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September, 2009


September 12, 2009  12:55 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge-Level 2

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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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