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SHODAN: Computer Search Engine

April 13, 2013 Leave a comment

http://www.shodanhq.com/

TODO: write more about it…

I read about it in this article (in Hungarian).

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SecurityTube: lots of videos on security

April 7, 2013 Leave a comment
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Uplink: the game

April 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Uplink_1I play very rarely but this week we had a holiday and I tried Darwinia (2005) from Introversion. It was a mistake because now I must try their other games too :) Yes, thay are that awesome!

The first game from Introversion was Uplink, which has become a cult hacker simulator. “It is best described as a simulator of the cinematic depiction of computer hacking.” It was released in 2001. It’s a shame that I heard about it 12 years later but later is still better than never…

Linux
The game is available on Linux in Steam. However, I had a problem with the resolution. The game started with a different resolution and in the middle of the tutorial I couldn’t click on some icons, this event was not recognized by the software. From the command line you can start the game with any resolution so with the following launcher script I could solve the problem:

# uplink.sh (I use 1920x1080 resolution under Linux)
cd /opt/Steam/SteamApps/common/Uplink
./uplink.bin.x86_64 '!graphics_screenwidth' 1920 '!graphics_screenheight' 1080

How to get started
The game has a built-in tutorial that explains the basics. Then go through the Ultimate Uplink Guide, which explains everything :) You can also look at some YouTube videos if you get stuck with some advanced missions. Here is a short walkthrough too.

Soundtrack
The game has a very nice soundtrack. My favourite song is The Blue Valley, which is the perfect “hacker song” in my opinion :) But you can listen to the whole soundtrack too.

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Save Game
There is no “save game” option. If you get caught, it’s over. But there is a solution :) Your game state is saved to ~/.uplink, so all you have to do is quit the game regularly and make a backup of this directory. The game starts instantly so you don’t lose much time with this. But if you die and you need to restart from scratch, well… that’s annoying. I made a little backup script. It makes a copy of the ~/.uplink directory in the current folder and adds a timestamp to it. I put it in ~/backup. I suggest keeping several backups because in the game you are not caught immediately. You may continue to play for several in-game days when the black screen of death appears.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import os
import shutil
from datetime import datetime

UPLINK_DIR = "{home}/.uplink".format(home=os.path.expanduser('~'))

def get_timestamp_from_year_to_second():
    """A compact timestamp."""
    now = datetime.now()
    date = datetime.date(now)
    time = datetime.time(now)
    template = "{year}_{month:02}_{day:02}_{hour:02}{minute:02}{second:02}"
    return template.format(year=date.year, month=date.month, day=date.day,
                           hour=time.hour, minute=time.minute, second=time.second)

def main():
    dest = "uplink_{timestamp}".format(timestamp=get_timestamp_from_year_to_second())
    shutil.copytree(UPLINK_DIR, dest)

#############################################################################

if __name__ == "__main__":
    main()

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What is hacking?

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

YouTube user daarrroo summed up the essence of hacking in a single line:

"You don't learn to hack, you hack to learn."

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Hacking with BackTrack Linux

November 24, 2010 1 comment

I’ve been using Ubuntu for years but I just heard about BackTrack Linux today. It’s an Ubuntu-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. You can install it on your HDD, run it on a live CD, or install it on a USB drive.

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