Cyber? WTF!

“The only real difficulties in programming are cache invalidation and naming things.” — Phil Karlton

Everything needs a name to go by, right? So did this blog. When we scrolled through the seemingly endless list of new TLDs, we stumbled upon .wtf and while it is all a bit of a blur looking back, our fingers must have developed a dynamic of their own and out came ‘whois’, which was unregistered for whatever reason¹. During the several days of juggling alternative names – actually spending quite a few thoughts on ‘we probably shouldn’t do this’, anticipating what corporate communications and marketing might think of it – we kept returning to When you hear or read people prefixing ordinary, proper, and once actually useful nouns with ‘cyber’, what are your thoughts? We think that ‘WTF?’ might actually be the only appropriate letters to follow on ‘cyber‘. Anyway, this will be our home for the time being. Don’t expect a fixed post frequency, we don’t intend to post for the general sake of creating more bytes on the internet. Expect a post whenever there is both content and time for posting. Expect content that is mostly malware- and/or security-centric, the occasional nifty thing we find mixed in, and where we happen to give a talk. We’ll probably start out with the latter. Judge us by our content, naming is hard.

¹ which at that time actually resulted in

No whois server is known for this kind of object

because whois is pleasantly old-fashioned in its default. -h or the line


in your whois.conf catapults it into a part of the modern age of completely unnecessary but partially wonderful TLDs.