Bitsquatting: DNS Hijacking without exploitation

Mind blown.  (Warning, extreme techie geek content is contained in this link.)

Bitsquatting refers to the registration of a domain names one bit different than a popular domain. The name comes from typosquatting: the act of registering domain names one key press different than a popular domain. Bitsquatting frequently resolved domain names makes it possible to exploit computer hardware errors via DNS. For more details on bitsquatting my research, please see my Blackhat 2011 whitepaper. Someone has posted a youtube video of my DEFCON 19 talk about this topic. The slides from my DEFCON 19 talk are also available.

Link: http://dinaburg.org/bitsquatting.html

Laser Pointers Blind Pilots

Click here for a related CNN report on lasers blinding pilots

Laser pointers can be cool toys, but they also pose a serious blinding risk.  DO NOT SHINE THEM AT PEOPLE.  These videos show the view from a pilot’s perspective when someone shines the light at an airplane.  We put pilots in charge of transporting hundreds of people in an airplane safely to a destination, I am sure the last thing you want when you are on the plane is a blind pilot.

Educate anyone you know that has these laser pointers and uses them as a toy on this danger.  It is also apparently considered an attack on the airplane and leads to FBI arresting an individual in the next video.

 

Liz Marks Texting & Driving Story – YouTube

 

distraction.gov is a website setup by the US DOT using ad campaigns and educational resources to warn people about the dangers of texting and driving.  I think the public needs to be exposed more to the not so lucky cases as is the case with this girl who seems to barely manage escaping death.

I think that all too often we take the grittiness of life and death and hide it away that people just don’t have a clue about the reality of dangerous behaviors such as texting and driving.