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Hacking for Mischief, Mayhem and Pranking

Last weekend in Dallas the evening calm was shattered by the wail of 156 tornado warning sirens sounding at once. Attempts to turn off individual sirens failed and after 95 minutes of the din, officials mercifully shut down the entire system in a final, desperate act of

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Monitoring the Dark Web for Cyber Threat Intel

Last week we discussed the Dark Web. Its scope, its architecture, and what lurks (slithers) within its depths. On the flip side, the Dark Web also presents a useful source to mine for cyber threat intelligence. When bricks and mortar criminal types knock off a jewelry store

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Exploring The Dark Web: Don’t Venture In Alone

Cyber Threat Intelligence is a complex topic consisting of a lot of moving parts. It requires a high degree of technical knowledge combined with a healthy dose of paranoia. Staying ahead of the bad guys or simply keeping up with them is a 24/7 job. Threat intel

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History of Phishing: Then and Now

History of Phishing: Then and Now

 Last year (2016) turned out to be a banner year for phishing. According to APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group), the total number of phishing attacks in 2016 was 1,220,523, a 65% increase over 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2016, APWG saw an average of 92,564 phishing attacks

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Cybercrime and Punishment: Who’s Actually Paying the Price?

It seems that a week doesn’t go by where there isn’t news of a major data breach or intelligence dump. Yesterday gave us something slightly different, but still a variation on the same theme. On Wednesday March 15, 2017 the Justice Department indicted four defendants – all

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UNM4SK3D: Dark Net, Vizio, and Homeland Security

UNM4SK3D: Dark Net, Vizio, and Homeland Security

#hacked “Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you’ve been hacked.” That’s the message visitors to any of the 10,000 affected websites that were a part of a Dark Web hack received recently. So, it seems Anonymous isn’t afraid to pwn their peers. Talk about a very, very tangled web.

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[podcast] Amanda Berlin, the art of the sale, and Malware droppers

[podcast] Amanda Berlin, the art of the sale, and Malware droppers

  “Always Be Closing” is the mantra that Alec Baldwin’s character “Blake” intones in the movie “#GlenGarry #Glen #Ross”. Ironically, the film about 4 men selling was a failure in the theaters. A lot of times as #blue #teamers, we find ourselves in the sights of a

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Why are Russians Such Talented and Determined Hackers?

Why are Russians Such Talented and Determined Hackers?

When we hear about cybercrime and hacking exploits we tend to immediately assign blame to the usual suspects: the Russians or the Chinese. Next in line are hackers from other Eastern European countries formerly part of the Soviet Union such as Romania and other satellites. Increasingly, cyber

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[podcast] Steps when scheduling a pentest, and the questions you forgot to ask… with Jarrod Frates

Jarrod Frates (@jarrodfrates on Twitter) has been doing pentests as a red-team member for a long time. His recent position at #InGuardians sees him engaging many companies who have realized that a typical ‘pentest #puppymill’ or pentest from certain companies just isn’t good enough. Jarrod has also

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[podcast] Windows Registry, Runkeys, and where malware likes to hide

[podcast] Windows Registry, Runkeys, and where malware likes to hide

The Windows Registry has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings in #Windows 3.11 (Windows for Workgroups).  This week, we discuss the structure of the Windows Registry, as well as some of the inner workings of the registry itself. Did you know that it is contained

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