Social Hacking

When we thinking of hacking we automatically think of some drifter sitting in his moms basement with a large collection of computers surrounding him. Or maybe not. In any event hacking can be done with out a computer.That is in the form of social engineering. Let me explain what I mean. Its kind of like what your mom use to do with the reverse psychology, make you do what she wants you to do while thinking your doing what you want to do. As a sales representative I use these tactics every day at work  selling cell phones. Someone THINKS they want a free basic phone but I make them think they need a super powered smart phone!

How can this be done?

Its really just simple word play. By making someone think something is better than what it really is then they (most of the time) want to go for the bigger and better object.

There are other ways to use social engineering to your advantage. For example there was a story a few years ago about a hacking group that convinced a large registrar of domains that they were a representative for comcast and was able to take control of most of comcasts domain names. By using very convincing arguments and strategic word play the registrar believed that the person was indeed a rep for comcast and handed over control.

Another example is western union phishers. They go from store to store saying they are expecting a money transfer. Well the customer service rep goes and looks on the computer and says that they see a transfer for John Smith. Well that person then goes to another location and says hes John Smith. This store then tells him the amount. From there he goes to yet another location and by then has gathered enough information to withdraw the funds from western union.

So how can you use this form of hacking to your advantage?

Really that is up to you but in my case I use it to up sell my product and make more money. Others use it to scam and some just use it to take down large business. In any event your always gonna rely on a calm and well played out use of words and wits.

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Hopefully this has been atleast a somewhat interesting read for you and happy hacking!

-Tracker

PS3 and Xbox 360 in a PC case? Check.

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        So I have been kinda lazy lately, and by lazy I mean working two jobs and going to school full time instead of doing…well anything fun. Besides that I was trolling the SlashDot news feeds when I saw this. Now it wasn’t that I think this was a particularly hard mod to do its that I think it was done very well. So well that I think it needs to be posted on as many websites as possible! Now heres what I really like about this mod:

1) He didnt just use the original power supplies / bricks, he actually wired the two up to a computer power supply. I would have just added holes oh made a few Island Plastics bridges holding for the two that already came with the console.

2) He didn’t use a super “rice-y” case. And by “rice-y” I mean that he didn’t throw LED’s at it and make it into a freaking god damn Christmas tree.

3) The temperature gauge is a VERY good idea that I wouldn’t have worried about, hah.

4) Im pretty sure he could easily get the stuff out of the case to do maintenance on it.

I wish I had more time and money to do fun lil’ projects like this, but hey bills don’t pay themselves!

OH! There are also a TON of pictures on this and you can get to the page by either clicking the image or by clicking the link below.

Check this guy out: http://timofiend.blogspot.com/2011/09/hi-there-my-names-timofiend-or-tim-as.html

Attempt to bring TMS back to its former glory!

For the past year or so TMS has been going way down hill on its updates because of my personal life as well as Dark’s. Well I hope to change that starting today!

I am going to attempt to complete some projects as well as post on some of the best posts from around the web.

If there is anyone out there that would like to assist in this venture then feel free to email me using the contact us page or comment on this post.

I will also be looking to get mod ideas and hacking tips from anyone who  wants to share. If they are good they will get posted to the site along with a link to your site/twitter/facebook or what ever distinguishing identity you assume on the web. With that being said I am going off to the wonderful powers of google to scout my next project. Wish me luck

….Where is that damn soldering gun….

-Tracker

Build a Hackintosh Mini on the cheap!

 

Ok so you want a mac… [if not then don’t even read the rest of this post] but you don’t have the extra funds laying around to buy a brand new shiny mac. Sure you can go get a used one but where is the fun in that?

Well I have the link you need…. LifeHacker posted a great informative post on how to build and configure a hackintosh from start to finish for under $600.00

Now the only trick for me is finding my hidden stash of money in the back yard…. where did I put that shovel…

-Tracker

OpenAppMrkt [Mobiles]

Image from iphoneheat.com

Whats up internet! Have you heard about the OpenAppMrkt? No? Well you should go there RIGHT NOW!

Whats so awesome about this visually pleasing website? Well for starters its basically a app store, that works on android and iphone, but is not actually an app store. Instead its actually a HTML 5 site that has many neat apps and a great design. I personally have been playing around with the clock app and it runs great. I [DarkWarrior] have only tested this on my PC (Running FF4 Beta) and my iPhone (4.2.1 JailBroken) but as soon as Tracker checks it out with his Milestone we will have a great review going for you guys, but for now try some stuff out for yourself!

Motorola Miletone / Verizon Droid Review…

Over the years I have had many many phones ranging from the old Nextel brick shaped phones to palm iphone windows mobile and many others as well.

Recently my carrier had a promotion going on where I was able to get my hands on a Motorola Milestone [CDMA] and so I upgraded from my previous android device the HTC Hero.

Well its not a bad device and here is the pros and cons…

PROS

  • Nice clear display
  • decent battery life for a smart phone
  • on screen and physical keyboard
  • fast processor for a smart phone
  • its android powered!

Cons

  • Has a odd lip at the bottom
  • no dedicated send / end buttons
  • keys are one solid rubber piece would be nicer if separate
  • buttons at bottom of screen are a bit to sensitive

Ok so overall I am pleased with this phone. It does have its minor issues but overall I would still recommend it over iPhone and Windows alternatives. Its ease of use and ability to be rooted in about 45 seconds using the universal root program and then you can use wifi tethering with the barnacle wifi tether app it is just a great device.

-Tracker

Asus EEEPC T91!!!!

Well I had my eeepc 701 for a long time [well for a laptop anyway] and I figured it was time to upgrade… and upgrade I did. I got the Asus EEEPC T91 Tablet PC. Have had it for about a month and am prepared to explain the pros and cons of this little convertible pc

First off the specs

  • Intel Atom Z520(1.33GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, FSB 533MHz)
  • 1 GB DDR2 SODIMM memory
  • 8.9″ WSVGA (1024×600) Resistive Touch Panel, w/ LED-backlit
  • Integrated Graphics Controller; Shared w/ system memory
  • 16 GB SSD + 16 GB SD Card Bundle

Ok so its not a super computer but it is decent!

PROS!!!

  • Full Touch Screen
  • Screen rotates for reading
  • Small size
  • Great battery life
  • DUAL SD Card Slots

CONS…

  • Small keyboard
  • Asus bloatware
  • Not linux friendly
  • Fingerprint magnate

Ok so let me explain the pros and cons… the T91 is a 8.9 inch tablet that can be used as either a netbook or a tablet.

Its small size and great battery life make it a perfect companion on long flights or car trips. The touch screen comes in handy for drawing or just playing games. Its also nice for reading e-books.

It comes paired with a 16gb SD card and 2 SD Card slots [1 free after the 16gb] Providing you with the ability of a maximum 80GB of storage space! [16gb ssd and 2x 32gb sd cards]

However it has a glossy black case that is a big fingerprint collector. I myself liked the matte black on the old eeepc but you cant win them all. The small keys take a little getting use to if you have been using a full size laptop but if you have been using a netbook you should be fine. It is also not very linux friendly due to the graphics chip but I prefer windows on a day to day basis so thats not a huge fault for me. The only major complaint I have is all the Asus Bloatware that comes bundled with it. While it is nice if you like yahoo widgets and such I just dont like it. However it is easily disabled and removed in about 30 seconds. It also ships with windows xp home. Why they did not include xp tablet I don’t know but I plan to upgrade this one anyway.

All in all this is a great little tablet for the money and hopefully I will get years of use out of it as I have my other Asus products

-Tracker

P.S. Sorry for the lack of updates life has taken its turns but hopefully the road is a bit straighter ahead and I will have a bit more time to do more on here!

NES Rumble Pak! [NES]

Now this is pretty neat. I was really interested because it was done by a student like myself and it was entered into an engineering expo.

Now basically it works kinda like the N64’s rumble pack. However they are unable to control when the rumble happens. So if your playing Super Mario and your just about to leap over a flaming stick of doom  you might want to be aware that it could rumble at the exact moment and cause you to run right into it. If I had more of these laying around I might try it for myself, but for now my NES will simply have to live with playing Shut ’em Ups and giving me a thumb cramp. Speaking of Shut ’em Ups, if you have an NES I highly recommend sky sharks. That is a Fun game. Tracker do you have that one? I know you have tons of games for your NES. Oh and this post gives me another reason to play the NES tonight.

I think I’ll keep an eye on his blog as well. Looks like he likes to tinker.

-DarkWarrior

Via http://andygoetz.org/post/an-nes-rumble-pak

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