The security of home gadgets is a burning topic. Botnet attacks such as Mirai affect millions of devices and inflict huge damages. Ethical hackers continue discovering vulnerabilities in popular gadgets, which manufacturers don’t rush fixing. In this article, I will tell how to check your hardware for security issues using a popular IP camera as an example. Spoiler: it is plagued by tons of vulnerabilities.
The taming of Kerberos. Seizing control over Active Directory on a HackTheBox virtual PC
In this article, I am going to show how to escalate from an unprivileged user to the administrator of the Active Directory domain controller. The demonstration will be performed on a virtual PC available for hacking on the HackTheBox online platform, the place where aspiring hackers polish their pentesting and cybersecurity skills. Of course, this VM is not overly complex, but if you intend to pentest corporate networks, it is very important to learn how to work with Active Directory
A brief guide to programmable logic controllers. Searching for vulnerabilities in industrial PLC devices
Many users believe that controllers installed in buildings and factories are protected better than home gadgets. They are wrong. Today, I will show you how to hack programmable logic controllers using a Linux-based computer. A Linx-150 automation server will be used as an example. You can use this method as a hacking guide for other similar pieces of equipment.
Hide-and-seek with Windows 10. Testing spyware and privacy protection tools
Over four years have passed since the release of Windows 10, and throughout this entire period, user data have been ‘leaking’ to Microsoft servers. The problem has been further exacerbated by Microsoft repeatedly forcing a reset of the users’ privacy settings and reactivating Windows Update disabled by the user. In this article, I will discuss and compare several utilities developed to control Microsoft’s ‘spying’ activities, and test their efficiency on two Window 10 builds.
The phishing harvester. Stealing account credentials with Evilginx 2
Today, we are going to examine Evilginx 2, a reverse proxy toolkit. We will also find out how to use it to bypass two-factor authentication and steal Instagram login credentials. Finally, we will build and launch a combat server, tweak it, and go phishing!
“Luke, I am your fuzzer”. Automating vulnerability management
Fuzzing is all the rage. It is broadly used today by programmers testing their products, cybersecurity researchers, and, of course, hackers. The use of fuzzers requires a good understanding of their work principles. These top-notch tools make it possible to identify previously unknown vulnerabilities in various applications. In this article, I will address different fuzzing types and show how to use one of them, WinAFL.
Tails below the radar: the private portable OS
No doubt, the Tor browser is an essential privacy protection tool. However, Tor alone cannot cover you up and hide your traces. To stay undercover, you need Tails. Tails is a security-focused, Debian-based Linux distribution made to ensure your privacy and anonymity. Tails on a portable flash drive can fully protect you from tracking; furthermore, your privacy won’t be compromised even if your residence is searched!