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Hacker Public Radio is an podcast that releases shows every weekday Monday through Friday. Our shows are produced by the community (you) and can be on any topic that are of interest to hackers and hobbyists.

    HPR4000: New Orleans

    HPR4000: New Orleans

    We get to visit New Orleans, and a bit of Louisiana, in this episode.
    Of course, we only scratched the surface, but that is true of most
    travel when you think about it. We did see a few interesting things
    along the way, and started to realize that this trip is not just about
    NASA sites, but also a lot of military history, which is also an
    interest of mine.


    HPR3999: Holiday Challenges Series Ep 02 TryHackMe Advent of Cyber Challenge

    HPR3999: Holiday Challenges Series Ep 02 TryHackMe Advent of Cyber Challenge

    Challenges Series - Ep 2 - TryHackMe Advent of Cyber Challenge
    Since some of the information you are about to hear is time specific,
    I want to let you know that I am recording this near the end of November
    in 2023.
    If you missed the first episode, which introduces this series, you
    can go back and listen to HPR3996
    I have been using TryHackMe for several years, and I recommend it to
    all of my students. It is a great environment where people can get hands
    on experience with technology that relates to cyber security, all from
    the comfort of their browser and free year-round.
    The TryHackMe Advent of Cyber challenge is a free gamified
    environment which focuses on penetration testing, security
    operations/engineering, forensics/incident response, malware analysis,
    machine learning, and more!
    This year's challenge opens on December 1, 2023 (Which is the reason
    why I am posting twice this week). Typically, the Advent of Cyber
    challenge includes daily beginner-friendly exercises for people new to
    cybersecurity. These can consist of walkthroughs, video tutorials, and
    challenges. There are also prizes available based on random drawings and
    on participant success.
    Infosec personalities like John Hammond, Gerald Auger, InsiderPHD,
    and InfoSec Pat are featured in this year's challenge.
    You can play with last year's Advent of Cyber challenge by visiting
    https://tryhackme.com/room/adventofcyber4. It outlines
    the overall story and shows all of the tasks last year's participants
    experienced, including both offensive and defensive topics like: log
    analysis, OSINT, scanning, brute force attacks, email analysis,
    CyberChef, blockchain smart contracts, malware analysis, memory
    forensics, packet analysis, web application hacking, and more!
    Everything can be done with a free account from within a browser.
    If you want to learn more about cybersecurity, transition your career
    into infosec, or just have fun playing with cyber challenges, you can
    give it a try by visiting tryhackme.com or https://tryhackme.com/r/christmas
    Please note: I am not affiliated with TryHackMe in any way, other
    than having been a paying member for many years. Students and others who
    have participated in previous year's Advent of Cyber challenges have
    told me how much they enjoyed it and learned from it. Even though I have
    been an infosec practitioner for more years than I would like to admit,
    I also have enjoyed taking part in this challenge.
    If this is not for you, I will be sharing another option for a
    holiday challenge in my next episode.

    HPR3998: Using open source OCR to digitize my mom's book

    HPR3998: Using open source OCR to digitize my mom's book

    To improve the speed of my workflow, I wrote a bash script that uses
    the open source programs programs gphoto2,
    tesseract, grep and ImageMagick
    to digitize my mom's 338 page book. Here is the link to the script:

    HPR3997: The Oh No! News.

    HPR3997: The Oh No! News.

    The Oh No! news.
    Oh No! News is Good

    TAGS: Oh No, News, Threat analysis, InfoSec, Google
    Dynamic Search Ads

    Threat analysis;
    your attack surface.

    Source: Former
    NHS secretary found guilty of illegally accessing medical

    A former NHS employee has been found guilty and fined for illegally
    accessing the medical records of over 150 people.

    Loretta Alborghetti, from Redditch, worked as a medical secretary
    within the Ophthalmology department at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals
    NHS Trust when she illegally accessed the records.

    Supporting Source: Open
    Street Map link to Redditch Worcestershire.

    Source: NetSupport
    RAT Infections on the Rise. Targeting Government and Business

    While NetSupport Manager started off as a legitimate remote
    administration tool for technical assistance and support, malicious
    actors have misappropriated the tool to their own advantage, using it as
    a beachhead for subsequent attacks.

    Source: Beware:
    Malicious Google Ads Trick WinSCP Users into Installing

    The threat actors are believed to leverage Google's Dynamic Search
    Ads (DSAs), which automatically generates ads based on a site's content
    to serve the malicious ads that take the victims to the infected

    Source: Trojanized
    PyCharm Software Version Delivered via Google Search Ads.

    Victims who clicked on the ad were taken to a hacked web page with a
    link to download the application, which turned out to install over a
    dozen different pieces of malware instead.

    InfoSec; the language
    of security.

    Source: Why
    Defenders Should Embrace a Hacker Mindset

    Additional Information.

    What is a "Data
    Breach"? A data breach is a security violation, in which sensitive,
    protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen,
    altered or used by an individual unauthorized to do so.

    What is "Malware"?
    Malware (a portmanteau for
    malicious software) is any software intentionally designed to cause
    disruption to a computer, server, client, or computer network, leak
    private information, gain unauthorized access to information or systems,
    deprive access to information, or which unknowingly interferes with the
    user's computer security and privacy.

    What is a "Payload"?
    In the context of a computer virus or worm, the payload is the portion
    of the ma

    HPR3996: Holiday Challenges Series - Ep 1 - Advent of Code

    HPR3996: Holiday Challenges Series - Ep 1 - Advent of Code

    Challenges Series - Ep 1 - Advent of Code
    Since some of the information you are about to hear is time specific,
    I want to let you know that I am recording this near the end of November
    in 2023.
    Whichever holidays you celebrate this time of year, life generally
    gets busy and stressful.
    It could be shopping
    or cooking
    or cleaning
    or school activities
    or buying, assembling, wrapping, and delivering gifts
    or planning time with family
    or dealing with visiting family
    or scheduling time off from work
    or managing extra work while others have scheduled time off
    or a whole plethora of other things.
    This time of year can be stressful.
    A few years ago, I discovered a fun activity, which challenged my
    mind and helped me focus and detach from the stress for a little while
    each day, through the month of December. It helped me manage the stress
    in an enjoyable way.
    Since then, I have found and tried several other similar activities,
    so I wanted to share a little about them with you for the next few
    episodes so you can see what might work for you.
    The first I would like to share is called the Advent of Code
    Challenge (https://adventofcode.com/). In HPR episodes 2973 (https://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr2973/index.html)
    and 3744 (https://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr3744/index.html),
    Daniel Perrson shared some great details about this challenge. I
    encourage you to go review his episodes.
    But the TLDR (Or maybe the TLDL -- Too Long Didn't Listen?) for
    Advent of Code is that it is a 25 day challenge which begins on December
    1. Once you register at adventofcode.com, Each day, you will be
    presented with a problem to solve and some sample data to use for
    verification that your program works. You can choose to use any
    programming language or application you desire produce the answer. Last
    year, I used this to brush up on my Python skills. Others use Visual
    Basic, C (and all its variants), Rust, Go, etc. I have seen people use
    Cobol, Fortran, and Pascal, or even Microsoft Excel. It is really up to
    you. You are then presented a dataset which is unique to your login, and
    against which you run your code. When complete, you submit the answer
    came up with on the adventofcode.com web site and they will tell you if
    you are correct or not.
    If you are competitive (And REALLY GOOD) there is a Global
    Leaderboard. If you want to compete with a group of friends, you can
    build your own leaderboard and invite others to take part with you.
    There are tons of resources online, from youtube channels to reddit
    (https://www.reddit.com/r/adventofcode/), to Discord (https://discord.gg/tXJh262)
    So, if you are looking for a way to challenge your mind and detach
    from holiday stress, Advent of Code may be something you might try.
    If this is not your cup of tea, I will be sharing several other
    options for holiday challenges in future episodes.

    HPR3995: Creating Your Own Internet Radio Streaming Device

    HPR3995: Creating Your Own Internet Radio Streaming Device

    aNONradio: https://anonradio.net
    TildeRadio: https://tilderadio.org
    Volumio: https://volumio.com/
    moOde Audio: https://moodeaudio.org/

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Reece O'Bryan ,

Love this idea

Keep it up

Andrew Erickson ,

This is real Open Source

With a different host every day, you get people's once every few month bit of tech awesomeness every day, not oh no we have to do a show, let's throw something together. Great job on this show community. Way to go open source podcasting.

JDanielPeel ,

Mixed bag, at best

Some of it is moderately interesting from time to time. But after just listening to a guy (probably drunkenly,) ramble about installing an SSD and 16 gigs of RAM into a decade old MacBook for 18 minutes straight, I can't recommend. (Real hacker stuff, that...) There's plenty of better podcasts that are more consistent and technology-focused out there.

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