ADVISORY: The techniques and tools referenced within this blog post may be outdated and do not apply to current situations. However, there is still potential for this blog entry to be used as an opportunity to learn and to possibly update or integrate into modern tools and techniques.
So Microsoft is open sourcing PowerShell and putting it on Linux. Realistically Linux already has a full suite of administrative tools and some very powerful scripting languages that I feel do anything you’d want to do with PowerShell, but faster and safer. However, it makes me wonder how long it will take the folks over at PowerShell Empire to turn this recent development into a very handy tool for administering other people’s Windows systems from the comfort of your *nix based machine. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2016/08/18/powershell-on-linux-and-open-source-2/
This article is a little older, but I’d missed it initially, this past week @EthanRobish mentioned it to me and having not seen it he sent a link. The article itself is a great read, and *cough, puts on tinfoil hat* I have always said that with something as important as an election I’d personally be totally surprised if it weren’t being hacked at some level. This article seems to speak to the validity of that suspicion. http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-how-to-hack-an-election/
Disclaimer: Long article that contains assembly language. I have posted some articles on hardware hacking before, it’s something that I’m curious about but unfortunately have never gotten around to. This article is fantastic. It gives a really great rundown on how the author reasoned through the challenge of reverse engineering some router binaries as well as a finding right at the end (which I won’t ruin for you.) http://blog.ioactive.com/2016/08/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-bhu-wifi.html
EFF: Lets not wait to talk about government sponsored hacking. @ncardozo and @agcrocker wrote a blog post which looks at the fact that we’ve been given plenty of evidence that the US government has no moral qualms with using technology to push the limits of the fourth amendment well beyond where most Americans would probably draw a line. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/we-shouldnt-wait-another-fifteen-years-conversation-about-government-hacking
I like weird things. Esoteric things. I had a lot of fun (probably more than is normal) reading through this post. I think the first section was my favorite. http://blog.bjrn.se/2016/08/cabinet-of-curiosities-bunch-of.html