Windows Logs, Timestamps, & Passwords Lecture

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Windows Logs, Timestamps, & Passwords Lecture

This lesson focuses on timestamps, event log clearing and password cracking. A timestamp is a metadata field that informs a system about when a file was created, edited, opened or moved. You can defeat timestamps on a Windows machine by obfuscation, in Linux you can also use the touch command. Windows event logs can be used to store information about nearly everything on a system and are managed via the command line wevtutil. Participants also learn about two methods of password cracking:

Brute force: trying every possible combination until something works.

Dictionary attacks: using a list of words to crack password. This method can be highly effective as 98% of passwords are made up of the 10,000 most common passwords.

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