That was fun. Some wind. A series of short powercuts at the office. A tripped breaker and a depleted UPS. A number of servers hard powered off before they were shutdown. And 4 hours recovering the situation so our developers can continue working first thing tomorrow morning as if nothing had happened.
Key takeaways from this incident are:
1/ Use unique email addresses with each organisation you share data with
2/ Don't share accurate information unless absolutely necessary
3/ Although my password was not breached, unique passwords are vital
4/ If you need to share a phone number, consider a second SIM and dual SIM phone or consider a service like mysudo
5/ Sign up to Troy Hunt's HIBP
6/ Exercise your rights under privacy legislation and complain when they are not upheld
There's been some development in respect to personal data I shared with Cisco that wound up in the Apollo data breach.
1/ Cisco have apologised for initially telling me they did not pass any data to Apollo
2/ Cisco have apologised for being in breach of article 34 of GDPR and not notifying me
3/ I have been provided a copy of the data that was breached. The only factually accurate information I provided to Cisco was a unique email address and my name. Everything else thankfully was fake
The only draw back with pxebooting slax is the hardcoded port number for its http downloads, coupled with the requirement that all the files it needs being in the wwwroot folder. It's impossible to have x64 and x86 versions available without ugly hacks (PXE chain loading from a virtual IP on the pxe server and binding a web server to that IP)
Slax btw is a great fast booting Debian-based live distribution, well worth trying and supporting https://www.slax.org/
Two hours wasted for a misdiagnosed problem. I wanted to have the Slax live distro as a boot option on my PXE server as an alternative to DRBL. I could not figure out why the TFTP portion worked, but the HTTP version didn't. Of course it is TFTP downloading a kernel and when it initialises, the virtio networking stops working. What I thought was a PXELINUX problem was fixed in the end by switching the proxmox VM I was testing with from virtio to emulated E1000.
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Just dawned on me over 80% of the physical computer hardware I own is second hand.
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Setup MITMproxy so I can see if my android phone is doxxing me. I am running Lineage 15 sans Google Play etc. and only using F-Droid apps without anti-features
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Why do people who cross post from twitter? Is it insecurity about small followership on masto? Lazyness? Do they think posting here will garner them followers there? Or are they just whoring out their warez and trying to broaden their net? Whatever way I look at it, it doesn't look good.
Finally got another piece of ansible done for my home servers. Intel IOMMU kernel parameter now set on the Linux command line. Next spare ten minutes I will look at an ansibling up an IPMI command to adjust BMC fan speed warning thresholds. Then I need to work out how I get my current DHCP and BIND configuration into a highly available setup with minimal fuss/unavailability.
boring and old
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