Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shmucks of the Week: &

This time, the "shmuck of the week" goes to Poland: in a rather shameless fashion, the idiots from and have literally stolen my GPL'd password generators: Martech has implemented them into a shitty piece of software called "Martech SBS Service Tools" which they are trying to sell. They didn't even bother to hide their theft: the message in the screenshot below is copied verbatim from one of my scripts: are trying to sell the passwords themselves for 50 USD each:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Shmuck of the Week: Felix Hernandez

Felix runs a shady business by basically selling the results my GPL'd work to naive people. Since I'm such a dandy fellow, he wants me to help him fill his pockets some more by reverse-engineering the password schemes used in Sony and Dell laptops:

From: Felix Hernandez (
Date: 02/22/2010 08:46:55 PM
Hello Friend I'm Mexican and my truth because just like you I like the
community help me ah been very helpful all you've developed programs to
generate the master passwords
That's why I want to give the link to unlock the sony vaio to send the
disabled system error
Only need the last serial number of the laptop to come on back
 Hear also want to see if you can help me learn how to unlock sony vaio
onetime password and dell 595B 2A7B A95B

Guess what, Felix...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Shmucks of the Month

So I stumbled across these sellers on eBay who seek to gain financial profit from my work:
I get emails every now and then which strongly suggests that the eBay stuff is merely the tip of the iceberg. For instance, one guy complained that he paid a substantial amount of money to obtain the scripts which I have released under the terms of the GPL for free. Apparently, I'm fueling a small industry.
That being said, I want to make clear one thing: I'm not interested in financial profit, but merely in the technical challenge which lies in breaking these security systems (or rather 'obscurity systems').