And the winner is…

Kidman_2490255bThe problem with running a competition with our presenters is that all to often they are all talk and no trousers (or shorts in Andy’s case). We didn’t think it was too much to ask for them to get together over lunch last week and decide who the winners are of our fabulous prize draw.

We were disappointed again.

Fingers were pointed, excuses were given and tempers were raised by Javvad, Thom and Andy respectively.

We can now however announce the winners after some quick executive decisions were made,so, in no particular order:

IMG_4775Thom’s “Frankie Says Relax” T shirt, sunglasses and exclusive signed photograph are hereby awarded to…

Martie!

 

 

IMG_4778Javvad’s beard (made with real hair) goes to…

Robin!

 

 

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Rowenna!

(Andy will be returning your “lost” USB stick momentarily)

Congratulations everyone and thank you for taking part. Your comments will of course be taken vert, very seriously. Please contact us to arrange for delivery (2nd class) and don’t forget to send us a photo of you with your wonderful prizes!

 

Host Unknown’s “It’s still Close to Christmas” Competition

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Our collaboration with the Twist & Shout “Scrooge the CISO” film has gone down a storm, with critics and public claiming it to be “a masterpiece” and “absolute genius” which is quite surprising given our three presenters were involved.

We would like to keep the Christmas spirit alive for a few more weeks however, and so have decided to run a competition where you can win some exclusive and somewhat surprising prizes. The rules are simple:

  1. Watch the film again by clicking on the above image. Feel free to hit refresh multiple times to ensure your true appreciation of our work is counted in terms of views.
  2. Leave a comment exclaiming quite how much you enjoyed it. If you wish you could supply ideas for other films or other activities you think the boys should engage in.
  3. You agree to send us photos of yourself with the prizes if you win. We reserve the right to edit and/or modify them as we see fit.

On Friday 23rd January at 12:00hrs GMT we will pick three lucky winners to win one of of the following prizes each:

Thom’s T-Shirt and glasses from the shoot, as well as a one of it’s kind signed photograph!

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Javvad’s actual beard! (How else do you think he keeps it so tidy?)

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And finally, the inspiration behind Andy’s incredible acting skills, personally autographed by the man himself!

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Don’t delay, start viewing and commenting now! And remember, you can comment as much as you like, there is no limit to your imaginations and the boy’s egos.

Behind the scenes of the 2014 Christmas film

ThomLangford_2014-Nov-28An accurate recollection of events by Javvad Malik

When I created Host Unknown, I bought over the annual tradition of collaborating with Twist and Shout to produce an annual film to help spread cheer and security awareness throughout the land.

It started with my critically acclaimed role as the Elf-CISO in Santa got hacked

Followed by the sequel that everyone said was an even better follow up than Terminator 2 was.

Finally, I bought Thom and Andy into the inner circle and gave them supporting roles as two of the wise men in last years film.

So, it was with some excitement I was glad that we got together again to shoot our 2014 Securi-stmas film. Instructions were simple enough to turn up to our location – but as the old saying goes in the movie business, never work with kids, animals, Thom or Andy.

Thom had an 80’s party to get to and thought it would be alright if he just turned up in his retro gear, complete with ‘Frankie says relax” shirt and walkman, whereas Andy came in what appeared to be a bargain burka he picked up at the Black Friday sales.

Needless to say, what was supposed to be an easy two hour shoot was still there four hours late mainly due to the inability of Andy ‘9 takes’ Agnes’ to remember three lines.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to Richard who will be editing this one.

Stay secure my friends, Jav.

An accurate recollection of events by Thom Langford

When I created Host Unknown, it became immediately apparent to me that in order to get the two novices of the team, Javvad and Andy, some better exposure and to practise their “skills” in front of the camera, such as they were, they needed to learn quite a few tricks from this old dog.

My unique style and approach that I wanted to bring to HostUnknown was already getting recognised even in something as simple as my blog writing, winning the Best personal security Blog of 2013.

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This was followed just 12 months later by my winning the 2014 award. Both Javvad and Andy were starting to see the influence that hanging around with me could bring

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Last year I thought they were both ready for something a bit more special, and was able to bring them into the cast of last years Christmas film in supporting, if minor roles, as two of the wise men. I was of course cast as the lead wise man (why else put me in the front?!)

This year I thought we could repeat the success of last years films. It was with some trepidation though that I organised the shoot, coordinated the script, paid for the director and cameraman and arranged for some serious actors to appear. After all, Javvad and Andy would need all the help they could to look good on film.

I thought that even they couldn’t get simple costumes wrong, so I allowed them to arrange their own. I pulled out my best party clothes and looked, I have to say, rather suave and debonair throughout the shoot. Unfortunately I think Jav came straight from another court appearance and Andy from a Star Wars convention. I was disappointed once again, but really, what else could I expect from either of them. Will I never learn?

We had scheduled three hours for the shoot, but with Jav and his cries of “line? LINE? LINE!” throughout the day, and Andy’s “takes to performances” ratio dramatically increasing again, we were there until very late, making me late to my club once again. I was able to speed things along by completing all of my shots in one take of course.

I hope you like the film; I know the editor will have a very tough time with Javvad and Andy’s sections, but I understand much of what they say, and in fact do, can be covered up in post production. My thanks and apologies go to the real professionals in the shoot; I know we all did a sterling job in the face of true, amateur hour, adversity.

Best wishes to all of you lovely people,

Thom

An accurate recollection of events by Andy Agnês

When I first created Host Unknown, I had no idea what I was letting myself in for and to be honest, the rewards do not come anywhere near the charitable effort which I put into it.  First up, fading Infosec “Rock Star” Javvad Malik; he comes with a heap of baggage you wouldn’t believe.  The founder of Twist & Shout came to me begging to help him get rid of Javvad – or as he put “that guy who suffers from delusions of grandeur”.  I’m someone who believes in fixing a problem rather than burying it and I asked how I could make the situation easier for Twist & Shout.  Identifying my ever-charitable mood, T&S begged for me to be part of future productions in order to keep a close eye on the “deluded ego-maniac”.

I explained that my hands were already tied after I committed to take elderly-statesman-breaking-into-security Langford under my wing.  T&S were so desperate for my services, when I said the only way I could be on set with them was if Thom was hanging on my coat tails, they knew that my presence, regardless of how small, would immediately make up for poor performances from Malik.  On that first day, I felt bad looking at Thom chewing crayons at the edge of the set that I declared the only way I could continue was if he had a speaking part too.  And thus a new tradition was born.

Directors and those in the know have affectionately referred to me as “The Water Carrier”.  In the same mold as footballing greats Didier Deschamps and Claude Makalele have earned the same descriptor.  I don’t know which characteristics of mine specifically people liken to the aforementioned legends but I would guess it was likely my high work-rate, tenacity, stamina, efficacy at lateral thinking while also being known for tactical intelligence, versatility, and leadership probably contributes to my understated reputation – But I very much prefer to remain in the background.

A Christmas video this year nearly didn’t happen owing to short notice.  Twist & Shout didn’t have faith in Javvad “Spoon feed me my lines” Malik and Thom “What year is it?” Langford being able to follow instructions but once I had taken responsibility for them, Jim was happy to proceed.  We focused on getting the lines right for them and agreed that we could script my part on the day with no worries whatsoever about me being able to deliver.

Thus what we have is the end result of me playing the part of 3 people (much like the running of Host Unknown).  A special thanks to the pro’s at Twist & Shout who put up with Thom and Jav as a favour to me.

I hope you like the fruits of our labour – be kind to the others when reviewing.

Lots of Love,

A

xxx

 

The Host Unknown Rider

HostUnknownTV_2014-Oct-10We are often asked for a copy of this rider, but not asked for booking very often afterwards. Is it too much? We don’t think so either, so what would you add to it?

<OFFICIAL HOST UNKNOWN RIDER, COPYRIGHT 2014>

CAMERAS, RECORDING DEVICES, VIDEO CAMERAS

Paying 3rd party (henceforth referred to as dumb client) agrees to make its best efforts to prevent any unauthorised recording or reproduction.

All approved stills photographers with properly displayed credentials are allowed THREE PHOTOGRAPHS and no flash whatsoever. Any photographer left in the barrier after three photos is no longer welcome in the building. No moving image cameras are allowed.

MERCHANDISE

Host Unknown shall retain exclusive right to sell or cause to be sold souvenir booklets, programs, T-Shirts or any product or publication utilising the name and/or likeness of the Artists.

Host Unknown logo may not be used on event t-shirts or other items without prior written consent from artists management.

BILLING

Host Unknown will receive 100% headline billing in all manner forms of advertising in connection with this engagement and shall be billed only as “Host Unknown”.

Credits will include a reference to Host Unknown and also J4vv4D/Andrew/Thom*

*Delete as requested by the sole founder of Host Unknown

TRAILER

Host Unknown will be provided a clean and well-lit and well-ventilated dressing room which can comfortably accommodate 3 large egos and a steady stream of female fans aged 18-23 (40+ for Thom)

Host Unknown will not be required to share the trailer with any other performer except Scarlette Johansson, Bruce Schneier, Jessica Alba, Vint Cerf, Jessica Beil, Brian Honan, Cameron Diaz, Gene Kim, Mila Kunis, Mikko Hypponenenenen or Angelina Jolie.

Lavatory facilities will be stocked with soap and toiletries and restricted to the common unwashed public.

Miracle grow head shampoo for Thom

Heating or air-conditioning will be provided as is customary in these modern times. We are, after all, no longer savages.

MEALS

For all meals, please provide:

  • Silverware
  • Plates, bowls (no styrofoam)
  • Spring water
  • Hot coffee (herbal tea for Thom)
  • Pepsi in glass bottles.

Dearest reader – this rider is comprised of the things that make Host Unknown AWESOME! Please make every effort to provide the following and please, please do not surreptitiously hack through things to save a few pennies.

  • WiFi (10 base-T for Thom)
  • One double-apple flavoured shisha
  • Three pairs of white socks
  • Two pairs of medium and one pair of large boxer shorts
  • Fresh vegetable and cheese tray with humus, pita break and crackers for three people.
  • A juice machine
  • A George Foreman grill.
  • One bag of doritos
  • A bowl of m&m’s with brown ones removed
  • A bowl of brown m&m’s
  • Ten energy bars – tiger milk or granola type bars. Ask a hippie for better suggestions.

ON-SITE STAFF

Dumb client is urged to ensure that all personnel are alert and of a professional attitude. Any autographs or photo request BY PEOPLE SUPPOSEDLY ON THE CLOCK are frowned upon. Venue employees hanging out with no apparent job or making out with girlfriends or boyfriends is not cool in the presence of professionals like us and when people are paid to be working.