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BrightTALK webinar: Google Docs Phishing Scam


ICYMI: I moderated a BrightTALK webinar on the recent Google Docs phishing attack.

Join BrightTALK and check out this informative panel discussion featuring myself along with panelists Nathan Wenzler and Kowsik Guruswamy.

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A massive phishing campaign targeting Google accounts ripped through the internet on a Wednesday afternoon in early May. Phishing scams are pretty common. What sets this scam apart is that it is more convincing than most. The email takes users who click on the file to a legitimate Google sign-in screen to grant permissions. If you received the email or are concerned you might be targeted next, join this interactive Q&A panel to get the facts and protect your account and your organization.

We discuss:
– What is the Google Docs email scam?
– How is this scam different from other phishing scams?
– What’s the deal with Eugene Pupov?
– Who’s at risk and how can you avoid being a victim?
– What can we expect in the future?

– Vince Tocce, Vince in the Bay Podcast

– Nathan Wenzler, Chief Security Strategist at AsTech Consulting
– Kowsik Guruswamy, CTO for Menlo Security

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Check out the recent episode of my Golden State Warriors fan podcast!

We recorded this episode on Sunday night (06-19-16) after the Golden State Warriors were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a dramatic Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. I’m joined by co-host Guru, N1k from Toronto, and Hedge76 (calling in from Australia). Topics include: NBA Finals, Game Seven, Warriors, Cavs, LeBron James, Cleveland, NBA, Toronto Raptors, off-season, Bismack Biyombo, Kevin Durant, Lakers, Luke Walton, the Zika virus, wild predictions and more.

Check out my Golden State Warriors fan site The Splash Page!



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PODCAST: Kevin Hitt


Guest: Kevin Hitt reports on eSports for Rotowire and ESPN.com.


eSports :: Thorin :: gaming :: CS:GO :: e-league (TBS) :: gaming organizations :: Luminosity Gaming vs. SK Gaming :: Vince curses in Portuguese :: eSports is serious business :: Gaming Gold Rush :: $600 million industry :: Rick Fox :: Dubs are the center of the universe :: Echo Fox (Rick Fox owned) :: Liquipedia :: first person shooter violence :: video games wussify kids :: Satan :: Shaq, ARod, Jimmy Rollins investors in NRG Esports :: Kevin breaks down basics of eSports gaming industry :: are eSports really “sports”? :: Luminosity Gaming :: Brazilian players :: TACO :: FalleN :: never trust anyone named “Striker” :: Is Gamer Gate the 9/11 of gaming? :: Sexism in gaming and eSports :: Vince Twitter stalks hot Daily Dot eSports reporter :: Steph Curry is better than eSports :: Also, Steph Curry is better than a video game :: MySpace was hacked :: Manila Major coming up ($1.1 million forwinner) :: Ninjas in Pyjamas :: C-S-G-O :: Team Liquid is Vince’s dark horse pick to win :: Vince fake eSports team is “But, It’s Whatever” :: butitswhatsever.com :: BIW Gaming ::  Poaching Tacos :: Vince and Kevin watch TACO live on Twitch :: Adderall drug of choice






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Build Your Own Ahmed Clock


Over the past few days I’ve been following much of the hype surrounding the latest feel-good-news-story-of-the-moment about young Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas.

Being a news junkie and, by default, an avid Twitter user, it seemed like most online sentiment unanimously supported the innocent high school kid. As the days lingered on since, I’ve noticed some people interacting online and being genuinely contentious about this kid’s story and his “clock.” I’ve seen many negative opinions posted about Ahmed, some of which are utter conspiratorial hyperbole.

It wasn’t until I learned that some folks in the maker community were crying foul over the actual device Ahmed allegedly “made” himself when I decided to take a closer look at Ahmed’s clock. I eventually read this makezine.com article (along with its somewhat heated commenters).

The picture of Ahmed’s clock from the article made it seem pretty straightforward.


So, for funzies, I picked up a pencil case for $4 USD and took apart an old clock radio which had been collecting dust and… replicated Ahmed’s clock.

Not much to it. Took me about 30 minutes to do. He simply took the housing off an alarm clock and put the gutted electronics inside a pencil case. He essentially created a portable time box which needs to be plugged in to work.

Of course I took to Twitter for a little show and tell of my own.


What exactly was the device which garnered Ahmed a meeting with the President of the United States (plus support from NASA, MIT, Facebook, etc)?

Here’s my 5 step guide to building your own “Ahmed Clock.”

STEP ONE: get an old digital clock radio, a pencil case and a Phillips head screwdriver


STEP TWO: disemble the clock housingHowtomakeAhmedclock2

STEP THREE: discard the clock housinghowtomakeyourownahmedclock3

STEP FOUR: remove radio receiver and place the remaining clock parts in pencil box


STEP FIVE: use leftover screws to attach display inside the case. Then plug in power.


I admit, when I was 14 years old, taking things apart to see how the electronics worked inside didn’t even remotely cross my mind. So I give props to Ahmed for inspiring me to tinker with old electronics and think “outside the box.”

Also, I feel like an idiot because on my version I snapped off the AM/FM radio portion from the board just so I could closely replicate the clock. This unit would be way cooler with an AM/FM radio included. It’s whatever. I had fun taking it apart.

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