Information Security

spamhole – Backtrack 5 – Exploitation Tools – Social Engineering Tools – HoneyPots – spamhole

Unfortunately spamhole’s day is mostly behind us though I wish I would have been familiar with it earlier. The spamhole application developers took the approach of developing spamhole for other like minded individuals to assist in battling the SPAM issues on the Internet by creating fake open mail relays as possible and thus tricking spammers into sending their SPAM into blackholes or honeypots. It would have been extremely satisfying to watch SPAM enter a spamhole fake open relay I had created and be redirected to nothing. The spamhole application is not working as of Backtrack 5 R3 and is explained in more detail below.

Technology Insights

Google Gmail: Archive Hundreds Or Thousands Of Emails At Once From Gmail Inbox

I am a huge fan of Gmail which I use to consolidate multiple email addresses in one location so I can easily search, store, and manage tens of thousands of emails dating years back. One of the issues I run into is archiving email messages or managing more than the default screen of 25 email conversations at a time. There are two tricks that can assist you managing more than 25 messages at a time using the Gmail web interface which I explain in more detail below. It is also possible to use an email client such as Microsoft Outlook to drag and drop email messages between folders or labels as they are known within Gmail.

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Verify a External USB Hard Drive On a CentOS Linux Computer

Recently I had a hard drive crash that was in a Windows XP laptop. The drive would  not mount under Windows however I was able to eventually mount it under Linux and rescue some of the data. In this article I will describe how to verify the USB hard drive enclosure is seen on a CentOS Linux computer and verify that Linux is able to see the USB device and the drive.

First you will want to remove the hard drive from your Windows XP computer and physically mount it into the USB hard drive enclosure. This will involve connecting it inside (IDE or SATA) and then plugging the USB cable or cables into the CentOS server. Since the hard drive is damaged its hard to know if its not reading it or if you have something misconfigured, a loose cable, etc. Below are a couple tips to make sure that the hard drive is being recognized via the USB connection.