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Start to finish: Cracking a Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrator account (Part 1 of 2)

Cracking Windows Server 2012 R2

I want you to imagine your best friend from college challenges you to a duel. Here’s the deal: you both graduated with honors from ivy league schools but your careers bifurcated down different paths.  You decided to work in corporate

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Detecting Rootkits on a PC

Detecting Rootkits in Kali Linux

Imagine malware so sophisticated that it not only disappears from the Windows Task Manager and your antivirus software but also modifies the code that undergirds the operating system in such a way that it’s virtually impossible to detect. Does such a thing

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Cracking Windows Passwords (Part 2 of 2)

Cracking Windows Passwords

In the previous post I shared the inside scoop on hashes and methods of password extraction.  But there was one thing missing I didn’t tell you how to get the hash!  Today I’m going to enumerate four common ways to grab the

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Cracking Windows Passwords (Part 1 of 2)

Cracking Windows Passwords

Do you remember a thing called trust?  I remember when I was 10 or 11 years old I decided to open a “family” bank for my brother and sister. Being the conniving bigger brother, I convinced them that their allowances

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Crypto 201: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) – Cryptography for smarties (Part 3 of 3)

PKI with Vonnie, background image credit J. Triepke via Flickr

So let’s trace what happens when the certificate arrives at your computer.  I n the last post we talked about why it’s mathematically infeasible for someone to forge a root certificate signature.  I also showed you how to view the

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