Author: rwolf

BadRabbit have no fear

Another ransomeware hit the streets called “BadRabbit” on October 24th, 2017.  I’ve read a little bit about it BUT dear reader have no fear.  If you’re behind one of our firewalls; a popular open source FreeBSD based firewall loaded up with block lists galore, intrusion detection (IDS), Geo IP Blocking […]

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Your VPS & hosting provider is an IT loser!

Why VPS is part of the problem and not the solution: What?  My VPS (Virtual Private Server hosting provider) and web hosting provider is an IT loser?  What’s that even mean you angry angry person?! What we mean by this is more general than specific but yeah, they are!  Take […]

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First Google Ghetto

Have you ever heard these terms? That’s not a professional solution That’s not business class That’s not enterprise class That’s hodge podge That’s…whatever derogatory phrase someone can say to make your recommendation or solution seem ghetto and less than… Try not to take offense my dear engineer.  Why?  Because you’re […]

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Highly available IPSEC VPN

Does your company have multiple sites needing serious up-time on both Internet and VPN?  If so then you need PFSense and a DYNDNS provider.  Why?  Let me explain… PFSense is a router / firewall and in our opinion one of the best.  It’s free, Open Source and has reasonable pay […]

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Why the hackers are winning reason #2

Here’s a reason the hackers are winning: Reason #2:  Lazy good for nothing ISP / hosting company security teams & poor practices (#ISPidiots). We operate our own RBL, Realtime Block List (although…most like to call it a black list or a black-hole list we don’t use that term and who […]

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Corporate Routers & Open Source – GET REAL!

I’m pushing back!  Why?  Because you dear reader NEED to be enlightened (possibly).  Perhaps you’re already an enlightened digital soul…? MOST ROUTERS ARE OPEN SOURCE: Did you know most routers controlling corporate networks or even your home are “open source”…here’s a list?  Open Source shouldn’t be a dirty word anymore, […]

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Why the hackers are winning reason #1

Here’s a reason the hackers are winning: Reason #1:  Stupid TLD registrars who make it nigh impossible to report abuse (#ISPidiots). Our honeypot detected a brute force attempt from IP address:  91.191.19.58 Well lets do some looking into this abusive host / IP. The first thing we do is a […]

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Petya Ransomware

Petya’s been in the news lately so I thought I’d take a lookielou at it.  I found an interesting GitHub post about the topic here.  Here are my notes on the matter. * Our Whackers For Hackers IPBL blocked the distribution points for the most part (our firewalls would have […]

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What Microsoft says about BSD (and thus PFSense)

Ignorance is bliss right?  Not when it comes to budgets, your health, relationships, that wart developing on your face…well, maybe in a lot of things ignorance isn’t bliss now that I think about it but certainly not when it comes to your corporate edge which is our topic of discussion.  […]

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LEAN IT

LEAN is a manufacturing term often used to describe process improvement that minimizes waste.  <– That’s a LEAN sentence!  With respect to IT and IT solutions, waste in our view is over spending.  There are certainly other factors like under-skilled staff wheel spinning turning small tasks into mammoth undertakings but […]

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