Monthly Archives: March 2011

Anonymous Launches New DDoS Attack Against RIAA [Softpedia]

Again… Anon takes exception to legal action against LimeWire. They
originally went after RIAA last year on a Friday afternoon and took
them down for 5 hour; messing up many people’s weekends. Now that
RIAA has filed a lawsuit against P2P file sharer LimeWire for 75
Trillion dollars they have come under attack again.

[Softpedia] [Sophos Naked Security]

[Gawker] Inside Anonymous??? Secret War Room

“John Cook and Adrian Chen – Dissident members of the internet
hacktivist group Anonymous, tired of what they call the mob’s
“unpatriotic” ways, have provided law enforcement with chat logs of
the group’s leadership planning crimes, as well as what they say are
key members’ identities. They also gave them to us.”

The real question may be is this real or was Gawker fed these chat
logs for some other purpose?

More Mac USB to Cisco Console doings…

When I used to connect from a PC or Windows laptop to a Cisco console port my memories are that it was easier than doing the same using a Mac.  I think that goes back to the additional functionality buried in the Windows terminal programs.

I purchased a Keyspan model USA-19HS USB to DB-9 serial adapter.  It comes with a CD containing both Windows and Mac drivers.

Using this with the Mac they include the Keyspan USB port utility; a small sioftware application that installs on your Mac and after you connect the adapter the app reports how OS X named the port.  For instance the utility saw my adapter as USB adapter as USA19H3d1P1.  To connect using that adapter to a router I open Terminal and type screen /dev/USA19H3d1P1.  That connects Terminal through the serial adapter to the router so that I power up I see the console.

One of the first things I had to do once I connected to a router was password recovery.  To send a break to a serial attached device using Terminal you need to type CTRL-A and then CTRL-B.  CTRL-B is the break key.  CTRL-A directs the input to the Terminal application.

Mac USB to Cisco 1900 router using Cisco USB to mini-USB cable

OK. I’ve been a network guy since the 1980s. I thought had seen it
all. Today when I opened the box for my brand new 1900 router I found
a Cisco console cable blue USB to mini USB cable. Even more
surprising the router has a mini USB port on the back right next to
the Cisco-standard RJ-45 console port. Amazing! Looking through the
docs online I found the following procedure for connecting from a Mac
to the router via this USB to mini-USB cable.

Step 1 Use the Finder to go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2 Connect the Mac USB port to the router using the supplied USB
to mini-USB cable.

Step 3 Enter the following commands to find the OS X USB port number

macbook:user$ cd /dev

macbook:user$ ls -ltr /dev/*usb* [which returns something like below]

crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 9, 66 Apr 1 16:46 tty.usbmodem1a21

Step 4 Connect to the USB port with the following command followed by
the router USB port speed

macbook:user$ screen /dev/tty.usbmodem1a21 9600

[power on the router, wait for a few minutes and you should see
something like this…]

Installed image archive
Cisco CISCO1941/K9 (revision 1.0) with 1011712K/36864K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID FTX150900FE
2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
2 Serial(sync/async) interfaces
1 Virtual Private Network (VPN) Module
DRAM configuration is 64 bits wide with parity disabled.
255K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
1000944K bytes of ATA System CompactFlash 0 (Read/Write)

To disconnect the OS X USB console from the Terminal window

Enter Ctrl-a followed by Ctrl-

[Christian Science Monitor] Web’s identity crisis: Tool of freedom or repression?

I read an interesting article this morning from the Christian Science
Monitor that points out the same Internet that helped drive the
democracy movement in Egypt facilitated Julian Assange and his
decision to disclose diplomatic cables that were clearly gained
illicitly and by that disclosure put many lives at risk.
“Policymakers, diplomats, and military officials must harness the
Internet’s profound possibilities while managing its capabilities to
destroy innocent people and harm democracies throughout the world.”.
Well said.