Freenode Network Hijacked


So, as most of our faithful listeners know my now Security Weekly maintains a channel at freenode (‘#securityweekly’), and we do converse with many of our listeners there.

Unfortunatley, at some point over the weekend, someone malicious took over the freenode network, and may have, for a time impersonated NickServ. As a result, it was related that about 25 individuals had their passwords potentially compromised.

It is sad to see that it has happened, and I’d highly suggest that all of our listeners that visit our channel (or any of the FiT channels, or freenode in general) immediatley change their password if you use that password anywhere else (which we know you don’t ’cause you are good security doobies).

– L

P.S. You will now notice me posting here much more often, as I’ll be posting both here and at haxorthematrix.

Freenode Network Hijacked

Larry Pesce

Larry’s core specialties include hardware and wireless hacking, architectural review, and traditional pentesting. He also regularly gives talks at DEF CON, ShmooCon, DerbyCon, and various BSides. Larry holds the GAWN, GCISP, GCIH, GCFA, and ITIL certifications, and has been a certified instructor with SANS for 5 years, where he trains the industry in advanced wireless and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) hacking. Larry’s independent research for the show has led to interviews with the New York Times with MythBusters’ Adam Savage, hacking internet-connected marital aids on stage at DEFCON, and having his RFID implant cloned on stage at Shmoocon. Larry is also a Principal Instructor and Course Author for the SANS Institute for SEC617: Wireless Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking and SEC556: IoT Penetration Testing. When not hard at work, Larry enjoys long walks on the beach weighed down by his ham radio, (DE KB1TNF), and thinking of ways to survive the impending zombie apocalypse.

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