H4CK3D: Why my web site? What now?

Your web site will be hacked. It is inevitable. It’s not a technology problem, it’s a people problem. Wetware is the weakest link and it is us.

H4CK3D: Why my web site? What now?

Motivations and mitigations when your site gets owned, because there is no true prevention. And if the OPM, Chase, Target, Ashley Madison and many more have fallen, then you will too. It is no longer sufficient to consider perimeter defenses. Your only consideration is to understand why you were attacked and how to limit, but not prevent, damages.

Questions to consider for SXSW Panel, or no panel, as regardless this is a topic worth of discussion.

Q1
Why did someone bother to hack my site in particular?

Q2
Is this a vendetta?

Q3
How can I prevent this in the future? (hint: you can’t, but let’s talk)

the plural sector; rebalance

Each of us personally, and all of us together, require attention to three basic needs: protection, provided primarily by our governments; consumption, provided primarily by our businesses; and affiliation, found especially in our communities.

With regard to the last of these, between our individualized and collective natures, we are social beings who crave human relationships: we need to belong and identify, especially in a world of so much isolated individualism. Accordingly, a healthy society combines respected governments in the public sector, responsible businesses in the private sector, and robust communities in the plural sector. Weaken any one of these and a society falls out of balance.

and

If the private sector is about individual ownership and the public sector is about collective citizenship, then the plural sector is about shared communityship.16

CIVIL SOCIETY – Time for the Plural Sector, Henry Mintzberg

django errors using boot2docker tutorial

If you are doing the docker-compose / boot2docker tutorial on the docker site at:

https://docs.docker.com/compose/django/

There are a few typos and items that will stop you, at least on a Mac although I suspect they are an issue on a PC as well. These are my notes, out of context but hopefully they will help someone else having problems with errors and configuration of Django Dockers for their dev environment.

boot2docker up
docker-compose up
# the following line runs it in the background
docker-compose up -d
To connect the Docker client to the Docker daemon, please set:
 export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://192.168.59.103:2376
# this tells you your environment variables
docker-machine env
http://192.168.59.103:5000/
# The following is incorrect in the docs
docker-compose run web python composeexample/manage.py syncdb

Rough notes, but hopefully enough to help you google for more if you are hitting the same wall I did with boot2docker and docker-compose for Django.

Update: also helpfule https://github.com/ambitioninc/container-transform

block wordpress page comment spammers

Over the last week the linkback spammers of the universe have started targeting pages on this blog as well as a few friends blogs. So, here is how to stop comment spam on wordpress blog pages.

The issue – many themes don’t have an option to turn off comments on the edit page for “pages” in wordpress. But, using “quick edit” you can turn off comments for a given page. Thus to disable comments on pages you need to:

  1. Log into the admin interface
  2. Select “Pages” from the left hand menu
  3. Hover over the pages shown and select “Quick Edit”
  4. Clear the checkbox on the right hand side the says “Allow Comments” for each page on your site.
  5. Click “Update” to save your changes.

I suppose this is a bigger issue for people using WordPress “Pages” as their CMS rather than as a traditional blog. As for this blog, it required editing just a few pages to turn comments off. Hassle gone.

#goodLuck! #fightTheCommentSpammers

Source: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/disable-comments-on-pages-1

things changed between triple crowns

The digital divide is not only between the digital natives and the elders, between the digitally enhanced and the not, between the glassholes and the blind, but also over time. There is a time we cannot imagine anymore and those from the past could not imagine accurately the future. Hence our (my?) love of Steampunk, historical visions of the future (past).

american-pharoah-vs-secretariat-crowds

The big divide occurred when a third “item to be carried at all times” was introduced, an idea that I cannot properly attribute as it has sunk into our consciousness so deeply the origin is now a mystery.  The third item? The first two “items to be carried at all times” being (1) something of value (cash) and (2) a method of accessing something of value (key, credit card, secret code). Every human has had these two on their person at all times without fail since the great leap forward, to quote Guns, Germs and Steel.

Within 25 years it has changed entirely. Now we all have a third item. (3) Our communicator from Star Trek. We all carry a mobile device.

More importantly, these devices don’t just facilitate communication; they change how we interact at a systemic experiential level. We didn’t just watch American Pharoah (sic) win the Triple Crown, we recorded every second of American Pharoah trotting around Belmont Park. Because…

“If you don’t have a pic, it didn’t happen.” – anonymous

Further irony? Here in meta-meta-meta-land, I took a picture of the HD TV of people taking video and pictures as American Pharoah’s victorious Triple Crown bid was broadcast into my living room. Then combined it with an image from google image search on my mobile device while waiting at a restaurant. To capture the right image I used a Tivo (now a generic word like Kleenex) to rewind and jump forward prior to the start of the race for half of this cell-phone-crowd-picture I first posted on Instagram.

Here is to history and a wonderful victory for American Pharoah winning the triple crown after a 17 year drought. And here is to the amazing human which adapts and evolves in front of our eyes in real time. We don’t have hover-boards, but the revolution is here and indeed it will be televised; on periscope.tv.

Now get out there and record something and post it to prove it happened and let your devices consume you. Because that is the future. It’s your destiny kid.

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