Some National Day Reflections

(This isn’t a cybersecurity blog post. This is just some thoughts of a patriotic citizen on National Day.) I remembered ever writing my thoughts when the late LKY passed away in 2015 in a post as part of being a socio-political writer. Those were times when, as a student, one could flirt with many different…

The Year of the Smartphone

It was Lunar New Year festivities, once again. For Kate and her brother, Charles, it was a festive occasion once again. Kate could return to her grandmother’s home to show her her latest single. Charles wanted to gorge on as much food as possible, and collect as many angpows as he could. The family soon…

What Might the Future Hinterland Be?

On Wednesday, I attended a lecture on Singapore’s development as a port city. It coincided with our bicentennial since the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on Singapore’s shores in 1819. Throughout history, Singapore as a small territory was in search of a hinterland. Most successful cities operate on the premise of having hinterlands that support…

Another Year?

“So, what are your resolutions for the new year?”“I shall think about it tomorrow, on New Year’s Day.” Ok, now that it is New Year’s Day, now what? First, let us perhaps take stock of some of the key resolutions. There were hits and misses. Passing the OSCP. A hit after plenty of sufferance. 🙂…

A Digression: The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) — Part 3 of 3

#offsec #pentest #training #tryharder Say “try harder”… Here I will deviate from most typical OSCP reviews and discuss a little about creating machines. If we can break machines and obtain administrator privileges, can we create them? One way to get good at a subject is to approach it from different perspectives. For instance, we peer-tutor…

A Digression: The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) — Part 2 of 3

#offsec #pentest #training #tryharder I want to try harder and earn my OSCP! What should I do? Well, this part of the review is meant for you! How Much Did the Author Know Before Taking the OSCP? Unlike most people who took the OSCP, I took it knowingly that my fundamentals were not good. After all, my background…

A Digression: The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) — Part 1 of 3

#offsec #pentest #training #tryharder (Note to all who have read Part I on my other page — yes, I’m in the midst of shifting my blog; this is a replication of Part I on my previous site, with very minor edits.) (WARNING: This review is very cheesy. If you can’t take it, try harder.) Many a…