Sunday, July 28, 2013

Trip of Thessaloniki for osc 2013

As many people mentioned, openSUSE conference 2013 was held on July 18 to July 22 in Thessaloniki, Greece. After 20hrs in the air and waiting in the airport( for transfer), I arrived in the city of Thessaloniki about 3:00 PM on July 17. Then I went to the sea side by buy No.78. It was really nice view there. Then I took a taxi to hotel for another 12 hrs sleep;-) I visited to the white tower and Aristotle square. The great Philosopher Aristotle was born in the place where near by the city of Thessaloniki. I thought Aristotle was visit the city but I haven't find the related information yet.

It was really nice to be there. Local people are so relaxing. Much relaxer than I feel in Beijing. I love this place, I do. I met many interesting guys here, including security guys and non-security guys. Some people I met in Thessaloniki, we all love beer/sec/gaming/system of a down/ramstein/Nirvana/etc....even the background music of main conference room was Nirvana songs. Man, can you believe it? I never see it happened in China. They guys are really awesome. I also met some sec guys there. They are very skilled and talented dudes. I think I learned not less from them in few days.

This trip makes me feel my way back home. Most people doesn't like what I like in BJ. I think the whole fucking society just can't accept the type of person like me. I don't wanna change.

 - I love punk rock and metal, am I wrong?
 - I love Philosophy/Theology/History, am I fucking wrong?
 - I love Tri-A title computer/video games, am I fucking wrong?
 - I don't care how much money I earn( I can still feed my family, you piece of shit-_-), am I wrong? 
 - I hate the type of guys in suit who are just dead inside( walk) with their fucking boring day job, am I fucking wrong?

I don't think I'm a weirdo guy. But most Chinese people I met in BJ just think that way. Don't give me wrong...I have some very awesome friends. They are Chinese dudes/ladies. But we are minorities....Greenday is always supporting us: "I wanna be the minority... I don't need your authorirty...Down with moral majority"...aha, I really love this song;-)

btw: The food in the city of Thessaloniki are really awesome, especially the seafood. And, I as a newbie had a presentation "Introduction to GNU/Linux hardening" in osc 2013.

Nice view, ha?

old good port

White Tower, or maybe we should call it "The Greece Tower"

I hadn't find the ASSOS yet;-)
 Little dude, you got a gun?
 Olympic Museum, this is the place for osc2013
  Gecko money is not a bad idea, isn't it?
 Sometime, RMS is wrong. Free speech is as free beer;-)
 July 23, people are gone
 I love this shit!@#$%^&*()
 Istanbul - In the map of Civilization IV, ring the bell?
 Awesome architecture...........

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

review the book "Profiling Hackers"

I've been reading the book of Profiling Hackers recently. For now, I only looked through a little bit. There are some topics are very interesting, so I'd like to share with you guys.
This book listed some questions below:

Why am I interested in hacking?
What are my objectives?
What am I trying to obtain through hacking?
What do I want to become?
What do I want people to think of me?
How do I want to be remembered, and what for?

It's the matter of the motivation of hacking. IMHO, hackers are always hacking for fun and yes, indeed( we can't deny it, right-_-) ..the profit. AlpheOne's paper's title was sort of philosophical metaphors;-) Both of motivations( fun/profit) are very important. Because if a security guy only care about one of them, it would be devastating for a person( hacker)'s life. 
* Fun? To some hackers, hacking is part of their life. They can't live with hacking. They are happy with joy while writing exploit...
* Profit? Money, of course. White hat working for commercial company. Black hat?
* Both White and Black are possible to sale exploit or get involve with underground business a hacker, if we: 
Only having the "fun" part. too spiritual dude... and it's hard to make the people( industry) believe you in real-life sec engineering.... Well, if the security is not your day job, that's another story;-)

Only having the "profit" part:
even worse, just like a lot of security conference runners( whores-_-) who only having one slide/topic and guffing around the world. They are a bunch of dead walks

As a real hacker, I do believe that he/she would have both of them.

And, the book also talking about the common trait of hackers, no matters of age, profession, ethnic, etc:
* They usually have an above average IQ and great technical and problem-solving skills.
* They are brilliant adolescents, suffocated by an inadequate school system and by ill-prepared or poorly equipped teachers.
* They generally come from problem families.
* They rebel against all symbols or expressions of authority.

It's true. Except the 3rd one is a little bit of vague. How to define the "problem families"? Divorce? or others? If it is mean that a family is lack of proper( btw: wth is *proper*) educate/homeschool for the kid,'d be mean a huge number of families.

I'm not finish the reading. It's really great book. I never found a book which giving a way in sociology to discussion about hackers. The Hacker ethic and the spirit of Information age did some aspect of the work, but Pekka was more focus on the generic hacker( not only in computer/sec field).