Friday, January 13, 2017

GTFO: Fantastic Opt-Out Lists and where to find them. - Guest Blog by @da5ch0

Getting your information removed from the places bad guys and creeps are most likely to get it from.

Cultivated and written by my #HumanZoo brethren

January 2017 Edition: ----------------------------------------- General Data Brokers / Stalker Sites: (Instructions on site, fax ID, preferably with photo, signature, ID number and issue/expiry dates blurred/covered, or snail mail it in) (you will need to provide ID here, as well, like with Intelius, and often snail mail an ID copy) (partial optout) DMA (direct mailer) optout: Adding your # to Do Not Call List: 1.888.382.1222 1.866.290.4236 (TTY) Bank optouts:
BOA: 1.888.341.5000
Citibank: 1.888.214.0017
JP Morgan Chase: 1.888.868.8618
Wells Fargo:
While logged into a secure session at , online banking customers can select Account Services -> Change Privacy Preferences to opt out or call 1.888.528.8460 Mail/fax opt out instructions for CIS Nationwide: (This company controls loads of search/creeper/stalker sites, listed at ) Opting out of credit preapproval communications and sharing: Student (K-12 and college students) FERPA optouts:
You will usually have to request a FERPA Opt Out form from the school, fill it out as necessary (making a copy for your own records) and have them place it in your "student file." This is basically a note for secretaries at the school to know that you don't want them to tell inquirers your directory information, which includes name, address, phone numbers, dates of attendance, degrees received, and often some health information including height/weight or other personal details. With the FERPA opt out on file, the details should only then be provided to legitimate employers or law enforcement, or at your request. Paid privacy service, DeleteMe: Paid privacy service, Privacy Duck: Michael Bazztel's book: Hiding From the Internet: World Privacy Forum page on Credit Freezes: (They also have numerous other articles that can be helpful, though a lot of their opt out lists contain a lot of now-dead links or which redirect to new owners' unrelated sites)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hunting: Defense Against The Dark Arts - BSides Philadelphia - 2016

This has to be one of my proudest achievements, presenting at the first ever BSides Philadelphia.

Philly will forever be my favorite city and holds a special place not only in my history but in my heart. Thank you to the BSides organizers (Ryan you're the absolute man) for selecting the talk I wrote with Jackie Stokes and Stephen Hinck as well as putting on such an amazing event. Also a HUGE thank you to IronGeek for getting this posted so quickly. That guy is a machine. So, without further adieux...



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weights and Measures.

Editor’s Note: The author of this op-ed recognizes this is an unpopular opinion and as such deleted a posting that comprised the following work. The body isn’t even cold yet, nerves are raw, people are scared and angry. Those who aren’t are jubilant and determined. When you throw those two sets of people together, things get raw. Take this for what it is, a message of hope.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever  has." - Margaret Mead

Of the votes cast in the 2016 Presidential Election, 24% of all Americans voted Hillary, another 24% of Americans voted Trump and another 50% were so disenfranchised they didn't vote at all. When you consider the well documented, often repeated, offensive remarks by our now President Elect we find ourselves in the most absurd of situations. I count among my friends people from all walks of life. Different belief systems, sexuality and religions. Today and I imagine for many days to come, they are terrified of the what the future holds. To them, I offer the following opinion piece as what I hope is, at worst, small consolation and at best, a glimmer of hope.

First, let’s take a little of the FUD out of some policy stuff. Half of the goals/beliefs Mr. Trump is on record as espousing have been opposed by his own party and the other half are unconstitutional. The President is not an island onto himself, our founding fathers made sure of that. In the meantime, I'm hearing rumors that a decent amount of high-level government employees, key advisors, are retiring. This is a double edged sword in that while a fair amount of institutional knowledge walks out the door, so goes archaic modes of thinking. 

Consider this an opportunity. If you want to ensure that our President Elect doesn't go off the deep end, then I would ruminate on being the change you want to see in the world. There are positions in the administration opening up, positions that you, dear reader, security professional or otherwise, can apply to and ensure that good council gets its voice heard among the bad.

From FUD we come to facts. Trump got elected because he made promises to a disenfranchised population. These people have been painted with a wide brush as racist, homophobic, xenophobic etc. The reality is, yes, some are that and worse. However, there are others. Those who have no formal education and no path to or hope of ever getting that education. They see higher learning and better paying jobs as forever out of their reach. Imagine the desperation they must feel to throw a Hail-Mary pass of putting an absolute wild card in office.

I grew up in Detroit where my dad was a Ford factory worker. I know the desperation in people's hearts when they hear "We're shipping our production plants to Mexico. Start looking for a new employer." Remember that when you are marginalizing these Trump supporters you are alienating people who, for all intents and purposes, believe that they were cornered and had no other alternative.

Remember that if you are labeling these people as racist misogynistic, homophobes you are practicing the very thing you preach against. A sizable portion of our population have been dealt a devastating blow. Trump is an unknown political entity but a well-known public figure for all the wrong reasons. It's time to redirect your hatred and anger towards being the change you want to see in this administration and help to safeguard the rights of your fellow citizens.

Regardless of what you think of the opinions I’ve just expressed I only ask one thing. Love one another. Be good to one another. Trust but verify and if you still don’t like what you see, we have considerable talents at our disposal to give our best shot at maintaining balance. Sharpen your skills and mentor those who are seeking to better themselves. The juxtaposition of political ideals has never been sharper but in the chaos there is opportunity. We might not be able to see through the smoke just yet but if there was ever a time to work together, this is it.

- Anonymous Author