AIRPORT MADNESS: SECURITY OR INSANITY?

15/11/2009 Written by Roberto Preatoni

Today, I was fly­ing from Lon­don Gatwick to Milan Malpensa with my girl­friend and our two kids and I wit­nessed the mad­dest air­port secu­rity pro­ce­dures ever.
You cer­tainly remem­ber, a few years ago the inci­dent at the Heathrow air­port, those pre­sumed ter­ror­ists car­ry­ing liq­uid bombs and threat­en­ing sacred Queen’s airspace.


The trial of the three sus­pected ended with sev­eral shad­ows. Nev­er­the­less since then we can­not carry any­more liq­uids, creams, deodor­ants in vol­ume larger than 100ml. As if 100ml of nitro­glyc­er­ine would’t be enoug to blow a plane any­way.
Since that time, we have been taught to stay count­less min­utes in line to attend care­ful x-​raying, absolutely point­less as there are both spe­cial mate­ri­als and clothes that can securely con­ceal a weapon from a tra­di­tional metal detector.

We are often asked to “switch on the lap­top” to see if it’s a real lap­top, as if it was impos­si­ble to use half of the bat­tery space to con­ceal explo­sive, still hav­ing the lap­top pow­er­ing on and work­ing. The igno­rancy of the peo­ple at the air­port cheks it’s humongus, I have been asked once to power on my lap­top and to open up an excel file that was on my desk­top. As humon­gous it’s often their arro­gancy, usu­ally they are under­paid pri­vate guards who find their 5 min­utes of glory and power by har­ras­ing and treat­ing us as criminals.

We have been taught to stand those air­port secu­rity people’s faces, scream­ing at you and star­ing at you with an evil eye when­ever you for­got to take away the nail-​clipper from your purse. Yes, nail-​clippers, ter­ror­ists’ most favorite hijack­ing tool. It’s just plain ridiculous.


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Zaki Qureshey boasting having helped Kuwait US Embassy to hack Iraqi networks

08/11/2009 Written by Roberto Preatoni

E2-​labs founder and man­ager, Mr. Zaki Qureshey con­fesses his dark hacker past in front of Ivory Coast gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and key multi­na­tional offi­cials, set­ting the new bar and the high­est stan­dard for “colorful marketing”

Dur­ing this meet­ing, the India’s renowned hacker and futur­ol­o­gist sets new stan­dards also in his­tory, geog­ra­phy and mathematics.

After each of the two videos, some of our com­ments and highligts

Mr. Zaki Qureshey @ 2:25 : “We started this com­pany in year 2002, I was a com­puter expert, I used to serve the Amer­i­can Embassy in Kuwait, you know Iraq? They are neight­bours, they fought a war in year 2001, and I was there in 2003, after the war and I served the Amer­i­can Embassy to get into telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works of Iraqi tele­com and few other works, So this is how I got to security”.

Zone-​H : Here Mr. Zaki Qureshey is a bit con­fused about time-​lines. As he got into secu­rity in year 2003, a year after open­ing E2-​Labs in 2002. Quite of a time-​paradox. So either he was open­ing up the com­pany in 2002 and work­ing a full year with­out any knowl­edge up to when he went into secu­rity in 2003 or he is just mak­ing up sto­ries on the fly. You know where we stand for. Any­how we salute Mr. Zaki Qureshey’s brave­ness in con­fess­ing, to have helped the Evil Amer­i­can Empire in hack­ing their way through Mus­lim coun­tries and “few other works”. You are a brave man, we hope your life in not in dan­ger now that you came out with such confession.

Mr. Zaki Qureshey @ 4:05 : “Believe me, the biggest secu­rity in the world is not FBI, is not CIA, is not Mossad, is not Defense or Mil­i­tary or any­thing else. The biggest secu­rity in the world is Cyber Secu­rity. You now why? Because every coun­try has a bor­der (…) Rus­sia has bor­der with China and India and so many other countries”

Zone-​H : Mr. Zaki Qureshey, we didn’t know that Rus­sia shared the bor­der with India. Is this kind of geog­ra­phy lessons tought in E2-​Labs’ classes? And you can’t really resist to fill your mouth with secret ser­vices, CIA,FBI, can you? Remem­ber, those who can, they always stay shut.

Mr. Zaki Qureshey @ 4:57 “You can sit on this com­puter in Ivory Coast and con­nect to Amer­ica, just in seconds”

Zone-​H : Per­haps it is time to upgrade your dial-​up lines with ADSL?

Mr. Zaki Qureshey @ 5:30 : Mr. Zaki Qureshey start to ask about the job of the peo­ple in front of him and he real­izes they are not idiots. He then ask them if they are sure about the secu­rity level of their orga­ni­zazions by ask­ing “Did you check your web­site security”?

Zone-​H : Mr. Zaki Qureshey, secu­rity is not only deface­ments. Word from Zone-​H, it counts.

Mr. Zaki Qureshey @ 7:40 : Mr. Zaki Qureshey is refer­ring to the bright­ness of his slides pro­jected on the wall: “Hack­ers they have dark pre­sen­ta­tions, I have a light presentation”

Zone-​H : Then you are not a hacker.

Mr. Zaki Qureshey @ 8:05 : “Before, the world, there is some­thing called… the biggest enemy called ter­ror­ism. I don’t know, have you heard about ter­ror­ism in Ivory Coast?”

Zone-​H : No, they never knew what ter­ror­ism was in Ivory Coast before you came. Because this is what you were doing in that pre­sen­ta­tion: terrorism.

Mr. Zaki Qureshey @ 00:30 : Mr. Zaki Qureshey attempts to explain the open­source in num­bers and talks about his pref­er­ences over Microsoft Oper­at­ing Sys­tem: “It’s one of the best oper­at­ing sys­tem in the world (Note: which one!?! You can’t refer to the whole open source world as one sin­gle oper­at­ing sys­tem, there are tons). More secure. Sev­enty per­cent secure, thirty per­cent unse­cure. If you see Win­dows, sev­enty per­cent, ninety per­cent vul­ner­a­ble, ten per­cent not”.

Zone-​H : Thank you Mr. Zaki Qureshey, now every­thing is more clear. The silence in the room after this phrase is embarass­ing. You math­e­mat­i­cal skills are match­ing the leg­endary skills of the best Indian math­e­mati­cians. Your sta­tis­tics over OS secu­rity are accu­rate and updated.

Mr. Zaki Qureshey @ 3:30 — 5:30 : Zaki, you can’t eat like that dur­ing that kind of meet­ings and in front of those peo­ple, it’s not polite , next time try not to do it.

Once again, we thank and salute Mr. Zaki Qureshey for his deci­sion to stand up and reveal to the world his dark past, his con­nec­tions with the evil Amer­i­can empire, his cyber­fight­ers expe­ri­ences through the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works of Iraq “and few other works”. The only award that was miss­ing on E2-​labs web­site is now yours, you worked hard for it. The “ǝʌıʇɐǝɹɔ and colorful marketing” 2009 award.

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Skeletons in Hyderabad's cyber-closet - PART TWO

07/11/2009 Written by Roberto Preatoni

INTER­VIEW WITH DAR­REN WAR­REN, THE HACKER LURED BY E2-​LABS TO HACK INDIAN GOV­ER­MENT COM­PUTER SYS­TEMS.

WARN­ING: this is not a satir­i­cal arti­cle. Every­thing what you are about to read hap­pened for real. The name of the real hacker has been changed, but he is will­ing to reveal him­self and will tes­tify under oath in an India court of law, that the fol­low­ing is a true state­ment of fact.



Zone-​H: Hello Mr. Dar­ren War­ren, we are going to call you by that in this inter­view, as this was the name you used dur­ing a pre­vi­ously released inter­view to an Indian news­pa­per. Do you con­firm that you are avail­able to reveal your­self to Indian author­i­ties and to give tes­ti­mony under oath in a court of law in regards of what you are going to reveal to us in this inter­view?

Dar­ren War­ren: Yes, I do

Zone-​H: Can you start to tell us a bit about your­self,? How did you get in touch with E2-​Labs, the com­pany now located at road n.2 of Ban­jara Hills, Hyder­abad?

Dar­ren War­ren: As an upcom­ing secu­rity researcher I was con­tacted by E2-​Labs of India in 2003 to join the busi­ness as CTO/​CSO and to develop eth­i­cal hack­ing classes. This was due to E2-​Labs heavy pro­mo­tion of such classes in part­ner­ship with Ankit Fadia of which rela­tions had dis­solved but yet were still being highly pro­moted by E2-​Labs them­selves. So basi­cally they needed to hold up the highly touted plans, not only to the press, but to those stu­dents that had already paid the fee for these courses. The was not even an out­line as to the sub­ject mate­r­ial, I had to cre­ate all course lec­tures and mate­ri­als from scratch.
To con­tinue, I had been unem­ployed for some time, so I took up the oppor­tu­nity to travel free/​paid to India, my first trip out­side of the USA.

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BREAKING NEWS: India's mourning its Cyber Crime Squad members

06/11/2009 Written by Roberto Preatoni

BREAK­ING NEWS

SEV­ERAL E2-​LABS CYBER­CRIME SQUAD MEM­BERS REPORTED MISS­ING IN ACTIONS, SEV­ERAL OTH­ERS CRIT­I­CALLY INJUREDNATIONAL CALL FOR BLOOD DONORS

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Sev­eral of the brave E2-​labs’ Cyber Crime Squad mem­bers are reported miss­ing in action. The acci­dent hap­pened today at road n.2 of Ban­jara Hills, Hyder­abad. News reports are still unprecise but it seems that sev­eral mem­bers of the famous team of national heroes whose scope is to pro­tect India’s dig­i­tal bound­aries from bad-​ass cybert­er­ror attacks have been killed while attempt­ing to defuse a logic bomb placed by a group of sep­a­ratists. In the blast, some other Cyber Crime Squad mem­bers are reported in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The Indian Min­is­ter of the Health has issued a call for blood donors.

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Case study: are traditional financial fraud schemes applicable to the Indian IT educational market?

05/11/2009 Written by Roberto Preatoni

Today we indulge our­self in a pure hypo­theth­i­cal activ­ity by ana­lyz­ing whether it would be pos­si­ble to apply tra­di­tional finan­cial fraud schemes to India’s edu­ca­tional mar­ket. We agree, it might look a mere aca­d­e­mic work but later on we might find out that it makes much more sense that what we orig­i­nally thought.

1910 police mugshot of Charles Ponzi

First of all, let’s define what a Ponzi scheme is:
A Ponzi scheme is a fraud­u­lent invest­ment oper­a­tion that pays returns to sep­a­rate investors from their own money or money paid by sub­se­quent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. The Ponzi scheme usu­ally entices new investors by offer­ing return other invest­ments can­not guar­an­tee, in the form of short-​term returns that are either abnor­mally high or unusu­ally con­sis­tent. The per­pet­u­a­tion of the returns that a Ponzi scheme adver­tises and pays requires an ever-​increasing flow of money from investors to keep the scheme going.

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