DEFCON 25 – SOCIAL ENGINEERING CAPTURE THE FLAG
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CLOUDERA PODCAST INTERVIEW ON HACKER COMMUNITY
DEFCON 21 – Hacking Refrigerators (on RT)
VITB on CNN’s MOSTLY HUMAN with Laurie Segal
VICTIM TESTIMONY AT JEREMY HAMMOND SENTENCING
On Friday, 28-year-old Stratfor leaker Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison plus three years of supervised release. For the most part, Hammond’s family, his friends, and reporters (including myself) filled the front right side of the courtroom. On the left side of the room sat about 40 West Point academy cadets (present on a field trip to learn about law), their superior officers, and a gang of court marshals breathing down the necks of yet more Hammond supporters toward the back left side of the room.
In that cohort was Vince Tocce, whom you might know as Vince In the Bay from his podcast. Behind the cadets, surrounded by federal court marshals, and seated near an activist who identified himself as Banksy, Vince sat through the same tedious court procession I did, but with a different and personal stake in the proceedings.
After a couple hours of last-minute redactions, final arguments, and Hammond delivering his own statement (in which he was cutoff for blurting out some earlier-redacted names of hacked nations), Judge Preska asked if any victims were present. And immediately, the guy-who-said-he-was-Banksy threw up his hand up and shouted, “I’m a victim!” A half-dozen court marshals promptly escorted him out of the room after he’d begun his testimony: “I’m a victim… of the FBI repression!”
But Vince wasn’t about to let the performance go unfollowed, and in a brave act of spontaneity, decided he too would step forward. As he approached a podium, my corner of the courtroom looked on, perplexed. Could actual Stratfor-leak victims be here?
When Vince got to the podium that directly faced the judge, he glanced back at Jeremy who wore a look of confusion. But as Vince gave the following testimony, and continuously flailed gestures and made quarter-turns in Jeremy’s direction, he could see the defendant smirking.
The Judge struggled to keep Vince on subject of the damages caused by Hammond himself. “Damage. Okay, damage. I’ve had-I’ve had three computers rooted. Do you know what rooted is?” Vince asked.
“You ever been pizza bombed? I was pizza bombed several times. You ever been Chinese food bombed?” At points, the judge had to ask for order. “I wanted to throw myself in front of a train several times—I almost did—because of Anonymous,” said Vince. “Because of fucking Anonymous.”
So, here’s the court’s transcript of Vince’s testimony—the excerpt I specifically requested from the court’s reporters. It does contain some slight inaccuracies, (specifically the court-interpreted “DocSpin,” which should actually read “Doxbin”, and a role-reversal on page 3, lines 19 and 20), but it captures a bizarre moment, and a fleeting glimmer of levity on what was otherwise a bleak morning in a thick-carpeted courtroom.
Vince on MIKE’S DAILY PODCAST
Mike Matthews talks about Qatar, the Virginia shooter, the Samsung blunder, and CNNMoney’s Mostly Human on MATTHEWS NEWS. Plus it’s Madame Rootabega, Valentino, Bison Bentley, and the return of the much-loved segment INTO AN INTERVIEW with VINCE of the tech podcast Vince In the Bay! Next show it’s Chely Shoehart, Floyd the Floorman, and John Deer the Engineer.
Vince on Suicide Girls Radio
ICYMI: Here’s our August 1st pre-DefCon show featuring Marni Kinrys (Wing Girl), Vince In The Bay (Blog Talk Radio), Dell Cameron (VICE), and Brewin and Moon Suicide. Interweb trouble has a habit of following Vince around and this show was no exception. Though it was perhaps fitting that on the eve of our trip to the hacker-fest that was DefCon 21 in Las Vegas, our show got DDoSed and pizza bombed, and one of our girls got d0xed, all in the space of two short hours!
Thursday, August 1st on SuicideGirls Radio host Nicole Powers was joined in studio by dating expert Marni Kinrys of The Wing Girl Method and podcaster and online personality Vince In The Bay. Though they occupy very different worlds, they have much in common. As a mainstay of the Pick Up Artist scene, Marni teaches Social Engineering skills to men who want to improve their love life, and as the host of a popular Blog Talk Radio show which is beloved by hackers, trolls and Twitter tricksters, Vince is surrounded by denizens of the internet who are experts at SE. This week’s panel will be completed by VICE contributor Dell Cameron, and special guest co-hosts Moon and Brewin Suicide.
You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading naked radio show live on Thursday nights from 6 til 8 PM at our new state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com/LA.
About Marni Kinrys | @WingGirlMethod
Educated at University of Western Ontario (Canada) with a BA in psychology, Marni Kinrys is the ultimate Wing Girl. A woman who puts her insider knowledge to good use for the betterment of all men by telling them what women really want, not what they say they want. Over the past eight years, Marni has collaborated with the top male attraction experts, sharing expertise and advice to help men find their ideal partners. She has worked with thousands of men all over the world to help them understand women so they can attract, date, seduce and get any woman they want without being a jerk. Her method is based on the key principle that: You gotta turn yourself on first before any woman will ever be attracted to you. Marni was recently awarded “World’s Best Female Pick-Up Artist” from the World Pick Up Artist Summit in Hollywood, CA and was honored as the “World’s Best Wing Girl” at the 2010 Global Pick-Up Conference. For more on Marni and her dating technique visit: winggirlmethod.com
About Vince In The Bay | @VinceintheBay
Vince is a podcaster, filmmaker, cyber criminal and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Vince’s short films have screened at various film festivals and his short documentary “A Subway Siren” was broadcast on PBS. He has shot/produced music videos for artists such as The Coup, Atari Teenage Riot, Galactic, and Black Sheep. As an activist, Vince has participated in campaigns against The Federal Reserve (End The Fed) and BART Police (Operation BART). Presently he is host of “Disorderly Conduct”, an Internet radio call-in show covering current events, digital activism, cyber crime, technology, politics, music, sexuality and featuring calls from some of the Internet’s most mentally challenged characters. Listen here: blogtalkradio.com/vinceinthebay
Reuters article on cybercrime
Dan Levine – JUNE 16, 2011 / 3:18 PM /
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Computer hacks that cause more mischief than money losses are often prosecuted by U.S. authorities, but long prison sentences are rare.
The takedown of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s website is the most recent example of a mischievous kind of hack. There was no immediate evidence that any sensitive data was compromised when the agency’s website went down on Wednesday.
U.S. cybercrime laws apply to attacks regardless of whether there have been data breaches, said Ross Nadel, a former federal prosecutor who specialized in investigating computer crimes.
Even if a hacker does not steal information, a victim need only show that he or she suffered $5,000 in damage in a one-year period to trigger prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, he said.
“You can get to $5,000 just by hiring a lawyer,” said Thomas Nolan, a San Jose, California-based attorney who has defended hackers.
Investigating attacks is always difficult for prosecutors. Rather than directly attack a website, hackers often use intermediary computers that have been previously compromised, Nadel said.
But the hacking of the CIA website will likely get an close look. The government usually prioritizes high dollar crimes — or those that target government institutions.
“Of course if someone is attacked like the CIA, I would assume that is going to be taken very seriously,” Nadel said.
Cyber attacks have targeted multinational companies and institutions in recent weeks, including Sony Corp, Citigroup and the International Monetary Fund. Sony faces dozens of lawsuits related to the theft of consumer data from its Playstation network.
The same hacker group that claimed responsibility for the Sony breach, Lulz Security, said it targeted the CIA website.
The government does go after hackers who do not exact a high financial cost. As with other white-collar crimes, though, the length of any potential prison sentence greatly depends on the severity of financial loss.
An attack that costs millions ramps up federal sentencing guidelines that a defendant faces, while one that is less costly often ends in probation, Nolan said.
Albert Gonzalez, an American who pleaded guilty in connection with the computer hacking of several major U.S. retailers, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year. More than 40 million credit and debit card numbers were said to have been stolen in the scheme.
But last month, a former contractor for the animal rights group PETA Foundation was sentenced to a year of probation and $1,400 in restitution for logging into the organization’s server from his Los Angeles apartment, according to court papers.
“I was upset that I had been fired,” the contractor, Vincent Tocce, said in his plea agreement. He admitted to deleting about 575 video and HTML files that he had previously worked on.
LINK TO REUTERS ARTICLE: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cybercrime-prosecutions-idUKTRE75F7G820110616
AP article on “Fancy Bears” website
By RAPHAEL SATTER – LONDON (AP)
Sep. 16, 2016
Fancy Bears’ website doesn’t necessarily provide any more insight. Some its artistry appears to have been lifted from a Russian clip art page. But tech podcaster Vince Tocce also found Korean script in the site’s code — characters which vanished shortly after he made his discovery public . In a telephone interview, he said that showed how difficult it was to take anything for granted.
— Vince in the Bay (@VinceintheBay) September 15, 2016
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VINCE ON GHOST POLITICS RADIO
COUPTV in SF WEEKLY
CoupTV is produced, directed, and edited by Vince Tocce. The graphic design and art direction are by Vince Tocce. “You get the picture,” Boots Riley explains. “Vince Tocce hooked this muthafucka up. If you check it out, you’ll see that he’s done one helluva job.”
The Coup at Coachella 2007 (PART 1)
The Coup at Coachella 2007 (PART 2)
(shot/edited/produced by Vince Tocce)