Tag Archives: History

Infamous IP Address Resurfaces

A couple of days ago researchers over at Sucuri posted a blog, detailing some investigative work on suspicious redirects which turned out to be the result of NameCheaps Free DNS service.

I won’t cover the detail of the blog (go read it, its a great piece of work) but one of the most surprising and interesting things (to me at least) uncovered was the resurrection of an IP related to the prehistoric and infamous conficker virus’s C2 domains.

So it just goes to show that I’m not the only person in security that like to pay homage to the past, even if I do it in a slightly less conspicuous fashion.

The Cuckoo’s Egg

When rooting (pardon the pun) around YouTube a few days ago looking for some cyber security videos to watch, I discovered this little gem, the 1990 made for TV movie; The KGB, the Computer and Me. It is an adaptation of the astronomer, author and accidental security specialist Clifford Stoll’s 1989 book, The Cuckoo’s Egg.

What makes this the show so great is not only the fact that many of the real people play themselves, resulting in what is often unintentional comedic acting, but it tells a very real story of how one man almost by accident found himself at the heart of the investigation that would bring the notorious hacker and KGB agent Markus Hess to justice!

The full video is available here:

UNIX, Beards and Orange Wallpaper

I am currently writing a dissertation about the move away from proprietary software, while doing some research I re-discovered this little gem! It is a video that Bell Laboratories produced in 1982 about the UNIX operating system. It is a must watch, not only because it offers a great insight into the contemporary thinking of this little part of computing history, but also because it is a time capsule of early 80s retro geekery goodness. This video has it all, the jazzy music, the grainy film, the blocky graphics, the orange wall paper and an impressive collection of beards. But if you’re not interested in beards it also has some footage of the then contemporary computers and x-terminals, I’m not going to try and identify any of them because I will almost certainly be wrong, but if you recognise them, then please let me know.

The video also has Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson being interviewed (and pulling some excellent set up for the video poses). They published the original UNIX white paper, which I have included in this post. Have a look at that, you will see that many of the concepts survive in UNIX and Linux OS’s today. Dennis Ritchie also discuses the C programming language and its inception, so it may be of interest to any programmers out there as well.

The UNIX Time-Sharing Operating System by Dennis M. Ritchie and Ken Thompson. Bell Laboratories 1974

Just a quick update on the IPv6 series, I am delaying the rest of it until January, as I said I am in the middle of a dissertation and that is taking up all of my free time at the moment. I am aiming to have most of complete by early January. As soon this the dissertation is complete I will write up the rest of the IPv6 series.