed your partner a video from that show - they are available on youtube.
Do you like the small intimate venues, or do you like doing shows in front of huge crowds? I hate this being my answer, but really, so many venues bleed together - it is incredibly hard to keep them all straight, so i don't really think i have a breakout show in my mind.
Any memories you want to share? I like playing the smaller shows better because i am super social anxiety weirdo, so the smaller the show, the better in my eyes.
Yeah, I remember geeking out at that show because we could chill and talk with you guys for a while afterwards. It was an awesome time, and like I said, one of my favorite concerts ever. We're in Chicago now, so any time you come through the midwest we'll be there. Thanks for the inspiration. You gonna be at defcon next year? Every year.
When the hole LuLzSec thing was happening you gave a shout out to Sabu in "LulzSec Official National Anthem." What's your thoughts on that snitch bitch now a days? Link to www.ytcracker.com
Starting with this one - there are three volumes.
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