Gregory A. Baker



Then Versus Now

Then Versus Now

Growing up in Columbia County back in the early 1980s was a much different experience than you find today. The growth, of course, is easy to see. Back then, there were only two high schools (with split sessions) versus the five today. Washington Road was a two-lane road with only a single stop light between read more

The Life of Botnet Virus

The Life of Botnet Virus

Hello. Are you there? Hello. This is… hold on… what’s my MAC? Yes, this is ZeuS971741. Are you there? Hello. This is ZeuS971741 trying to check in. Is anyone out there? Please respond. Ah, the heck with this. I’ve tried all the different IPs. No one is going to respond. Command and control is down. read more

A Week of Security Onion

A Week of Security Onion

The first indication of a problem occurred at 8:27 a.m. My shift partner, Sarah, and I had just arrived at our stations when the IDS alert popped up on the SGUIL dashboard. SNORT detected network traffic that indicated the possible existence of a JAVA exploit on the network. A few seconds later, another alert indicated read more

The Real Story of Net Neutrality 

The Real Story of Net Neutrality 

It took a while, but I finally get it. Net neutrality was never about protecting the little guy. We all pretty much knew that going in. After all, the recent push for net neutrality originated from a play of crony capitalism by Netflix. (“Please, Mr. Government, protect us from those evil people at Comcast!”) Now read more

Grunt Work 2.0

Grunt Work 2.0

My grandfather built Augusta. Well, at least certain parts of it. He spent his entire life working construction. Growing up, I remember Granddaddy driving us through what are now considered old Augusta neighborhoods. He would point out every house that his crew built. He remembered every single one, and each house had a story that read more

The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

Years from now, the world will look back on February 26, 2015, as the day that the Internet began to die. Today, the FCC reclassifies the Internet as a common carrier service and imposes archaic 1930s-era regulation upon the most innovative and creative culture since the Renaissance. Very soon, an avalanche of rules and compliance read more

Cogito Ergo Sum

Cogito Ergo Sum

A high school lecture… sometime in the next century… [The teacher continues…] In the winter of 2015, a group of researchers from Kaspersky Lab released their findings in regards to a suite of malware that had been discovered over the last decade. This software is attributed to the efforts of state-sponsored cyber espionage due to read more

All You Really Need to Know

All You Really Need to Know

“When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.” —Robert Fulghum This past week I received a phone call on my iPhone from a lady with an accent that I couldn’t place. That’s not terribly surprising. Technology jobs require conversations with vendor representatives around the world. I figured read more

A Bedtime Commercial

A Bedtime Commercial

Author’s Note: More than a few years ago, back when my daughters still thought Dora was really cool, our bedtime routine would always include a nonsensical story about various and assorted talking animals in strange and interesting environments. Somehow, I’ve always thought that the Metro Spirit would be the perfect place for such a story. read more

You’ve Got (a Lot of) Mail

You’ve Got (a Lot of) Mail

Undoubtedly, email has evolved into the most flexible, useful and ubiquitous form of communication. Email is used for everything. Think about it. When you have a tidbit of information that you send out, how do you do it? Email, of course. Before the Internet, a bin on an office desk used to be the repository read more