03/25/2014

New study about how some hackers earn more than you can dream off

Criminal activities in cyberspace are increasingly facilitated by burgeoning black markets for both tools (e.g., exploit kits) and take (e.g., credit card information). This report, part of a multiphase study on the future security environment, describes the fundamental characteristics of these markets and how they have grown into their current state to explain how their existence can harm the information security environment. Understanding the current and predicted landscape for these markets lays the groundwork for follow-on exploration of options to minimize the potentially harmful influence these markets impart. Experts agree that the coming years will bring more activity in darknets, more use of crypto-currencies, greater anonymity capabilities in malware, and more attention to encrypting and protecting communications and transactions; that the ability to stage cyberattacks will likely outpace the ability to defend against them; that crime will increasingly have a networked or cyber component, creating a wider range of opportunities for black markets; and that there will be more hacking for hire, as-a-service offerings, and brokers.
http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR610.html

You can download the publication at that page

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03/09/2014

Free mangaservice to come online (not pirated)

Kadokawa is launching a service that the Japanese publishing house hopes will become a pillar of its digital business -- ComicWalker, a free, online, worldwide manga comic distribution service available in Japanese, Chinese and English.

     The service will start on March 22 by offering 200 titles of manga totaling 5,000 pages. It will be accessible on smartphones, tablets as well as personal computers. The Japanese lines can be switched to English or Chinese with a single command. The latest chapters will be available for free until the next chapter is published. After that, the older chapters will be available for purchase.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Kadokawa-to-lau...

this means that you will have to find a way to download or screenshot the chapters you are reading every time to have your books for free

also very interesting is that you can change the language of the comics in one line - this makes it very interesting for comic publishers because once you have translated it (by a person, automatically or a mix of both) than you have unlimited possibilities

you can even rewrite old comics to make the language simpler to translate and shorter

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11/14/2013

gelezen : hij is terug van Timur Vermes over de terugkeer van Hitler in Duitsland ano 2011

dit is een uitstekende beschrijving van het boek

http://www.presseurop.eu/nl/content/article/3352881-knarsetandend-lachen-om-hitler

Het boek zal ook worden vertaald in het Engels, Frans, Spaans en er zijn reeds honderdduizenden exemplaren verkocht (al vind je het in de FNAC bij de 3 kopen 4 meenemen collectie in het Nederlands)

Het enige dat ontbreekt is natuurlijk de technologische vooruitgang (als je het boek over het gebruik van de eerste IBM technologie in de jodenvervolging leest dan weet je ook waar mijn ongemak met al die nieuwe spionagetechnologie en schandalen vandaan komt)

het is eerder een boek die je doet inziet dat de huidige populisten en nationalisten en haatmakers door de media worden gedragen als spektakel, comedie en kijkcijfers 'omdat Hitler toch niet kan terugkomen' terwijl de figuur Hitler zelf bij zichzelf denkt dat hij in het begin zich best - net zoals in 1920 heel klein houdt en het spel meespeelt maar toch nooit zijn einddoel uit het oog verliest

Haat en onverdraagzaamheid zijn geen spektakel maar harde realiteit met harde gevolgen die niet gemakkelijk zullen op te lossen zijn en de media zouden misschien meer moeten nadenken over hoe ze kunnen bruggen bouwen en onze samenleving en democratie vooruit helpen in plaats van zich als lemmings in de kijk- en clickcijfers te storten

het is in feite de onopgemerkte terugkeer van Hitler en - zoals men nu in Frankrijk zegt - de banalisatie van het discours van de haat, van het 'echte' zeggen wat in de onderbuik van sommige mensen zit  maar hun hoofd niet durft te zeggen

zeer goed geschreven ook trouwens met heel wat grappige opmerkingen en bedenkingen en verwijzingen naar de geschiedenis van de tweede wereldoorlog

lees misschien ook 'amusing ourselves to death' of 'de spektakelmaatschappij '

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11/09/2013

a whole collection of books about the WOI in Belgium to download for free

just a snapshot go here  https://mega.co.nz/#F!k4NFnIKS!a2H8QUdF_tE4S2f2Hef9vQ

100 books together 1 gig

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10/03/2013

the logical pricing of ebooks

sometimes it is logical as it should be - lower than any paper alternative (transportation included)

this for example is not logical and in fact a scam because the prices for electronic version should follow the prices for the paper version, even secondhand

which means that the price should be for example 5 dollars for the electronic version

maybe we have to lower taxes on ebooks (to save some paper even if the most paper is used for totally worthless words that have everything but 'information' or 'news')

no print on demand or 'bundled print on demand' in which you could say that once they decide to print - let's say 100 copies at that price they can take it automatically from your creditcard and send you the book - even if meanwhile you have the digital version (but you want for some reason also the paper version - I am a booklover)

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why amazon secondhand bookshop is a real crisiskiller

look at the Belgian online bookshop bol.com

just some of the books about privacy and look at the prices even secondhand (if there are any)

and go than to Amazon and take around 6 Euro for each book for transport and handling if you can wait a few weeks (which would be no problem if you buy books from time to time)

okay and let's take the price of the secondhand book

the thing is that Amazon is really working like a global webservice, it is volume that counts and getting the books in and out as fast as possible, they are not a library, the books have to be sold, not kept at a price untill they are sold at that price, stocking books is far too expensive and the faster they are sold, the more the cost of keeping those books are limited (buildings, electricity, air-conditioning and so on are all costs)

By the way, you can support this blog by sending books from the wish-list or putting a small value on the card

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10/02/2013

just one example why ebookprices are a scam today and how to change this

just one example out of thousands

So you could buy a hardcover for less (and resell it)

but your ebooks can't be resold and they are just digital (lose it and it is gone)

so as long as ebooks don't have the model from music (spotify) and movies (netflix) and some publishers it ain't worth the money especially because the costs of handling ebooks is far less than physical books

I love ebooks, don't misunderstand me, but they have to break out of the itunes type of pricing to set the world on fire as some visionaries have thought

the problem is that they think that if they make it too cheap that it will be distributed all over the web - but that isn't the case because the number of digital books in the p2P platforms is quite limited next to the number that are available and their downloads aren't that enormous

and every book and reader is different

* some only read online (even if reading online is different)

* some read it on paper and like to have a digital copy because they don't have the space, or because they want to resell the paper version or because they like to work on the digital copy (making notes) and not in the paper version

and that may be different for each reader, each book or each task (something you read to entertain yourself is something different than if you have to read for your work or something of which you only read a few chapters but have to able to do a search in the other chapters for specific information the moment you need it (software books for example)

some books may need digital updates while you wouldn't find it necessary to buy the new edition on paper (because only 10 out of 200 pages have been changed)

some books need their permanent updates with other information and comments from readers and specialists

and so the book is a format, a channel in the bigger question of how you want to organize information - established and the new information and will become available

but as a format it still has to have its revolution

although Amazon is changing things faster than anywone could have imagined. The only problem is that it hasn't started the ebook revolution because the publisher see Amazon as their biggest enemy and not as their biggest opportunity because if one company today is capable of integrating the ebooks and the paper versions as complementary channels of knowledge and artistic distribution integrated in the new possibilities of the biggest library ever created (the web) it is Amazon - but for that you need bigger mind at the biggest companies who are trying to hold on as long as possible to their established business practices and trying to push the ebookbusiness in it as long as possible. They forget that this was already tried by the music and filmindustry who are only now learning how to earn more money with less costs by using the digital formats and channels in an intelligent way.

there will be a day when we will subscribe to the internet and integrate in our package access to films, music, newspapers and books as much as we want (and can use because there are only 24h a day) and pay for it each month

and for those publishers and authors who only see the bad things of the digital format, imagine that all those books that you have published would become part of that library and you could again start earning money on it without printing anything - except when you have received payment for it (print on demand) than there could be millions of books out of print that would re-enter the market and naturally the public discussion and debate (without having to wait untill someone scans it and throws it on the internet because there are no copies in any library)

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09/05/2013

#icss2013 download the presentations

Here are the presentations

you will find some very interesting presentations and some papers about cyberstrategy

but the papers are only part of the presentations and mostly in this powerpointisme it is just a bunch of words and phrases

the best things or the things that make you really understand what it is all about are said in the conference

so thinking that you can skip the conference by just reading the papers is in fact fooling yourself

tomorrow second day

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09/04/2013

the ebookrevolution in your language will only start when Amazon arrives

look at what Amazon did in Japan and how it changed the ebookparadigma

"The Japan Kindle store, which opened last October, offers more than 140,000 Japanese-language titles. It added 7,000 more titles in just the last 30 days. Kodansha now has 10,617 e-book titles available on the Kindle marketplace.

The Kobo store advertises more than 130,000 e-books, but its limited search capabilities make browsing that inventory difficult. The Sony marketplace offers more than 108,000 Japanese-language titles.

Before the Kindle’s arrival, both Kobo and Sony’s marketplaces each offered fewer than 80,000 e-book titles. Without a popular marketplace, Rakuten and Sony failed to convince the top two Japanese publishers, Kodansha and Shogakukan, of the profit-generating potential in e-books. Digitalization of their titles proceeded slowly.

Amazon, however, had experience in the United States selling e-books and brought that experience to Japan. That made all the difference for fence-sitting publishers experiencing dwindling profits.

Sales of books and magazines in Japan declined 3.6 percent in 2012, according to the Research Institute for Publications, the eighth consecutive year of declining sales. E-book and e-magazine sales, however, increased by an estimated 18 percent, and the growth potential for e-publishing in Japan is expected to increase following proposed copyright law reforms announced last month by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The changes, aimed at combating piracy and developing the e-book industry in Japan, are on the agenda for next year’s Parliament session.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/02/business/global/japans-...

so the publishers in other languages can only keep Amazon away by closing down their market by a fair price, a big offer and a easy website to use

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amazon breaks the ebookscam with new program and gives an example how to offer digital versions

You want to buy a digital version and it is as expensive as the hardcover or the digital version costs more than a secondhand one (also on Amazon)

this new program will change the ebookmarket - as Amazon has changed the bookmarket  several times and nothing will be the same

imagine buying the book to read on paper and in digital version if you want to search something up or keep it as a reference

this is especially great for scientific and non-fictional books

you may like to read the paper books but on your kindle you can have a digital version and if in a debate or article you ask yourself wasn't in that book that there was proof that this is not true you can search it up in a snap

it would be great if you could do this also for films on dvd or music on vinyl (this would also kill the need for illegal downloads with most people if you could go back years to buy the digital versions instead)

"On Tuesday, the company plans to announce a new program, Kindle MatchBook, that lets its customers buy the electronic versions of books they have already purchased in print form for either $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free. That’s far less than the $11 or more that Amazon typically charges for standalone purchases of the latest Kindle titles.

 

One benefit of MatchBook is that Amazon will let its customers buy Kindle editions of books that they purchased in print as far back as 1995, the year Amazon opened for business. The discounted Kindle edition prices apply to book purchases made in the future on Amazon too.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/amazon-couples-p...

the biggest ebookscam is still Google books - and the other ebookpublishers (because the first is blocking the downloads in Belgium and other countries and the second group are asking prices that are just ridiculous)

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08/14/2013

For Europe Belgium has still no central cybersecurity plan

on the site of the ENISA the European central organisation to coordinate all the initiatives and documents, Belgium is not present on the page with the other national cybersecurity plans of the other European countries

there are others off course, but we are the host for the European institutions (so if we would now take 10% of what we earn by their presence and put it into a 'securitybudget' than there would be enough for all the different kinds of security one would need to keep them secure (they are, but this is luck and an effective organisation but not because the funds, people and resources are planned)

off those who have a plan only three were adjusted in 2013 (can be a formality)

off those who have a plan only three others were longerterm plans (even if you could have questions about a plan that goes into 2019 when you know how fast things change in this sector)

the majority of the plans were made in 2011 which is already 2 years behind us

You could say that not having a plan is worse than giving the illusion of a plan (even if two are not in english and will for that reason have some problems being understood by the international community)

Belgium is off course not alone, there are many countries that have not yet made or sent their plan like Span, Portugal, Ireland, .......

instead of having enormous never-ending conferences and debates and giving money for reports from which we know what will be in it (because it is already in 100 other reports) we should make it an obligation for every European country to have a central cybersecurity framework that would have to be revised every year and made public - even if the EU would have bring in some money to help translations, research and informationcollection initiatives

after that step it could be formalized with miniimal requirements and quality indicators and experiences could be exchanged between countries (for example the parliaments who have to oversee those plans and their implementations)

here is the list of the other central cybersecurityplans

European Union

Austria Austrian Cyber Security Strategy (2013)

Czech Republic Cyber Security Strategy of Czech Republic for the 2011-2015 Period (2011)

 Estonia  Cyber Security Strategy (2008)

 Finland  Finland's Cyber Security Strategy (2013)

 France Information systems defence and security, France's strategy (2011)

 Germany Cyber Security Strategy for Germany (2011)

 Hungary National Cyber Security Strategy (2013)

 Lithuania Programme for the development of electronic information security (cyber security) for 2011-2019 (2011)

 Luxembourg  National strategy on cyber security (2011) - in french

 The Netherlands  The national cyber security strategy (2011)

 Poland Govermental Program for Protection of Cyberspace for the years 2011-2016 (2011) - in polish

 Romania Cyber Security Strategy in Romania (2011)

 Slovak Republic National Strategy for Information security in the Slovak Republic (2008)

 United Kingdom  Cyber Security Strategy of the United Kingdom (2009)
https://www.enisa.europa.eu/activities/Resilience-and-CII...

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08/08/2013

download securityguides for PHP

this is for educational reasons available - no commercial books

and to help you with several of the issues you may have or things you may not yet know

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08/07/2013

download information and tools about CSRF attacks (beast and crime attack)

you will not solve the problem with beach and crime if you don't solve the CSRF attack and that is too say the fact that cookies can be send anywhere

this is the first package of documents and tools to test your code and application about how to treat CSRF problems the tools are mostly from OWASP

we will let you know when we add new stuff

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download tools and information about Beast and Crime SSL attacks

we have put together in one folder copies of the articles about the attacks or parts of the attacks

the RFC's that are guiding the research

some old research from 2002

the new presentation

a tool to test your internal servers

and a lot of tips for apache, ngnix and other tools

because I am sure that most of you will now have a good day of work on their hands

it are about 42 files for educational purposes only so you can get your hands on it immediately

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download documents FBI torspyware CIPAV

the software used by the FBI could be the older CIPAV code

there were already in 2007 articles about it

and in 2009 a whole bunch of documents was cleared for publication after a Freedom of Information request (how I love this in Belgium non-existent tool)

you can find them here assembled for educational purposes

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07/14/2013

Summertime : french classical literature (zola, jules verne) to download

You can download this from here

this folder will be updated from time to time

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summer reading : download some interesting english public domain books

more to come (all more or less public domain)

not throwing everything online, only books that you should have read

this is just a small sample

access to the folder

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21th of July : download Henri Perinne L'histoire de la Belgique

This is according to Archive.org in the public domain

it is one of the most extra-ordinary works of the Belgian History

even if other historians find that it was very Belgistic and found traces of Belgium where others saw none (still do)

but here you can download it without spending a lot of money and with the possibility of searching through the text and finding all the references (it is in cut in 7 pieces)

download here

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07/11/2013

articles and guides about the deep web (tor and freenet)

I am placing here some articles together about where to find interesting stuff on the deepweb and tor and how to go your way

https://mega.co.nz/#F!xkF3VZ4Q

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the most important Belgian cables from wikileaks and others

this is an ongoing operation

but we will here collect the most important belgian diplomatic cables from wikileaks

https://mega.co.nz/#F!gkUCGLZR

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