The Netherlands was plagued by numerous DDOS attacks lately. The tax authorities, Bunq bank and many other banks and government agencies. The attacker was careless and left some traces and was even arrogant enough to seek contact with the sysadmin of Tweakers.net, one of the targeted sites.
To me Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) alway was a mysterious protocol. When some cool program required an open port, UPnP made it happen. When some fancy program did not work, someone would ask me: “Did you enable UPnP”? Right, I forgot… I had no clue what magic UPnP did for me.
Equifax is a consumer credit reporting agency and last week it got hacked. Now the information of 143 milion US citizens, about 45% of the population, has been compromised by hackers. The hackers got access to names, birth dates, addresses but also social sercurity numbers and in some cases drivers license numbers. This is a really big thing! It got me thinking and I just had to write about it.
Many years ago, I studied the art of picking locks. Not to do anything illegal, but just to learn about locks and how they work. Most importantly, open locks in a non-destructive way the manufacturer certainly did not intend to open. I bought a lock picking set and a practice lock. Over the years I collected some other locks, formerly used in real life. I finally got a chance to show off my skills.