A mention in a podcast and a few comments at work got me interested, just how many ssh login attempts is every single PC, webcam, smartdevice, being subjected to?
A quick check of the fail2ban(1) logs on my home PC and I found that for yesterday alone there are 266 failed login attempts from all over the world. Poking around with a little awk(1) and some shell and I find:
From Bruce Schneir’s Schneier on Security, possibly one of the best articles I’ve ever read on the increasing harassment of anyone who dares to wield a camera in a public place:
… The 9/11 terrorists didn’t photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn’t photograph the Oklahoma City Federal Building. The Unabomber didn’t photograph anything; neither did shoe-bomber Richard Reid.
Another trip through Canberra airport, once more I’m selected for the “random” additional security checks. I think I’ve worked it out though, on a Sunday evening there’s so little for the security staff to do that their “random” person selector picks every third person, and anyone who stands out in the slightest gets picked on.
At least this time they were civil about the whole deal, although I am puzzled about one aspect of the whole metal-detector thing.
The 2007 Staff Attitude Survey is now open and will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. Please click on the following link to access the survey online via a secure website http://www.voiceproject.com.au/monash.
It’s just wrong in so many ways. Since when has HTTP been a secure website? If this is the staff attitude survey for us, who the hell is voiceproject.com.au? That second question doesn’t seem to matter much since it bounces straight to another company I’ve never heard of, asr1.
“Post 9/11” I have flown within Australia several times and internationally three times. Internationally, I’ve been to airports in the UK, Switzerland, Italy, China and Vietnam and have had various levels of security checks at various airports. Within Australia I’ve flown through Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Canberra. At only one place have I ever had any hassles, that is Canberra airport. It doesn’t seem to be a one-off either, it seems that every time I fly through Canberra airport the security staff are the rudest, most obnoxious, most determined to puff up their chests and egos and find some trivial item that must be confiscated because it’s in the rules.
The latest plot uncovered in the UK and the (over?) reaction of the airlines has me thinking that maybe the terrorists are winning. Is the desired outcome death, or is just total disruption? Restrictions down to no hand luggage of any kind, no food, no drink, nothing except travel documents…. Oh yay, I’m flying internationally in a couple of weeks too.
Seems to be getting close to a point where the airlines are going to hand out a plastic bag as you step through the security checkpoint and ask you to strip and hand everything over, you’ll then be led naked into the aircraft and handcuffed into your seat for the duration of the flight.
I’ve written off to the managers of the Arintji café and Federation Square to ask them what the hell they are on about, the following made bugger all sense at the time — just another example of the mindless rules that seem to be increasing all the time, generally waved off with the all-powerful word “security” wafted over them to ward off evil spirits. I wonder what bizarre explanation they’ll be able to offer.
OK, I’m guilty. I took a camera into the local shopping centre! A bizarre rule I know, but nearly every single shopping mall in the country seems to have sprouted signs in the last few years banning cameras. (I’m not sure what you are meant to do if you buy one inside).
Additionally, in some fit of wisdom, the management of the Oakleigh Centro have decided that keeping the doors open at night is a security hazard, and since everyone knows that the entire population of Australia drives everywhere in their cars, they lock all the doors except the one into the car-park and the one that is diametrically opposite the train and bus station on the far side of the building.
Rearrangement of the loot — part one. Now its all in one place.
Loot part two, and later parts, involve finding places to put it all, thanking all who gave it to us, hopefully being able to toss out stuff it replaces. All fun things to be done “in the fullness of time.”
Riding home late this evening, just after the rain had stopped. A light mist hanging over everything, and all the smells seemed enhanced.
http://xforce.iss.net/library/bill_stout/ntexploits.htm: Known NT Exploits http://www.securityfocus.com/: s e c u r i t y f o c u s http://www.iptvreports.mcmail.com/interception_capabilities_2000.htm:
e-text http://www.net-books.com/: Online Bookstore — E-Books Security http://www.ifi.uio.no/pgp/: The International PGP Home Page http://www.rootshell.com/: Rootshell.com Music http://www2.crosswinds.net/~linuxmusic/: Linux MusicStation ftp://ftp.mpx.com.au/m1/moremods/incoming/music/:
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.