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September, 2009


September 12, 2009  12:55 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge-Level 2



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Security

Did you figure out level 2 of the HackThisSite.org Basic Missions? Here’s the mission:

Network Security Sam set up a password protection script. He made it load the real password from an unencrypted text file and...

September 9, 2009  8:09 PM

President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech: My Advice



Posted by: Ken Harthun
IT careers, Opinion, President Obama, Security, Security management

Yesterday, Michael Morisy, ITKnowledgeExchange’s community editor, posted “President Obama’s back-to-school speech tells...

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September 8, 2009  11:37 PM

Patch Tuesday – Microsoft Fixes Eight Security Flaws



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Critical update, insecure, Microsoft Windows, Networking, Patch management, Patch Tuesday, Remote Code Execution, Security, Security bulletin, Vulnerabilities, Wireless security

All of them are critical, but not a single one of them affects Windows 7, scheduled for release on October 22.

The most dangerous flaw covered by this month’s batch of patches is a remote code execution vulnerability in the way that the JScript scripting engine decodes script in Web...


September 7, 2009  1:03 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge Level 1



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Fun stuff, Hacking, Password, Security

The other day, I proposed you test out your ethical hacking skills over at HackThisSite. If you didn’t see that post, take a look now: How Are...

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September 5, 2009  3:03 PM

Good PC Security Begins With a Baseline



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Browsers, Critical update, Firewalls, Malware, Microsoft Windows, NAT, Patch management, Routers, Security

I received some good feedback on my “14 Golden Rules of Computer Security” list, in particular, this comment from Michael: “…you encourage people to go through...


September 5, 2009  3:31 AM

How Are Your Hacking Skills?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Security

In playing the contract consultant game over the years, I’ve become accustomed to verbal and written skills assessment tests, but until recently, I’d never had anyone present a question like this: “Optional - Extra Credit - Create an account on


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