11 March 2021

The Hacker’s Tribute Vol. 65: Free Code Signings!


Dearest Hackers,

Life is just a wonderful heartbeat! And to keep it going, we’ve recruited some of the latest and greatest in tech to keep it pumping. Explore free signings from Linux, uncover the madness of NAT64, and keep your emotions in order – with a shocking revelation of social media algorithms. Finally, keep your head down, as Python strikes back at the evil forces of maliciousness.

It’s all here, and more, in our best-ever issue yet!

Welcome back!

Dan 'The Man' Kowalski

Dan ‘the Man’ Kowalski

Editor-in-Chief, The Hacker’s Tribute

You Mad, Bro?

Why build a robot that can feel emotions – if the robot can manipulate ours!

That much is true, according to an interview with Walter Isaacson, former biographer for Steve Jobs. Alarmingly, it has come to our attention that social media algorithms are engineered to annoy us deliberately. Watch the interview for insights on how triggering our most extreme emotions may be the clue to actionable web behaviours. And here we thought that technology was designed to make us happy. Money talks – and it says we click more when we are mad!

More, More, NAT64!

Round of applause! The brilliance that is NAT64 lets you access all the protocols imaginable without the hassles of the modern world! Take the ultimate virtual tour, from IPv6 to IPv4, and all the way back again. Understand the workings of NAT64, the stark differences between translating fromIPv6 to IPv4, and IPv4 to IPv6! And for even greater edge-of-your-seat excitement – uncover the mysteries behind stateful and stateless NAT64 too. Everything, and more, can be found in this interactive experience by ungleich. Click to see it now!

In a Heartbeat

Human hearts are a big deal amongst the human organs. Hacker’s Tribute would probably even put it in the top 8 of must-have body parts for 2021. But just imagine taking your vital-est of vital signs without even the need for the ol’ trusty stethoscope? That’s right, thanks to some ultra-smart speakers in your home, it’s possible to detect abnormal heart rhythms from afar, from quarantine, or for those who can’t or won’t go to the doctor’s office. Now that’s innovation at its finest.

Nuclear option

Python Package Index deploys the ultimate weapon against a plague of 3,653 uploaded malicious libraries. It all comes from an uncovering by security researcher Alex Birsan, and his discovery of PyPI’s vulnerabilities. PyPI libraries had been compromised recently, leaving users exposed to untrusted codes, some hidden with malware strong enough to knock your socks off. This supports the theory that the internet is at the mercy of flying vultures. Careful; they’re circling above us right now!

Free Code Signings!

Move over, Keanu Reeves, this one’s the real signature we’ve always wanted. The Linux Foundation is launching a superb Google-backed service, made with the divine intention of assisting devs in signing their released code. Learn how to associate a cryptographic signature with a specific digital artefact – release files, container images, and binaries – all in the name of verifying the signature of code for authenticity. At last, the process has been simplified, which boosts the industry through an impeccably-improved supply chain.

Knowledge is free and shared. We’re always on the lookout for new insights into the world of Web and Mobile App Development.

We’ll be in touch with more news, as it happens!

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Hackers of the world dream to be him. And that’s an understatement. With methods decades ahead of cyberspace, he’s proceeded only by his own reputation. ‘The Man’ infamous for single-handedly causing the ’08 global financial meltdown, he dropped off-grid searching for purpose. He twice-dominated each of the Himalayan peaks, negotiated the rift valleys of Africa, and swam the Amazonian Basin end-to-end. It was in Siberia where we caught up to him – convincing him to work for the ‘good guys’. The veteran’s veteran of coding, now confidently within our ranks, is finally a force for good. Just don’t test him.