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September, 2009


September 30, 2009  9:43 PM

Security Maxims of a Different Breed

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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September 30, 2009  8:22 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials Goes Live

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Microsoft Security Essentials is now out of beta and ready for download. Bookmark and Share     0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


September 29, 2009  12:58 AM

New IRS Scam and It Could Cost You More Than Taxes!

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

You usually see this around tax season, but it seems the cyber-crooks have figured out that fear of the IRS is an evergreen topic.

US-CERT is aware of public reports of malicious code circulating via spam email messages related to the...


September 26, 2009  2:46 AM

Protect HTML Code for Increased Security

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

If the challenges at Hackthissite.org illustrate one thing, it's that viewing the source code of web pages can often reveal exploitable vulnerabilities. Beyond that, eCommerce sites often have payment buttons, shopping carts and other means to facilitate transactions. If the code for these things...


September 23, 2009  8:15 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge – Level 5

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

So far, we’ve explored the first 4 basic missions at HackThisSite.org. As we get to each new level, the difficulty increases, but they’re still pretty easy.


September 20, 2009  9:54 PM

Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Thanks to Google, there’s a tool you can use to check any site and see if Google lists it as hosting any suspicious files or acting as a malware intermediary. Yes, I know there’s a Firefox extension and that the Google Toolbar for Firefox incorporates the tool, but what if you’re out in the...


September 20, 2009  5:45 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge – Level 4

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

So far, we've explored the first 3 basic missions at HackThisSite.org. As we get to each new level, the difficulty increases, but they're still pretty easy. Today, we solve level four:

An email script has been set up, which sends the password to the administrator. Requirements: HTML...


September 19, 2009  3:05 PM

Malvertising an Ever-expanding Threat

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

As if we don’t already have enough to deal with, it seems that malvertising--a technique where malicious code is placed in an online ad to either mislead the user or infect their computer—is on the rise. Microsoft recently filed five lawsuits against unnamed individuals accusing them of posting...


September 16, 2009  6:38 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge-Level 3

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

My most recent post, Hacker Skills Help Save a Client’s PC, is a real-life practical example of how honing (or developing) your hacking skills can help you better serve your clients. So...


September 16, 2009  6:03 PM

Hacking Skills Help Save a Client’s PC

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