I’m back in Uganda after DEFCON. I had an amazing trip and I’m so thankful to so many people, especially to the volunteers that gave of their time, those that attended my talk, those that made donations and those that showed their support in other ways. I really can’t thank you enough.
Things in Uganda are .. interesting to say the least. I came back to bad news, my most trusted employees vanished without a trace, taking with him equipment he was loaned and rumor has it that he facilitated the “borrowing” of some amount of our training software.
I’m stunned, as this person was very loyal and trusted. Since I’ve had no discussion with him, all I have is speculation and third-party reports about what went down.
This comes right on the heels of some major layoffs and “attrition” within the organization here in the Uganda. The result is that we have lost all but one of our technicians, both senior managers, an accountant and a training center attendant. This leaves us with only one worker in the center (Teo), who despite being very personable and an excellent trainer, is simply not able to run the training center by herself. So the center is closed temporarily and we’re looking at some changes in how we run the center. It’s also time to pay the rent, and unless something happens, we won’t be able to make our rent payment.
If it weren’t for the encouragment I received from the community at DEFCON, I would be thinking of closing up shop here in Uganda. It’s that bad. But I’ll keep plugging on.
Thanks again everyone for the warm reception and for the many MANY long hours of encouragement, support and great converation.
What: Hackers for Charity Cookbook? wuh?
We are asking the hacker community to contribute their best recipes to be included in a Hackers Cookbook.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HACKERS FOR CHARITY!!! 100%
We have not picked a publisher yet, but we don’t imagine it will be difficult to find interest. (**hint hint.. interested publishers contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
How: Simple. Just submit your best recipes to email@example.com for consideration.
All categories, appetizers, entrees, desserts, beverages, etc.
1. Recipe and the story that goes with it.
2. Origin (country/region)
3. Pictures (optional, but desired)
4. Name, contact info and short bio. (Hacker nick will do, but if you want to benefit from the directory..)
We want to give something back to the contributors, so we plan to create a directory for the chefs in the book.
**UPDATE: Based on the feedback of some of our friends and volunteers, we would like to add that the Hacker’s Cookbook should be thought of as more of a cookbook FOR hackers. Meaning, the recipes should be high energy, low effort, easy ingredients and low mess. Allowing the hacker to spend less time in the kitchen and MORE time on the keyboard sword.
We are hoping to receive recipes from all around the world. Yep! If you have some InfoSec friends in other countries, please tell them about this project. We welcome their contribution!
First round of submissions are due by 4/1/2011
Who will contribute?
Ron Gula (CEO Tenable Network Security), Larry Pesce (Pauldotcom), Carlos Perez (Dark0perator), Mike Poor (Inguardians) and Dave Kennedy (social-engineer.com) just to name a few!!
So, whether you have “Reverse Engineered or Fuzzed” a popular recipe, or you want to drop a 0day on us, we would love to see your work!
Join in on the fun!!!
Hackers for Charity
Must… leave… this… alone. Must… not… hack… Paypal… Must… Oh! Look! A facebook message! gtg
For the record, this is not what we do. =)
This is samuel from liberia,a west africa country, I would like you to teach meabout using googles to hack credit cards numbers with the full informations.i willbe glad is if my request is is replied or direct me to a link to make my dream come true.
Selling the heart of my Atari 2600 collection was really tough. I spent YEARS at flea markets and thrift stores trolling for stuff to round out my collection. When we were first married, my wife and I would go to flea markets and thrift shops at least once a week. On some weekends we would spend hours travelling from one flea market to the next. She loved old, delicate things, and I love old, 8-bit things. My fascination with the Atari started when I was a kid. I remember taping yellow construction paper to my old B&W TV in an attempt to recreate the game Adventure. I had no idea how they “got” those images onto the screen. My memory of my youth faded after I got a car, got a job and got married. But after seeing an Atari cartridge in the thrift store, my mind instantly triggered memories of people (I play Atari with), places (where I played Atari), music (that was on the radio when I played Atari) and even smells (that I smelt or dealt while I was playing Atari). That triggered my fanatical collecting. Eventually, my closets were stuffed with loads of things from that era: ColecoVision, Atari, Intellivision and more. It was way too much, but I had lots of happy hours with those games, although I know I spent way too much time collecting it all. I would have been better off talking to my wife for hours and sipping tea. But one relationship did blossom as a result of my maniacal collecting–I formed a great friendship with Joe Grand thanks to my recognition of the 8-bit beastie on a button he wore.
I started selling stuff off to raise money for my first Uganda trip, and remember being disappointed that it didn’t go for more. I was so disappointed in the payoff that I horded my collection after that. Besides, I reasoned, I want my kids to know about this stuff. My kids (and I) play the Wii and the XBOX360. So now that we’re scaling back in preparation for our year in Africa, the last of my collection is going. I gotta admit, it hurts, but space is limited and after all, it’s just stuff. I’ll be selling my rares and prototypes next week I’m not expecting much for them. But I do hope that one day when I’m old and Alzheimered, some kind soul will bring me a boxed copy Raiders of the Lost Ark so I can remember the kids I played with in the farmhouse and that blasted “Sweet Dreams” song by the Eurythmics. Just don’t bring me a copy of Atari 2600 Pac-Man. That one reminds me of Craig and smell of the week-old Doritoes he had lodged in his braces.