Posts Tagged hacking

Ten Ideas

Being a hacker is all about the open sharing of ideas. So why do I keep my list of ‘projects in development’ so close to my chest? Inspired by tales of R&D departments with security measures the military would weep at? Enchanted by the notion that my ideas are worth millions, I just need to unleash them, then sit back and watch the cash roll in? Yeah, that’s pretty much it!

Yep, until very recently I was an idea hoarder. But inspired by Jacques Mattheij’s recent outpouring of his ideas, I’ve changed my attitude. I’m in good company – the folks at ycombinator have shared their list of “ideas we want to fund“, the people at have an entire social ecosystem based around sharing ideas, and the Six Month MBA team have listed a whopping 999 business ideas for anyone to pick up and use.

Why share my ideas? Ideas are often said to be worthless until implemented. I’d objected to that sentiment in the past, being a big ideas person. But now I can see there’s truth in it – a bad idea implemented excellently will trump a good idea implemented poorly, and as Paul Graham says: “imaginative people will take (the ideas) in directions we didn’t anticipate”, and “No matter what your idea, there’s someone else out there working on the same thing”. Sharing something multiplies its value.

I encourage you to share your ideas with the community too, because:

  1. Someone’s probably already thought of it anyway – no need to keep it secret
  2. You haven’t done anything with it yet – so maybe you’re not the right person to bring it forward
  3. Inspiring others benefits everyone- let’s talk about these ideas, and create new ones
  4. You’re not as clever as you’d like to think – others can see problems and opportunities that you can’t
  5. Sharing ideas can kickstart the product – if everyone says “wow I like this”, then you know what to do

So without further ado, ten ideas I’m thinking about:

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WordPress Security Flaw – Admin Password Reset

It is possible to reset the admin password in all versions of wordpress up to and including the most recent version 2.8.3.

This information comes from a milw0rm exploit.
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Facebook Chat History

A little video I made with some instructions on how to get facebook chat history, even if your friends are offline.

It’s always really annoying when you remember that a friend sent you a cool link but they’re not online any more. With this facebook tweak you can bring up the chat history.

Important: To get your facebook chat history back, you need to be logged in and online on the chat box. If you’re offline it won’t work.

Facebook only stores chat history for a few days though, so there might be no history to retrieve.

This is an extension of my facebook hacks page.

PS: Sorry the text is so small on the vid, put it fullscreen and you can read it better :0)

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Hacking Facebook

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Hacking Facebook with Javascript

now updated for the latest (March 2010) version of facebook!

Because facebook relies so heavily on javascript, and because we can type javascript into the address bar, that means we can “poke” into the workings of facebook to do things that we wouldn’t normally be able to do. It’s not “hacking” exactly, but it employs the same sort of skills hackers use when looking into applications. The best part is that because it’s all using the same control codes (or “API”) that facebook uses, there’s no way for facebook to find out you’re doing it, so it’s totally safe! (I think…) Besides, we’re not going to be doing anything too dodgy, just a few little tweaks ;)

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Neat Windows Tools

Most of these tools have a computer security slant, some cannot be classified under any other term than ‘hacking tools’, so be careful when running them, especially if you don’t know what they do. Tools that interact with a network in a potentially dangerous way are marked with ‘D’. Read the rest of this entry »

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PHP HTTP Interface

This code give you a HTML front end for HTTP using PHP. I quite often find myself wanting to fire up putty to send some custom HTTP headers, so I wrote this simple PHP tool to provide a “front end” for HTTP. It allows quick and easy customisation of HTTP headers, sends them to a web server and shows you in plain text the HTTP response headers and body. It’s quite nifty and rather useful for debugging / hacking / etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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I don’t have time right now to give a lot of detail about computer security as a whole. But here’s what I’d say if you asked me how best to learn about network security and hacking: Read the rest of this entry »

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Here’s a list of some of the best/most involved/hardest hacking challenges online. Hope you enjoy. One day I plan to host a challenge site here. But you’ll have to wait for that. Read the rest of this entry »

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HTTP Headers

An article about sending HTTP headers to a remote system, and knowing fully what they mean. Also covers sessions, hosting, and various interesting bits and bobs relating to web application security, hacking and the web in general. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking CAPTCHA without OCR

Breaking CAPTCHAs Without Using OCR
For my own PHP CAPTCHA implementation, click here.

This article details a method I have discovered to bypass CAPTCHA security, without having to use Optical Character Recognition software. It depends on an implementation problem that was quite common among CAPTCHA scripts when I originally published this in May 2005.
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