GitLab database post-mortem

Reading post-mortems for fun and education: On January 31st 2017, we experienced a major service outage for one of our products, the online service The outage was caused by an accidental removal of data from our primary database server.

Recognizing your mistakes

One of my favorite interview questions is: Tell me of one mistake you made and what happened.  Tell me of a second mistake. Tell me of a third. Often a prospect will have one or two readily available, but have to resort to bare honesty by the third. You can learn a lot about them from […]

The Story of how Hacking Team got Hacked

I’ll throw an allegedly in here; Pastebin has a story written by the fellow who hacked Hacking Team about how it was accomplished. Lessons learned are, again: Change default passwords Patch your systems Log account and network activity – identify suspicious activity Secure your backups After sending passwords by email delete the email and change […]