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My participation at #Afrinic29 in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia

My participation at Afrinic-29 in Hammamet, Tunisia was productive and unique in itself. The event took place between 26-30 November 2018 at Diar Lemdina hotel. These are the days that will always be remembered. Situated in the north of Tunisia, Yasmine Hammamet was the place selected and it was close to the beach. I still can’t believe I was on the Mediterranean beach discussing about Internet-related topics such as DNS, DNSSEC and Policies development in Africa region.

Before departing, I seized the opportunity to make a video and posted in on my Tunnelix.com Facebook Page as well as on my Tunnelix Twitter account.

For some reasons, I had to travel to Hungary, then to Germany then to Tunisia. So I got the opportunity to spend a night in Munich on Transit. The hotel in Munich was pretty nice and cozy. On the next day, I flew to Tunisia. Once landed in Carthage in Tunisia, the atmosphere was pretty polluted, but as soon as I reached Yasmine Hammamet, things are different. It was a pretty beautiful and calm place.

My main objectives were to :

  • Focus on the DNSSEC hackathon carried out under the umbrella of cyberstorm.mu titled Operation KSK-ROLLOVER.
  • Sharing knowledge in the Africa region.
  • Allocation of IPv4 and IPv6 in Africa region.
  • Presenting DNS and DNSSEC.
  • DNS Flag day.
  • Security incidents on DNS.
  • Policy discussion development in Africa.

During the event, I got the opportunity to speak with Afrinic29 fellow, Souad Abidi who shared pretty good experience about the event.

Also met with some guys from Chad republic and we shared some Linux and network techniques. Besides, I met with several guys from the ATI Tunisia telecom and we discussed a lot about the event especially about Policy development. I’m glad to receive media coverage from the cyberstorm.mu team who supported me a lot as well as ICT.IO who published an article about the event.

Overall, the event was very productive. I seized the opportunity to congratulate Afrinic staffs during the open mike session. Indeed, they did a good job which demands extreme planning. During my speech on DNSSEC as Devops engineer at Orange Business Services, several issues were raised such as hackathon carried out by the cyberstorm.mu team and even prospective future hackathon concerning other DNS applications. I also attended few sessions on IPv6, Cert Africa and others. Also got the opportunity to meet with people who are very busy with Policy development in Africa as well as the father of Africa Internet, Nii Quaynor.

During my free time especially at night, I went to the NA3NA3A Karaoke Tunisian songs. It was pretty nice and unique. Took some videos and made some audio recording for the car whilst i’m driving.

You can also view my youtube playlist for Afrinic29 here and here

Several pictures also taken can be viewed here my Flicker Account:

Afrinic29


Phishing Attack – Free Travel tickets with Emirates Airline

Today itself, a friend sent me a message about free travel ticket with Emirates airline through WhatsApp. On seeing the URL, I immediately doubt about the authenticity of such kind of strategy spammers are using to make money as well as to harvest data about you. Once you fill in the form, it will prompt you to share the information to 30 people on WhatsApp to get your ticket. Common, this does not make sense at all and I believe that the website should be reported and Emirates Airline to make an official announcement on its website about these scammers.


Photo Credits: Emirates.com

The message sent to me was in French. Since I’m well conversant in French, I could easily read and interpreted it. The message received is as follows:


“Pour le 33° Anniversaire, la compagnie aérienne *Emirates Airline* donne à tout le monde *2 billets d´avion gratuits*. Récupérez votre billets d´avion immédiatement. http://bit.ly/Emirates-airline”

The translation looks like this in English:

“For the 33rd Birthday, the aviation airline “Emirates Airline” is giving a free *2 air travel tickets. Get your airline tickets immediately. http://bit.ly/Emirates-airline”

If you observed carefully the real URL has been shortened on bit.ly. There is nothing wrong when using bit.ly which is a great tool for URL shortener. However, if you try to access the URL, you will be redirected on http://5ack.com/Emirate/ which is well known for attacks.

Let’s see what does the whois tool said about 5ack.com:

1.According to domaintools.com, the IP Address behind is 107.180.59.131 

2. The IP Address 107.180.59.131 is well known for attacks and there is no real information as to who is behind this domain name.

3. Worst, the domain 5ack.com has a history of 55 counts of changed IP addresses.

Extract from domaintools.com

4. On the following link https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/65945/2018/11/14/2 we can see someone has blacklisted the IP 107.180.59.131 who at that time was selling health supplement. Of course, it’s fake again.

Please don’t click on the link otherwise you might eat those baits and be a victim of Phishing attacks. I wonder how come those links ended in Mauritius which is probably due to French-speaking people here in Mauritius. Otherwise, several French-speaking countries in Africa is at risk. I wish someone from the security team of Emirates Airline read that blog and made an official announcement soon about those spammers hovering everywhere on the Internet. Let’s work together for a safe and secure Internet and keep on passing the message.


IETF 103 hackathon remotely by cyberstorm.mu – Day 2 & 3

In case you missed Day-0 and Day-1 for the IETF 103 hackathon by the cyberstorm.mu team, feel free to have a look. I should admit that Day-2 was a more relaxed day for the SSH team compared to those working for the TLS 1.3 and HTTP 451 projects. Several PR’s sent for all the three tracks which are HTTP 451, SSH and TLS 1.3. It’s more about the testing.


It looks that we had enough time to discuss even more about our future move for the next IETF hackathon. All teams were ready with the patches and several Pull Requests sent. We seized the opportunity to discuss several aspects and experience during the hackathon. Overall, the IETF 103 hackathon went well for all the three tracks.

As regards for the NetSSH project which I worked there was a comment from Mzafekas on Github: “

@jmutkawoa thanks much for the PR. Since this is in some means a breaking change, this would be in the next major version.”

I’m glad that we will have the RC4 deprecated in the new version of NetSSH. We had our live presentation remotely from Mauritius during the IETF 103 hackathon live in Bangkok, Thailand. You can view the presentation here:


IETF Hackathons encourage developers to collaborate and develop utilities, ideas, sample code and solutions that show practical implementations of IETF standards. More than 200 participants have gathered in Bangkok to make the Internet work better.
 
As usual, someone got an idea to do a mega splash in the pool with the slow-motion video which is pretty nice 🙂
 

 

I’m glad that TheRegister also published an interesting article about RC4 deprecation. At cyberstorm.mu, we are also looking forward to the next IETF 104 hackathon which has been scheduled remotely at Prague, Czech.


IETF 103 hackathon remotely by cyberstorm.mu – Day 1

Day-0 for the IETF 103 hackathon was really fun. We had two first-timers who worked pretty hard. It was really an intense moment on Day 1. Everyone was busy with their projects. I should admit it was pretty intense. Our first pull request was already merged by Muzaffar from the TLS 1.3 whereas kheshav had the testing part to complete for HTTP 451. I already send a pull request for SSH for the NetSSH Ruby library. We discussed a lot on implementation and testing part. Nathan, Jeremy, and Rahul also worked heavily on the TLS 1.3 implementation. For the IETF 103, we decide to skip the interoperability testing and focus more on implementation.

IETF 103 DAY1

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When it comes to goodies, WolfSSL congratulated us for a good job and sent us several goodies and other stuff.

However, on the SSH side, we have to deprecate RC4 in several projects such as NetSSH and JSCH, a JAVA library. On TLS 1.3, SNI added to Httperf, a TLS 1.3 library is still on progress on CSharp and LUA. We also have one module for Drupal and Django for HTTP 451.


IETF 103 hackathon remotely by cyberstorm.mu – Day 0

Today is the first day for the IETF 103 remote hackathon in Mauritius. The cyberstorm.mu team is ready to lead and participate in all the three tracks as champions for the event. We have the TLS 1.3, SSH and HTTP 451. All the three tracks are lead by cyberstorm.mu as champions.

Members participating in the event are :

TLS 1.3 protocol

HTTP 451 protocol

SSH protocol

Our first timers for the IETF 103 hackathon is Kheshav Sewnundun, creator of XpressLiteCoin.com and Devops Engineer at Linkbynet Indian Ocean. We also have Diresh Soomirtee, Junior system administrator at Linkbynet Indian Ocean.

Prior before the hackathon, we did some shopping for the basic amenities.  We reached at the quarter at a Mauritius Villas, a bungalow in Pointe Aux Piments at around 13:00 hrs. The network was set up with two different ISPs in case of breakdown, we can still be live during the hackathon.

We also celebrated Kifah’s birthday during the hackathon.

At cyberstorm.mu, it’s always the pool that brings more relaxing time. We are also in the Halloween week and some guys even brought their Halloween costumes and went swimming inside the pool.

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Most of us already started working on our projects and some pull requests already sent. More testing on progress as well as creating of several patches. We even need to have a discussion on open source licensing to make sure that there are incompatibility issues between different licenses. We made a plan for the three tracks we are championing and it looks to start pretty fine.

By this time, it’s already late here. I really need some sleep to start day 1 for the IETF 103 hackathon 🙂