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Redis is a powerful in-memory data structure store which has many uses including a database, a cache, and a message broker. Most people often think of it a simple key-value store, but it has so much more power. I will be going over some real world examples of some of the many things Redis can do for you.
Recently, Ars Technica posted an article describing how a malicious seed generator, iotaseed.io (now offline), was able to steal almost $4 million (!) worth of IOTA from its users’ wallets. The way they describe this is that the website “stored data about each seed generated along with information about the wallet it was associated with, allowing whoever was running the site (or whoever hijacked it) to simply wait until wallets were filled and then cash them out.” This made me curious, so I decided to look into the technical details of how the scam was pulled off.
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“Just” makes me feel like an idiot. “Just” presumes I come from a specific background, studied certain courses in university, am fluent in certain technologies, and have read all the right books, articles, and resources.
I wrote a post recently describing how I distributed malicious code that gathers credit card numbers and passwords from thousands of sites in a way that’s quite difficult to detect. The comments this post received filled me with joy, expressing such sentiments as “chilling”, “disturbing”, and “utterly terrifying”. (Much like the compliments I receive on the dance floor.) In this follow-up post I’d like to put down the megaphone put forward some practical advice.