Mattia Campagnano

Mattia Campagnano

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kali Linux -Hacking Holy Grail? Not really!

Quora users have always flooded me with answer requests related to questions on Kali Linux. 

Recently, though, such requests have become unprecedentedly clueless, annoying (that one below is one of the brightest examples. I chose it randomly, so I mean no offense to its author) and insistent.

Looks like more and more people (mostly kiddos) got fascinated by a bunch of idiotic TV shows displaying alleged hacking stuff and started thinking: "heck, this is cool! I wanna be a hacker and stack a big loot, too!"

They got no clue what the real hacker culture is, what real hackers are and how frustrating, nerve-racking, time-consuming, swear-driven, slow and boring real hacking is.

There's a bunch of lazy people around doing dumb stuff, sure. If you use a weak password, that's no biggie to one like myself, though I don't know if I'm a hacker.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Installing Guest Additions in a Kali Linux virtual machine

Problem 

I needed to access a file located in my physical system from inside a Kali Linux VM, so I tried to enable Shared Folders.

However, I found out, much to my dismay, it wasn't possible.



OS X - Schedule tasks with the “at" command

Like my UNIX/Linux professor used to say, we should have our computer work for you, so I decided to find new ways to automate tedious tasks by using my Mac.

Sounds cool, right?

Problem 

Sadly, the default solution provided by OS X for creating scheduled tasks (LaunchD) isn't very user-friendly (here for more details).

There are third-party tools around, mostly paid, providing an easier GUI approach to this functionality (e.g. LaunchD Task Scheduler).

However, a task can be also created by leveraging OS X system resources.


Solution

Monday, October 3, 2016

Security breaches keep happening and they will continue on. That's why

Over the last years, security breaches have become the new normal.

Yahoo! officially admitted a massive security breach, occurred over the previous years, only some days ago.

Rumors about that had been around for a while, but I got an official email from Yahoo! about this only on 9/27 (I had already changed my password at least 4 times in the meantime.)

People all over the world got shocked by this and no one, including presidential candidates, seems to have any clue on what should be really done.

NOT ME.

I'm not surprised at all.

On the contrary, I expect such incidents to exponentially grow over the next months, or years.

Why? Why is this keeping happening and will keep happening?

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