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Netgear WNR1000v3 backdoor/bug

by on May.24, 2014, under News, Techie

Friendly IT post for my techie friends:
If you have a Netgear WNR1000v3 (Firmware confirmed, maybe others?), please make sure you have Remote Access locked down or turned off. While in your router checking this please see if you have had your WAN changed (will be changed to DHCP by the bot) or your DNS set to something you don’t recognize ( and confirmed). If so change everything back to what it should be and start changing your passwords online. Looks like there is some kind of bug or backdoor that a bot is using to hack these routers. Might affect other models too, but so far I can not find any online posts about this. I have worked with 2 people and can confirm this seems to have started making rounds on Friday May 23rd.
If your have the above router and your ISP installed it, I would hope and assume they locked down Remote Access (like Action Communications does to protect their customers from these kind of hacks).

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Let’s stop CISPA (H.R. 624)!

by on Apr.17, 2013, under News, Techie

Below is a post by Western Nebraska Libertarian Party that explains everything plus includes some good links for more information:

Last year, CISPA (then H.R. 3261 aka SOPA) sought to create powerful new protections for companies who wanted to sidestep privacy law in order to share sensitive user information with the government without judicial oversight. CISPA may also result in more sharing to the National Security Agency, which the Libertarian Party and civil liberties groups like the ACLU and EFF oppose.

Please see the following links and take time to contact your Representative in the House Senators about why we must stand together and vote AGAINST H.R. 624 (CISPA – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act).

Below are a few links that provide some more information on this bill:

(EFF) – CISPA Goes to The Floor for a Vote, Privacy Amendments Blocked

(CNET) – Privacy protections booted from CISPA data-sharing bill

(Downsized DC) – CISPA: Would you sacrifice the rule of law for security? (link previously posted by the Libertarian Party via Google+)

Below are quick links to the contact information for our Congressman and Senators:

Congressman for the 3rd District of Nebraska:

Congressman Adrian Smith
E-mail Form
Scottsbluff Office Phone: (308) 633-6333
Washington, DC Office Phone: (202) 225-6435

Senators for Nebraska:

Senator Deb Fischer
E-mail Form
Washington, DC Office Phone: (202) 224-6551

Senator Mike Johanns
E-mail Form
Scottsbluff Office Phone: (308) 632-6032
Washington, DC Office Phone: (202) 224-4224

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Forming Western Nebraska Libertarian Party (!

by on Apr.04, 2013, under News

Together with Ben Backus I am working to form the Western Nebraska Libertarian Party. See below:

The Western Nebraska Libertarian Party (WNLP) was created to give Libertarians in the panhandle of Nebraska a way to connect and organize. Currently WNLP serves as a way for people from the individual counties to pool their resources until they have enough members to create Libertarian Party organizations within their own counties. If you would like to become a member of WNLP or better yet start your own county party, check out the “about us” and “contact us” information above. Live and let live!

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Gaming Server Update!

by on Feb.09, 2013, under News, Video Games

Got the new 147GB 10k SCSI2 Hard drives installed and CentOS 6.3 rolling. Since RHEL 6 (and therefor CentOS 6.x) dropped support for Xen in favor of KVM I have decided to run MineCraft, TF2 MvM, etc. from the core OS as unprivileged users vs. learning a new visualization service. With a non-Xen Kernel and since my process supports PAE I can access the full 12GB of RAM directly even with a 32-bit OS.

I will be racking and finishing the base config this Monday with hopes to have MineCraft running by the following weekend!

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RAID issues after last server outage

by on Feb.01, 2013, under News, Video Games

After getting the server back up and going from the power supply issue last fall I found some errors in the Software (bleh!) RAID 5 and while working with them I lost I/O access. A reboot has sense caused everything on the Software RAID 5 to so far be lost. I am in the process of trying to restore the Software RAID 5 and if all else fails I will just start the new server fresh and we will have a new MineCraft world. SORRY!

More later…

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