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22Jan/14Off

The Insecurity of Everything

As we all know, it is becoming a standard to have every electronic device that you own connected to the Internet. In the past, we thought of our networking gear, servers, and workstations as our main points to protect from unwanted access and malicious code. As technology progresses, everything from your watch to home appliances are now connected to the Internet. This opens up a whole new attack vector.

I recently ran in to an article by Proofpoint that outlines a recent hack that infected over 100,000 hosts to run a SPAM attack. The research shows that more than 25% of the devices used in the attacks were consumer based products, even including a refrigerator! This is just one of many stories I hear and I believe that we will start seeing a lot more of this.

Let's face it, security is not always the focus of non-security geeks. With more devices coming online, is there an industry for refrigerator security software or maybe we sill start seeing the old 90's hacking pranks start to surface again!

Link to Proofpoint article - Proofpoint Uncovers Internet of Things (IoT) Cyberattack

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21Jan/14Off

Using PowerCLI To Answer All CD-ROM Override Questions

I recently ran in to a scenario where multiple cd-rom drives were disconnected from 100's of virtual machines and there were questions generated for each. In order to quickly answer and clear the questions, you can simply use this one liner after connecting to vCenter (Connect-VIServer):

Get-VM | Get-VMQuestion | Set-VMQuestion -Option "Yes" -Confirm:$false

Note than the "-Confirm:$false" will not prompt you as the script runs, taking care of each question automatically. If you would rather see each confirmation, you can remove the the Confirm switch.