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Fortune 1000 Technology Insights

By using common Internet Security reconnaissance techniques, it is possible to develop insights into technologies used by the Fortune 1000 companies. A look at the technology stack of the companies main website, the Internet email gateway services, and the external name servers used by the companies primary domains provides a glimpse into the IT infrastructure. […]
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Attacking and Enumerating Joomla

Discover the tips and techniques used to attack and break into Joomla based websites. An understanding of these hacker techniques will enable you to be prepared to keep your sites secure. Additionally, penetration testers or red teams needing to exploit Joomla targets will also find practical hints in this guide. Enumeration | Recon 1. Joomla […]
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Install Suricata on Ubuntu 18.04 in 5 minutes

Building a network-based intrusion detection capability can be done in just 5 minutes. Install Suricata to monitor network traffic and look for security events that can indicate an attack or compromise. Suricata is based around the Snort IDS system, with a number of improvements. Suricata performs multi-threaded analysis, natively decode network streams, and assemble files […]
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WordPress User Enumeration

These three enumeration techniques are a very fast way to identify users of a WordPress installation. With valid usernames effective brute force attacks can be attempted to guess the password of the user accounts. WordPress User Enumeration via Author Archives Finding users by iterating through the author archives is a common technique that works in […]
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Brief History of Internet Wide Scanning

In the beginning there were Google Dorks, as far back as 2002 security researchers discovered specific Google queries revealed Internet-connected devices. Seventeen years later, it is still possible to find thousands of unsecured remotely accessible security cameras and printers via simple Google searches. Now, using search engines such as Shodan.io and Censys.io, it has become […]
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Analysis of Top 100K WordPress Sites

CMS Detection Methodology The methodology used to determine the underlying technology of web sites is to search for specific strings within the HTML or the HTTP Headers provided by the web server. For WordPress our process is a simple matter of downloading the headers and page source from all sites in the Alexa top 1 […]
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Wireshark Tutorial and Cheat Sheet

Examples to Understand the Power of Wireshark Wireshark can be useful for many different tasks, whether you are a network engineer, security professional or system administrator. Here are a few example use cases: Troubleshooting Network Connectivity Visually understand packet loss Review TCP retransmission Graph high latency packet responses Examination of Application Layer Sessions (even when […]
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Maltego Transforms

Creating Local Maltego Transforms for our DNS reconnaissance tools has been on my to-do list for a while now. I am happy to say they are now available and it is a sweet way to perform infrastructure mapping from a domain. What is Maltego? Maltego is a cross-platform application for performing link analysis. Discover relationships […]
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Cowrie Honeypot on Ubuntu

What is Cowrie Cowrie is the new fork of the Kippo Honeypot. It has been updated with new features and provides emulation that records the session of an attacker. With this session recording, you get a better understanding of the attackers tools, tactics, and procedures - TTPs. TTPs being a term that is increasingly being […]
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15 Essential Open Source Security Tools

There are thousands of open source security tools with both defensive and offensive security capabilities. The following are 10 15* essential security tools that will help you to secure your systems and networks. These open source security tools have been given the essential rating due to the fact that they are effective, well supported and […]
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