Are your hacking skills up to speed?

If I weren’t taking 17 credits this semester I’d actually research this project just for grins & giggles. I’m intrigued. Anyone who knows me IRL knows I adore Chrome.

My boy Christiaan Conover might be up for the challenge LOL

In other news…

I recently learned about the fun & joy of using Wireshark to packet sniff last week. I just now learned about Firesheep and the hazards of packet sniffing in an open Wi-Fi environment (ie, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, any unsecured network…) – your stuff can potentially be hijacked by an unscrupulous Firesheep script kitty

which means you can add another line defense if you are using Firefox (which I hate, so I’m actually not worried yet)…

Confused? Initially, I was too. Sorry. Read here.

Okay, back to class. I am about to slog a 5-Hour Energy and buckle down for some TCP/UDP protocol and think about the phở I may nom for lunch later after class.

~Roxy <3’s you!


  • http://christiaanconover.com Christiaan Conover

    Thanks for the shout out! Don’t know that I have the hacking skills to go after Chrome though. If they only give out like $3k for finding major security or stability problems, then a $20,000 prize means the challenge is way outside of my skillset.

    In regard to Firesheep & Facebook, take a look here http://cnvr.cc/hGk6HX

  • http://www.techremedy.net Tom Duffy

    I don’t like Chrome. Not after it was discovered that they were tracking everything that Chrome users visit, search for, etc…Privacy is important to me, which is why I almost never use Chrome. Packet sniffing is not something that SSL completely protects you against either. It just helps.

    I have downloaded the source code for Chrome and I’m going to start pulling it apart…who knows what I’ll find? haha! Thanks for the article!

  • http://www.techremedy.net Tom Duffy

    Here’s an article I wrote a couple of years ago that shows you how to tunnel all of your browser traffic through an SSH connection. It’s an old school quick security hack.


  • http://christiaanconover.com Christiaan Conover

    I use an SSH tunnel whenever I’m not on a network I trust, and by that I mean any network I haven’t architected & don’t manage myself. Those three magical words will go a long way in protecting yourself: Trust No One.

  • ruuuuuski

    “constant vigilance”- Mad Eye Moody