Yeah, I will have to disappear. Most probably for good this time. Who knows? Maybe I’ll appear in 2 weeks on this same account again. No matter how much I write, I can’t describe to you the mental stress and panic I’m going through right now. But I won’t complain about that, because people will say I brought this on myself, I did those “hacks”, I deserve the consequences. But I’m a human too, don’t just throw away all my emotions because of my “hacker” personality. I don’t deserve to be thrown under a bus for wanting to help people, but I guess that will put a smile on some people’s faces.
But I will say this. There are still so many devices exposed to the public internet. Routers with default passwords, telnet servers with bruteforcable passwords, open UPnP servers (GOD DAMN UPNP WILL BE THE DEATH OF US ALL), open SMB printers, freaking LGTV/Samsung/Sony TVs, so forth and so forth. I had a huge list of next targets, some even with ready PoCs and code. I guess that’s all dead now.
Please secure your devices. My intentions behind this were to stop this from becoming a global outbreak, and I know many of you will not believe that such a pure intention exists, but picture your family being hacked. Would you enjoy it? Would you feel rested knowing there was something you could have done to prevent their Chromecast playing NSFW material or their printer printing infinite black pages till the toner ran out? No, I don’t think so. So I did what I believed in, what I felt like was my responsibility, and ran harmless “hacks” that would hopefully alert the world to fix their devices. If I’m really about to be hit with trials for what I did, then at least I know I helped the world be a little safer, and what I did will hopefully raise awareness in a lot of people’s eyes.
I cannot express the joy I felt after seeing the number of open UPnP devices go down on Shodan. Or when people were genuinely DMing me thanking me for helping them secure their office building of over 50 printers. It felt like the power I had was being put to good use, and I was helping the world become a better place with the skills I had. Why not have some fun while I’m at it? The whole TSeries vs PewDiePie has been hilarious so far and pretty cool if I’m honest. Seeing a community come together like that, it’s pretty cool.
Pewds, I’m sorry for the media attention this has brought your way. I genuinely love and enjoy your content, been watching for a seriously long time now. Back when barrels and Fridays with PewDiePie were still a thing. I love your attitude with media, your fans, and your genuine sense of humor. If people can’t understand sarcasm and humor, that’s on them, not you. (inb4 I get called a Nazi as well), oh and tell Poppy Harlow I said Hi.
Also Pyrocynical you idiot I tagged you a million times to notice me but you didn’t you unfunny brit (jk I binge watch your content with friends ily).
What am I going to do now? I don’t know. I’m scared. I’m genuinely afraid and panicked. I can’t even look at a terminal or code editor right now, it’s almost like PTSD. Not just because of the law enforcement issue, but those DMs spooked me. I don’t know why they’re getting to me, but they are. I don’t know if I will even be able to sleep tonight. I’ll try to stay strong friends, I really will. The internet never forgets, but people do. I’ll be an old story in about a month from now. Up to you to unfollow or not. Under no circumstances should anyone be exposed to this kind of harassment or abuse. Even if you disagree with me and what I did. I’m still a human, I have feelings and emotions too. I’m not heartless.
To all my patrons and those who wanted to learn cybersec, the only thing I can leave you with is this: https://ghostbin.com/paste/vb4o6
Please use it responsibly. I’m begging you, be safe.
Also since I won’t be logging in anymore, can you guys recommend some nice happy romance animes (again I know) on #AnimeForHackerGiraffe? Don’t spam the replies in the tweet, please.
I wish you all the best, and to anyone I offended with the PrinterHack/PrinterHack2 and CastHack, I sincerely apologize. I was only trying to help you. It was never my intention to make you feel attacked or vulnerable or even forced to subscribe to PewDiePie.
Thank you for the laughs, for the support, for the ideas, for the good times, and for the memes. Love you all. I’ll be watching, keep up those #HackerGiraffe memes. Keep fighting the good fight, and subscribe to PewDiePie. Peace.
Shoutout to all my hacking/infosec heroes: @HackerFantastic @HackingDave @MalwareTechBlog @thegrugq @x0rz @PythonResponder @Snowden
Shoutout to the coolest hacker friends: @j3ws3r @friendlyh4xx0r
Complete stats for #CastHack: https://imagebin.ca/v/4SGxlZgtwz6O
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- Bruce Sterling’s State of the World — this year’s guest, James Bridle. It’s quite clear that many things being currently constructed, from large-scale capitalist enterprises to social media timelines to microinteractions on smartphone apps, are specifically designed as attacks on our ability to think clearly and act autonomously: “the race to the bottom of the brain stem,” as Tristan Harris puts it. What you’re feeling is not some weird emergent effect of too much screen time: it’s deliberate. (via BoingBoing)
- Flair — very simple framework for state-of-the-art NLP. Multilingual, built on PyTorch.
- Towards a Human Artificial Intelligence for Human Development — Sandy Pentland was a co-author, so it caught my eye. This paper discusses the possibility of applying the key principles and tools of current artificial intelligence (AI) to design future human systems in ways that could make them more efficient, fair, responsive, and inclusive.
- TS100 — new open source firmware for your soldering iron. You had me at “soldering iron with flashable firmware”…
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The British Ministry of Defense has confirmed that the “military capability” it had deployed to prevent illegal drone flights at Gatwick airport has been withdrawn. “The Armed Forces stand ever-ready to assist should a request for support be received,” the MoD added in a statement.
Gatwick was brought to a virtual standstill between the 19th and 21st of December when several drones were spotted above the airfield. Roughly 1,000 flights were suspended and tens of thousands of passengers were affected while police searched for the drones’ pilots. The U.K.’s aviation minister said that the culprits could face up to five years behind bars if caught and convicted.
A Gatwick spokesperson insisted the airport would be just as well protected against drones now that the military had left: “We have invested several million pounds to ensure that we are equipped to the level of security that was provided by the armed forces. We can’t go into any more detail about what that equipment is, but a range of measures are in place”.
But according to the Associated Press, an Israeli technology company has said its anti-drone system has drawn major interest in the weeks since the incident at Gatwick. Skylock, the company that manufactures the technology, is one of many now specializing in detecting and downing intruder drones by “jamming” them, or disrupting their frequencies.
Product manager Asaf Lebovitz said the company, which emerged to target militant drone use in Syria, has shifted focus to commercial applications and has been approached by airports in North America and Europe. Noam Milstein, drone operations chief for Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority, said such systems are “obviously becoming crucial to prevent drone incursions from those who don’t care about the regulations in place.”
Chief Constable Giles York of Sussex Police said last week that police had received 115 reports of sightings in the area, including 93 that had been confirmed as coming from “credible people” including a pilot and airport staff.
But the culprits remain at large. Two people – Paul Gait and Elaine Kirk – were arrested on Dec. 23, but later released without charge. The couple told Sky News they felt “completely violated” by the subsequent intrusion into their lives.
The following day, a senior Sussex police officer added to the state of confusion when he suggested that there might not have ever been any drones over Gatwick at all – though his comments were later dismissed as a “miscommunication”.
With no reliable information forthcoming, disgruntled passengers took to Twitter to vent their dismay.
Others – namely, those who were in no way affected by the travel chaos – saw the funnier side of things.
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New laws that will see more drones requiring registration are coming into effect in Ireland this year.
Owners of drones here that weigh more than 250 grams will have to register the device.
Previously it was only drones over 1kg that had to be registered.
According to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), there are more than 11,000 drones registered in Ireland – up from more than 8,500 in December 2017.
For the first time ever, Europe-wide rules for the registration and certification of drones have been agreed.
It comes after thousands of flights were disrupted due to drone activity at London’s Gatwick Airport before Christmas.
Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune said people who own and operate drones have a responsibility to ensure they are used in a careful manner.
“Many people will have gotten drones as Christmas presents this year and will be perhaps looking to purchase them in the January sales.
“With an exponential year-on-year growth of drone-related incidents, it is quite clear that drones will be a major safety challenge in the years to come.
“Drones are a sector of aviation that is fast developing and offers great potential to produce new jobs and growth.
“The increased use of drones does however brings up a range of legal and commercial issues, including public safety.”
Drones are considered to be unmanned aircraft which are remotely piloted or controlled.
Drone registration is mandatory in Ireland.
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