Point n’ Click Gmail hacking With Wi-Fi (via) TG Daily and Blackhat

3 08 2007

For everyone out there that keeps commenting on “How To Hack Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc etc”  (MOM), here’s a great article on hacking into a gmail account WITHOUT using fake login screens or any of that pesky hard work.  TG Daily has this great article, “Point and click Gmail hacking at Black Hat” that gives you a peek into the latest and greatest way to get into someone else’s email account.

Here’s an excerpt:

[...] The attack is actually quite simple. First Graham needs to be able to sniff data packets and in our case the open Wi-Fi network at the convention fulfilled that requirement. He then ran Ferret to copy all the cookies flying through the air. Finally, Graham cloned those cookies into his browser – in easy point-and-click fashion – with a home-grown tool called Hamster.

[...] But if that wasn’t scary enough, Graham told us that he can even log in the next day or possibly several days later into the Gmail account.  “I can just copy the data to a file and replay it later.  I’ve been able to log into Gmail accounts one day later,” said Graham.

Since the attack relies on sniffing traffic, using SSL or some type of encryption (like a VPN tunnel) would stop Graham in his tracks.  However, many people browsing at public wireless hotspots don’t use such protections.

“You’re an idiot if you use T-Mobile hotspot,” said Graham.

I personally love the last comment there from Graham… just sayin.

In my mind I see this type of hack working on any web based email client that uses cookies to auto-login.  Also, you can probably just use FireFox’s “Add-n-Edit” cookies, instead of Grahams app called Hamster.  As for Wi-Fi sniffing, if you don’t know how to do this or what apps to do it with, just use Google to search it out, or visit Remote Exploit and grab a copy of BackTrack2.

One last note, read the friggin article. CLICK THE SOURCE – PLZ kthx.

There, let’s hug it out bitches!!!





On: Tech Republic’s “10 Things You Can Do When Windows XP Won’t Boot”

1 08 2007

Tech Republic has a great little article, even if its a bit old, for those of us that need a little help when it comes to WinXP. The article, entitled “10 things you can do when Windows XP won’t boot” written by Greg Shultz, is just what it claims to be.  My article here will dive a little deeper into the instructions posted in Shultz’s article, including some insights of my own and some extra tools that might help.

To be perfectly honest, I have learned all I know about “Windows troubleshooting” from trial and error while poking around WinXP for shits n giggles.  This means that I made alot of self imposed of cock ups, wasted months of time, experienced hair pulling frustration, and had too many complete drive reformats and re-installations to number.  Hence the interest in this article for anyone out there, who doesn’t have the time or patience to dick around with Windows for hours on end.

Here’s a peek at Greg Shultz’s list of ten. (My Comments are in parenthases)

Source – Tech Republic

  1. Use a Windows startup disk (The article was written in ’06.  So replace “floppy disc” with USB stick, or any removable media that you don’t mind wiping clean to use as a boot device and “startup disk”, including a CD-R if you want to waste one.)
  2. Use Last Known Good Configuration (Ok, I dunno about you, but I have never seen regular old OEM PC, WinXP boot screen with this text on it, “Please select the operating system to start“.  Most OEM systems (PC’s like Dell, HP, anything that you didn’t build yourself) will start with a screen that shows their logo while the BIOS is telling your system what to do.  Usually in this screen, before you see the Windows Logo/boot screen, you get a logo in the center and some F# options, like F8, that you can use before the system executes the boot sequence set in the BIOS.  Note: Some OEM systems do have different selections for different buttons, but they will tell you what they do on the screen.  You will see them, the options, either in the upper right hand corner of the screen or at the bottom, usually in gray letters)
  3. Use System Restore (Note: Sometimes Ctrl-Alt-Del won’t work to restart your system, you may have to do a “hard restart” by holding down the “power button” either on your tower or wherever it is on your laptop, and hold it until the system powers down.  There may even be times when a hard restart won’t work, which means you are pretty screwed, the absolute last resort is to pull the power plug.  However, most modern PC’s will succumb to the hard restart.)
  4. Use Recovery Console (This is really just a start point for many of the following “Things You Can Do“, as there is no explanation of what to do after you get the recovery console started.)
  5. Fix A Corrupt Boot.ini (Note: Won’t work if you F’d up a GRUB bootloader by wipeing a partition without fixing the GRUB partition map first, a personal experience of mine.)
  6. Fix A Corrupt Partition Boot Sector  (The functionality of this one may depend on just how many partitions you have.  Windows doesn’t allow for more than 9 (I think), and if you have more than two OS’s… lets just say I had a problem with this one. GRUB problem can also screw this one up.)
  7. Fix A Corrupt Master Boot Record (Same problems as 5 and 6)
  8. Restore From Backup (In my opinion, this is your best option.  Of course, not all people regularly backup their systems with Norton Ghost or whatever back up software anyone likes.  However, even if you haven’t been backing up your windows partition, you can still retrieve information, or even copy whole partitions, with a live CD like UBCD, Hiren’s Boot CD, or even a linux distro like BackTrack2)
  9. Disable Automatic Restart (Damn good idea.)
  10. Perform An In-Place Upgrade (Also known as a repair install.  You might get full functionality back with this and you may not, but at least you will have access to your data.  Oh, and depending on how up to date your Windows XP install disc is, you might wind up having to re-update to SP2 as well as other updates that were applied that are not on your disc.  Note: The GRUB problem described before will also screw this up.)

*I mentioned a couple tools up there in my comments, I’ll supply links after the jump.

From what I can tell there doesn’t seem to be any order of which things you should try first when your XP won’t boot.  In my opinion your easiest point and click options, in the order of what you should probably try first, are numbers 2, 3 and 10.  Number 9 is really just a good thing to do.  Now if you are a bit more adventurous, or knowledgeable, you can try the other options.  Number one is really just to get access to your windows partition.  However, if the start disk works, you will know that the files you copied from another  system (boot.ini, NTLDR and ntdetect.com) are involved with the problem on your system AND that your MBR (master boot record) is probably ok.  So then you’ll wanna try fixing your boot.ini file, number 5 in the list, which requires that you know how to do number 4.  However, if your start disc from number one doesn’t work, then you will have to delve into numbers 6, 7 and 8.  Number 8, backup restore, is really a great way to go, if you have your system backed up, including your boot sector.  This is all hindsight, but its a good idea to keep a system backup handy on some sort of removable media.  One thing to think of when you first install Windows, or right after you get your new PC or laptop, is to partition your hard drive so that the core system files reside on the default partition “C” with the minimum possible size allowed for a WinXP.  This will make it alot easier to back up your core system, because that “C” partition will be ALOT smaller than say your whole hard drive, and only contain files that your system needs to run.  You can use the other partition/s as storage for documents, videos, whatever you want.  If you don’t have partition magic, you can use Parted Magic or Gparted on a live cd.  Lastly, if you don’t remember your Administrator password, which is fairly common, you can use Offline NT PW & Reg-Edit Bootdisk to reset the admin password to blank.

That’s all I have to say about that one.  Remember, for links and info on the tools I mentioned in this article follow the jump.  Happy troubleshooting!!

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Mashable Strikes Again: 400+ Tools for Photographers, Videobloggers, Podcasters & Musicians

23 07 2007

Yet again, Mashable has compiled one of, if not the best list of tools for any type of online media.   Some of the links may be repeats from their previous list “Video Toolbox: 150+ Online Video Tools and Resources“.  However, with a title like this:

ONLINE MEDIA GOD: 400+ Tools for Photographers, Videobloggers, Podcasters & Musicians

One expects to find pretty much any link related to online media tools.

Check the intro:

Online media is exploding…and with it, a new class of creative people producing their own music, podcasts, professional-level photography and video shows. We’ve compiled the largest list so far of useful tools for self-made photographers, videobloggers, podcasters and musicians.

Keep em comin Mashable!!





Mashable’s Video Toolbox: 150+ Online Video Tools and Resources

27 06 2007

Mashables does it again and comes up with this kick ass list. “Video Toolbox: 150+ Online Video Tools and Resources

Check the intro:

Online video is a huge trend – so huge that’s it’s proving hard to keep track. From video sharing sites to video mixers, mashups and converters, we’ve brought together more than 150 of our favorite sites in this category. Enjoy.

Follow the link to read the list silly: Video Toolbox





Best List Of Cures For Procrastination Ever

23 06 2007

11 Causes and Cures for Procrastination [via] johnplaceonline.com, is the best little list that I have ever seen on the net.  Its short, simple and to the point.  John lists one cause and one simple cure for each of 11 bullet points, plus there’s more in the rest of the post and comments!!  Of course the cures aren’t easy to do, but at least there isn’t some long winded explanation of how to go about a solution.  I love it!!

You can follow the jump to see the list or just click the link to see the whole post.  There’s more to this article than just the list you know.

Best of luck.
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