Analyze Malware With Cuckoo Sandbox

cuckooPeople have asked me to recommend a tool that can be used to analyze files for viruses that does more than standard anti-virus. Usually the need is to prove something being flagged by a security product is actually malicious verses a false positive alert. There are enterprise level sandbox solutions such as Cisco’s ThreatGRID sandbox that offer this (more on this found HERE) however one very popular open source free option is Cuckoo. Continue reading

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Talos on Phishing: Hook, Line and Sinker: Catching Unsuspecting Users Off Guard

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Cisco’s research team Talos wrote a interesting article on their research on Phishing. The original post can be found HERE. For those that don’t know what Phishing is, its the cyber attack where a malicious party pretends to be a legitimate source with the goal to trick a victim into clicking a email, accessing a website, or just giving up sensitive data. Here is the Talos article.  Continue reading

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Book Review: Penetration Testing With Raspberry Pi

raspberrypiBerislav Kucan from net-security.org posted a nice writeup on the book Aamir Lakahni and I wrote on penetration testing using a Raspberry Pi. The original write up can be found HERE.

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Raspberry Pi is a small and portable single board computer that can be transformed into a penetration testing system. This book will show you how. Continue reading

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Breaking SSH, VNC, and other passwords with Kali Linux and Hydra

crackedMy buddy Aamir Lakhani aka drchaos wrote a great post on breaking SSH, VNC and other services. The original post can be found HERE.

Hydra is a very fast and effective network login cracker. It will help you perform brute force attacks against SSH servers, VNC, and other services. When you launch Hydra it will launch the GUI in Kali, however in this tutorial we will use xHydra, which is the command line version of the tool. The command line version of the tool gives you much for flexibility in how to use the tool.

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4 Million Records Stolen – U.S. Office of Personnel Management Hacked!

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According to datalossdb.org, the U.S Department of the Interior, U.S. Office of Personnel Management lost 4 Million records from a massive data breach. Dataloss lists “At least 4 million names, dates and place of birth, Social Security numbers, benefit selections, job assignments, performance ratings and training information of current and former Federal employees compromised by hackers”. USNEWS.com wrote the following article about this breach found below (original post found HERE).  Continue reading

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Nasa and Verizon plan to monitor US drone network from phone towers

drone1Have you ever thought about building a drone? Or maybe buying one? Well according to a post on theguardian.com, Nasa may start monitoring your efforts using their own drone system. The original article can be found HERE. What is interesting is the massive increase in commercial drone usage. For example, check out this video about Lilly, a drone camera that will follow and film you HERE while you are doing outdoor activities such as snow boarding. How does Nasa plan to monitor these as they become more popular?  I feel like that drone scene from Starwars episode 1 is becoming a reality.

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Exclusive: Federal agency is developing technology to track commercial and civilian drones via cell coverage, with first tests of air traffic control system set for this summer. Continue reading

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2015 Verizon Breach Investigation Report (VBIR) Out Now – First Look

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The latest 2015 Verizon Breach Investigation Report (VBIR) is now out and can be downloaded HERE. For those that have not seen these reports, they survey a number of customers and gather information about different types of breaches. It is a trend based report but great data to get an idea of which types of attacks are being seen by different types of businesses. Continue reading

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How to Hack an App Video Series

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In order to bring attention to how easy hackers are able to exploit applications, the people at Arxan Technologies have posted a series of videos showing how to hack mobile apps using various open source tools. You can find the videos HERE. Jonathan Carter does a pretty good job going into details on how the tools work with lots of details. Check it out.

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