Archive for February, 2003

The Art of Deception

Friday, February 28th, 2003

I’ve been reading “The Art of Deception” by Kevin Mitnick & William L. Simon (ISBN 0-471-23712-4) which deals with the biggest security hole of all, The Human. What he does in the book is layout various social engineering scenarios (each using different tactics) and then goes through “Analyzing the Con”, showing what the con did and what the victim could/should have done to prevent the attack. Some of the scenarios he describes he actually carried out himself! As you read through the chapters the stakes and the methods of the attacks get higher and more advanced and somewhere around Chapter 10 you realize that humans really are the weak link in security. No matter who you work for or how large your business is I suggest you pick up this book and study it! At the end of the book Mitnick gives sample security policies and other methods to avoid the social engineer.

In personal perspective, I work as an 18-wheeler truck loader for a large shipping company. After reading this book I’m embarrased at the security for my facility. But as a grunt man there isn’t much I can do about it aside from staying cautious on my own.


Friday, February 28th, 2003

I picked up the TRAPT CD last night. I had heard the radio single “Headstrong” and loved the style. Still, new band, debut CD, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I played it and was quite surprised by the range of styles these guys covered. I would deffinetly reccomend this album to anyone especially if you like Chevelle, TRUSTcompany or Audiovent.

Welcome to MyDimension

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

Well, what to say. This is the personal weblog/playspace of William Cox aka. MyDimension. As the next few days and weeks roll by I will stabilizing this site and working on the kinks of being live online. The initial setup went great thanks to the folks at

Some things I will cover in this blog include web standards (XHTML, CSS, etc.), online happenings, Movies, Music and anything else I feel like sharing with the online community.

So as things get rolling, bear with me. I have a lot planned that is not implemented. I plan to add a commenting system, a pingback system, possibly trackback and whatever else seems neccesary to make this a succesful blog. This is where you the reader can play a big part. Just send me some feedback and tell me your views on what I’m doing here.

Here’s to blogging and the independant content producer.