Refrigerators Are Hacking People

You read that right: Refrigerators are hacking people (or at least they can). The machine that you use to keep your perishables fresh can also be used maliciously against you if a hacker hijacks it. This all stems from a concept called the "Internet of Things," or "IoT." This has become an increasingly common topic... Continue Reading →

Breaking HTTPS with a Proxy

I have previously discussed other ways to decrpyt HTTPS traffic, such as sslstrip and key logging, but let's discuss another way. When you link to a Web site, you're hopefully using HTTPS and not HTTP. Our Web traffic used to be encrypted using Netscape's "Secure Sockets Layer version 3 (SSLv3)"; however, due to some inherent... Continue Reading →

Active Reconnaissance and Port Scanning Using Nmap

Nmap, or "Network Mapper," is a network discovery, analysis, and auditing tool utilized by both network defenders and network attackers. As an exceedingly flexible tool with dozens of methods for mapping out networks, Nmap has become a critically acclaimed and well-supported cyber tool. Using Nmap, we can perform network sweeps to discover available hosts on... Continue Reading →

Tips for Securing Your Network

Before I begin, let's address two obvious questions. Number one, what kind of network are we talking about here? I'm referring to a large or enterprise network. However, you can implement some of these security solutions on your home or SOHO network. Well, maybe you wouldn't want a network access enterprise server at your home.... Continue Reading →

The Ping of Death

The "Ping of Death" abuses the "Internet Control Message Protocol," which we rely on for troubleshooting and reporting utilities on our network, such as the "Ping" command. Network folks usually "ping" another host or system, either on the local network or on the Internet, to test its reachability. For example, you could ping a Web... Continue Reading →

Routers: Understanding The Basics

Routers   A router is a layer 3 (Network) device. Unlike hubs and switches that connect computers, servers, printers, or other peripheral systems together, a router connects networks together. Therefore, you can connect 2 or more LANs together and even connect two or more larger networks together in a WAN. There are several types of... Continue Reading →

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