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Friday, March 31, 2017

RECORDING: IRS Fraud Phone Call I Got Today

For your weekend entertainment, here a recording asserting that the IRS is after me:





So, White Hats OR EVEN BLACK HATS, wanna have some fun? Call the number they gave me and give the creeps some heartburn. I know I can't count on the FBI or the NSA to tie a can to their tails. So let's give free enterprise a chance.

The scamer's phone number is 202-684-6838. I suspect it's a burner phone and may not be viable long. But if it is, have at it.

Hey, both Russia and China are big readers of my blog.

Bring these guys down, and I'll owe you one.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Last 200,000 Visitors to This Site

In my business, I live and die on analytics. A mathematician who somehow stumbled into advertising guerrilla warfare, I simply love numbers. So here are some numbers, places, and subjects. Of the last 200,000 visitors to this site, here are the top ten blog subjects:



Links to particular posts
Subjects
Dec 13, 2010
Principle #18 of my 22 principles for the
Perfect Virus
Jul 20, 2011
My litany of stupid cyber defense morons
Jan 1, 2011
For some reason, my Top-10 posts of 2010
continue to draw attention.
Nov 16, 2011, 15 comments
My heap of disrespect for the FBI’s cyber
capabilities.
Dec 18, 2010
A summary of all 22 principles for the
Perfect Virus.
Mar 5, 2014
Why go phishing or finding zero-day bugs
when you can hack the supply chain?
Oct 12, 2011, 1 comment
Absolute proof that Huawei can’t be trusted.
Oct 20, 2010, 3 comments
What if licensed, bonded cyber privateers are
turned loose? High-reward/high-risk answers.
Nov 13, 2010, 6 comments
Pirates of the Caribbean had a “Pirate’s Code.” Here’s
my shot at a Cyber Privateer code of conduct.
Oct 4, 2013, 10 comments
One of my favorite readers (and commenters) is Joseph from
Spain. He’s made monkeys out of the FBI.




Next, who are the top-ten countries who most frequently visited this site?

Pageviews by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers


United States
1
Ukraine
2
France
3
Russia
4
China
5
Germany
6
Israel
7
United Kingdom
8
Poland
9
India
10

So where's the Islamic caliphate? Or North Korea? I have a fairly un-politically-correct assessment, which naturally I'll keep to myself. I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hacking Skid Marks in Your Shorts: ButtValet.com


A couple of BYU entrepreneurs asked me for advice on a company they wanted to launch. Kind of a Dollar Shave Club for frequent travelers plagued with skid marks in their shorts. It took me about 30 seconds to arrive at an available URL: ButtValet.com. You should check out their Facebook site, which they launched yesterday. And another 30 seconds to come up with the verbiage on the back of their individual ButtValet packets: Give these away on the airplane and land yourself a free month's supply with every referral. Talk about viral marketing, heh heh.



I remembered several trips where I really could have used individually wrapped butt wipes to spare myself some serious discomfort. Truly. When I travel for 3 days, I pack 3 sets of shorts. Skid marks on one mean either wearing them for the rest of the day, or, eh, going commando. Once, at a Safeguard Scientifics advisory board meeting in Atlantic City, I rather badly defiled my shorts. Something about the food there? At a group dinner that night, several of my table mates started sniffing the source of the poo smell at the table. I pretended to sniff, myself. We never did discover the culprit, although several heads nodded when one fellow left the table. He was a start-up presenting to the group, hoping to get VC funding. Someone commented that he must have gotten too nervous. We all laughed.

I once had a buddy who had the middle seat on a transcontinental airline flight. He, well, "sharted" himself and did a rather poor job of rinsing out his shorts in the airline lavatory. His seat turned into the seventh level of hell for the people to either side of him.

If you're a frequent traveler, $8 per month will solve a lot of problems.

And if you're one of my CEO buddies, Spencer and Chance (my two BYU buddies) will make your company a swell deal supplying your corporate restrooms with a monthly supply of ButtValet.com pre-packaged wipes. Not only will your employees thank you, but your Monday morning staff meetings will, ah…go a lot more smoothly.

Check out ButtValet.com to see a cute movie they did. The boys didn't like the script I wrote for them. I even bet them my stock position in their company, double or nothing, that my script would out pull their by 100-to-1. But those of you familiar with my guerrilla warfare style can probably guess my script offended the sensibilities of young idealists.

So take a peek at the movie, and their website. And if you sign up for ButtValet monthly deliveries, be sure to write RICK BENNETT as the referring source. You'll get infinite satisfaction as you travel, and I'll get a lifetime supply of wipes for myself. Of course, I don't travel. I get to sit here in "The Pirate Cottage" and come up with outrageous marketing ideas for my high-tech clients. Thank Heaven for GoToMeeting and the Internet.

Selah.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hacking Horse Race Challenge: Russia or Israel?

Yo Black Hats International,

How about you try to get this simple script onto the CNN website? Permanently. Here it is:


Want to see what it looks like?  Here ya go:

http://sitecloudcentral.com/page/ubdHdX4ktTMm

Just click on the above. Good, clean fun.

Russia or Israel. For the championship.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hacking Your Enemy's Website (And It's Legal)

Okay, THIS is interesting. How would you like to drop an animated or even real-liveperson video onto your competition's website? Just get yourself a GREEN SCREEN setup from Amazon ($138 including tax and shipping) and shoot something. Here's my raw video:

Then I used this via VideoPal.io to get it onto my test website. Check out that site:


I could have dropped it onto ANY WEBSITE with the new URL supplied by the guys at VideoPal. Then I just promote their URL in mail to my "community" (protesters, anarchists, hackers, etc.) and let them post it to their communities.

Want to see what it looks like on the CNN website? Click on

Let me know what you think.