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The zone is closing

There is no official date for the zone bbs closing, but it is now officially announced. Some months ago, it was rumored that the zone was closing on a thread on there. There was nothing official, and I was just curious on what was up.

On February 18, 2018: it was announced and a mass log in was announced for 9 eastern on that day. At the time I logged in, there was a total of 117 total users logged in. People are allowed to exchange contact info, and I’d say that you should do that with people you trust.

While I’ve dropped off the zone for awhile, and haven’t really participated for a number of years, I have enjoyed my time. It was an interesting ride, and I did get first on one of the week’s football pools and I had a lot of fun.
There have been people bashing, and people who are nice. One of the threads indicates a replacement site, but it seems to be on a forum site. While I respect people wanting to have a site that would be similar to the zone, I don’t think a forum site is the right solution.

Now-a-day, sites like face book and twitter have become more accessible, and of course linked in for those who are looking for jobs or connections.

My user number over on the zone is 769, so you can find information on contacting me there., and of course, this blog will continue to run and podcasts released.

To J.J. and the gang, it has been fun. Thanks for creating a very interesting site.

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Talking tech and security podcast 3

We had a great show, and it was fun to do. Please go to our RSS feed to pick up your copy.


Welcome to tech and security, podcast 3. On this program, we are going to talk about several different topics including an update to a blind individual who was involved in swatting, social engineering, and other types of crime. Herbie Allen is also along with a segment dealing with technology and younger youth, and we also have a segment on Meltdown and Spector as Armando joins us. Below, please find some links to articles that might be of interest to you.

We hope you’ll enjoy the show as much as we have putting it together for you. Please Email techsec@986themix.com with thoughts, comments, and suggestions on things to cover for future shows.

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More Russia news in regards to metaling in our election

Hi all,

On an earlier post, we linked to a news article with a link to news in regards to Russia’s involvement in the United States Election. I’d like to take this opportunity to give you a couple of more articles that may be better to read.

I hope that these articles may help to shed the light on the serious problem that we had in the elections. We’ll of course keep you up to date when we learn more, as social media, and other aspects of technology was used.

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Robert Mueller charges 13 and one company for interfeerence

Read Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals for election meddling is the story dealing with the potential issue of the elections and how they were messed with. It does link to another page, and the article here is quite short. I downloaded the video that was found on you tube, and you can get to Special Counsel Mueller’s video by using this link to go there. Thanks so much for listening and participating.

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Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc • The Register

This is the update on the equifax deal that has been going on. I saw a retweet but this comes from Sans via the registor in the UK.

Pwned credit-score biz quietly admits more info lost

Source: Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc • The Register

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Hotbraille now a spanish site dealing with Java

Hi all,

Those of us who have been around awhile on the net remember a site called hotbraille.com. I got a piece of text that wasn’t translated properly, so sent an Email. They just said resubmit it. It was important, so I went elsewhere. It worked with short texts up to 2 pages or so of print.

For the longest time, the site was dormant, and decided to check in to it today. It looks like, and I have it confirmed, that Hot Braille is now a site promoting the teaching of Java in Spanish.

One thing I worry about when we have a good site that closes for some reason or another, is the bad that can come with the particular site. In this case, I think the promotion of Java in an alternate language other than English is all right by me. I don’t think it fits the domain, and I’m wondering why they chose that one for a spanish blog on Java? We’ll never know.

I thought I’d write about this, in hopes people might find it interesting.

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Tech 272

In this podcast, an update on Mr. Weigman from way back in 2008 and podcast 62. Then, we’ve got an NVDA segment and something to think about that. Its on our RSS feed for you to go get.

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Talking technology and security, podcast 2

Technology podcast 2 of the tech and security show is up on its RSS feed. This show has its notations done a little bit differently, and the RSS feed has them. Below, please find these notes.


Welcome to the second broadcast of the technology show here on 986 the mix entitled Talking Tech and Security. I’m Jared Rimer, and I hope you’ll enjoy your listen. We have several links and topics for you to reference. Remember that you can Email us at techsec@986themix.com with your thoughts and comments.

Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy your stay!

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Talking Tech and Security, podcast 1

Hello folks,

98.6 the mix is an Internet Radio station where I run two independent artist shows. There is a new DJ that came to us and asked us to produce a show talking tech and security. This show premiered this last Saturday, the 3rd.

I thought it’d be a cool idea to cross post the show to this podcast, as we can have a pannel of people talking about various things.

Don’t worry, this podcast will continue, in fact, we have a new podcast almost ready to go.

Here is the show discription from the mix’s schedule.


This show will talk about the latest in technology and security including but not limited to accessibility, IOS, Android, and the underground.


I believe this can only supplement the podcast I already run. This show also contains music, and a couple of promos about other shows across the network.

I’m only the board operator, not the music selector, but I hope you’ll enjoy the show anyway.

Here is the RSS feed for the show.

Here is the show notes for our very first show.


Hello folks, welcome to our first ever show talking about tech and security with Laura and Jared. We’ve got several different topics for you today. The first topic is dealing with Net Neutrality. We have an article entitled: the net neutrality repeal and next steps. This article is a little dated, but we do not have any other information about this at this time. We have two dumb criminal awards thanks to Krebs on Security. The first: Drugs Tripped Up Suspects In First Known ATM “Jackpotting” Attacks in the US . In this story, there is an attached video from a well known hacker named Barnaby Jack, who is a well known hacker and has done demonstrations dealing with various things. This was a bonus black hat talk. The first article that came out about this was an article entitled: First ‘Jackpotting’ Attacks Hit U.S. ATMs . This was the first time in United States History that this has ever been recorded where something this big has occurred. In the dumb criminal award and the prior story, we see that someone gets caught, with the ATM and some drugs, bad combo? Finally, File Your Taxes Before Scammers Do It For You talks about how we has citizens need to file our taxes before the bad guys do, or suffer the consequences of not being able to file. We also will have a segment dealing with early technology and how it began for us in the assistive technology standpoint of things. During a segment of talking tech, Laura was asking about floppies. Here’s a link to the history of the floppy disk via Wikipedia. Contact information is given throughout the show. Thanks for listening!


Enjoy the show and feel free to contact us! Thanks for reading.

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tech 271 has been up

Hi all, tech 271 is up. It has been up for a couple of days now. RSS is here.

Show notes:

NVDA remote and a demo of the Healow app for IOS to communicate, book appointments, and check on your records from your doctors office.

Thats all for the cast, so enjoy!

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First ‘Jackpotting’ Attacks Hit U.S. ATMs

I read this one entitled First ‘Jackpotting’ Attacks Hit U.S. ATMs and I thought this was very clever. I’ve never heard of this being done until I saw this. The next article here talks about an arrest from this, so we’re starting to see that crime does not pay just like the shadow says.

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Drugs Tripped Up Suspects In First Known ATM “Jackpotting” Attacks in the US

In the great news department, we get two things in one. Drugs Tripped Up Suspects In First Known ATM “Jackpotting” Attacks in the US is the name of the article by Brian Krebs. In it, Brian talks about an arrest after someone had ATM’s delivered to his home, as well as when he got picked up, he had drugs too. Nice combination. Brian goes in to detail about this one. Nice going, here’s your sign. Hope you have a good time telling everyone what you did.

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Have you started the process of filing taxes? Do it soon for 2018

Just saw this article from Krebs entitled File Your Taxes Before Scammers Do It For You which was dated today. Have you started to do your taxes and get them ready for filing? If not, do look to see if you’re ready to do so. The criminals are waiting or not waiting for you. Thanks for reading.

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tech podcast 270 is now up

RSS feed is here for you to get the podcast.


On this edition of the podcast, we’ve got a mac demo, a bonehead award of the day, and an interesting video on how cybercrime hides in the underbelly of the internet. Hope you enjoy!

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IOS releases 11.2.5 rom apple

I heard about IOS 11.2.5, which is an interesting update number for apple. Anyhow, I found the applevis posting on it and gave it a read. This is definitely something to be aware of when we upgrade, as there looks to be some regressions.

Remember that each device is going to be completely different in the way it handles the updates, and users here may not experience whats reported in the post.

Hope you enjoy the read, and let me know what you find to be a problem.

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Canadian Police Charge Operator of Hacked Password Service Leakedsource.com

I also came across some good news, something we need to pass along in this crazy world. I don’t remember news this good coming at the beginning of the year. In the wake of all of the news on the two major tech issues effecting different computer chips, we come across the great news in Canada. Canadian Police Charge Operator of Hacked Password Service Leakedsource.com which got a comment on a quoted tweet saying “oh boy.”

At the time of posting, this web site, hosted through cloudflare networks, indicate that the DNS can’t be resolved in an error message I’ve never seen: error 1016.

Since the operator has been arrested, we know that this can’t be good as this site, according to the article, had the ability of telling you whether your email address was part of a potential breach. Helpful, definitely, but to get the password associated with any breach, you needed to pay.

This is how someone can get caught, no? The guy involved was using PayPal for his payment gateway, and they have to follow the laws in each country in which they operate to turn over info if requested for investigation.

If I see any other news on this one, I’ll be sure to pass it along.

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Serial SWATter Tyler “SWAuTistic” Barriss Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

This was posted on the 15th from Krebs oon Security, and I saw it on the 17th. The article is entitled Serial SWATter Tyler “SWAuTistic” Barriss Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter. I just had a hunch that his comments in Serial Swatter “SWAuTistic” Bragged He Hit 100 Schools, 10 Homes which was posted on Krebs on the 2nd of January would come and bite him. He said that bombing would be better than the full swat. The book has been thrown at this guy with invluntary manslaughter.

“Involuntary manslaughter usually refers to an unintentional killing that results from recklessness or criminal negligence, or from an unlawful act that
is a misdemeanor or low-level felony (such as a DUI).”

findlaw.com

I blieve but don’t remember correctly at the moment, but the article mentions an 11 year sentence if convicted. Wonder if this guy had any idea he was going to get caught? Technology companies that provide services to spoof your number are compeled to comply with an order for information, especially when someone gets hurt, or in this case, accidentally killed.

This guy will join the ranks of the people who think they can’t get caught. They think they won’t get caught.

I hope you’ve got some time to think about this one, and may you learn a lesson about human life and what it means to be one.

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Tech 269

On the heels of 268, I have enought for 269 and when we have it ready, its ready. Lots of interesting things too.

RSS here

UEB, better late than never. Can Augmented reality and tech help with surgeries? Fake handbags are nothing new, but can this type of fake item really funnel crime rings? An interesting ted talk by someone who investigates such things. Also, comments on an article about Alexa being a blindness specific tool. It can help, but it should not be just a blindness tool. Contact info at the end.

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UK Conviction Arises out of Trend Micro and NCA Partnership

I read this morning an article entitled UK Conviction Arises out of Trend Micro and NCA Partnership and I always love stories like this. It proves that crime does not pay, even if it crosses borders which the Internet does. Krebs also writes articles detailing arrests as well, but I’ll cover that separately after its read. Thanks for checking out the blog, and for participating in the podcast if you chose to download it and write comments.

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Tech podcast 268 is now up

Tech podcast 268 is now up. As promised, all of last year’s program is removed except for the December podcasts, and I hope to get more podcasts out this year. Find below the podcast show notes. Go to our RSS feed for the show notes and download or stay here to read the show notes.


Welcome to podcast number 268 for January 15, 2018. On this edition of the program, I talk about a cautionary tale of giving out personal information which I heard on a telephone line where someone gave out the address in which they live. Question: what might happen if you do this? I’ll leave it right there. Next, the Kansas swatting incident. Krebs posted two articles which I posted to the blog, and I’ll repost them here. Kansas Man Killed In ‘SWATting’ Attack is the first article and Serial Swatter “SWAuTistic” Bragged He Hit 100 Schools, 10 Homes is the second. Can this get any worse? Next, I talk about my thoughts on what we might see in the new year and beyond in the security landscape. Finally, we listen to a video in regards to spector and meltdown. Please feel free to contact me at any time, and contact info is at the end of the program.

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