Why did "matscan" join my Minecraft server? (FAQ)

This website now supports Gemini

Gemini is a protocol similar to HTTP, in that it’s used for transmitting (mostly) text in (usually) a markup language. However, one of the primary goals of Gemini is simplicity. Requests are always a single TLS/TCP connection with the route, and a correct response looks like 20 text/gemini\n\rhello world\n. Additionally, Gemini uses a language called “Gemtext” as its markup language. It’s kind of like Markdown, but even simpler. Every line can only contain a single type of data, so for example you can’t have links in the middle of text. Read the Gemini spec if you’re interested.

Translating HTML to Gemtext


Minecraft Server Scanning Inc

For several years I’ve occasionally logged onto Shodan and searched for Minecraft servers. I just join, look around, and maybe leave a sign for the server owner. I’d also occasionally heard stories about people making their own Minecraft server scanners.

A while ago, on April 1st 2022, cybersecurity YouTuber LiveOverflow uploaded a video titled “I Spent 100 Days Hacking Minecraft”. Despite being uploaded on April Fools’, the video and series t... markdown

The Story of ReportScammers

I wrote this story on the Hypixel Forums a while ago, but I realized it would be a good idea if I posted it on my blog too.


ReportScammers was a robot on the Hypixel SkyBlock Forums that automatically replied to posts where people were complaining that they got scammed. It all started on April 27th, 2020. I was bored and wanted to make a Hypixel Forums bot. At first, I wasn’t sure what I wanted it to do. Then I thought, “what’s a task that humans do often that could be easily automated?”: complaining about people getting scammed, of course.


I didn’t do anything with this idea until a couple we...

Uncovering the Discord Twitch Bots

So a few days ago my friend Slip got a DM on Discord from this “Twitch” bot asking him to invite it to my servers as well as to join theirs. The message the bot said claimed that Discord and Twitch had partnered up to give its users free Nitro Games and free Twitch Prime.

It obviously looked fake, so Slip created a testing server and added me and some friends to help. Upon joining, the fake Twitch bot DMed everyone in the server with the same message as it sent to Slip. It looked like some sort of social engineering worm, but it hadn’t done anything bad yet, so we revoked the bot’s perms and left it in the server.


What Are Domain Hacks?

Who is mat?

Welcome to mat does dev. You might have some questions, so I’m here to answer them.

Who is mat? I am mat. I am a human that lives somewhere on a planet called Earth, you might’ve heard of it.

What do you do? I do dev. To clarify, I mean dev as in software development.

Why do you write your name in lowercase?...