Mattia Campagnano

Mattia Campagnano

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A quick shoulder surfing hack and how to protect yourself



LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This "hack" has been performed on my own computer, for educational purposes only. Don't use it against other people's systems, unless you've been given explicit written permission by their owners. I'm not responsible for any unintended use of these instructions.

When we hear about security breaches in the news, we immediately think of Matrix-like scenarios, where the Pentagon or NSA fight a cyber war against the bad guys.

Real-life scenarios are a little different and less exciting than you could think. Not all hacks rely on technical skills solely.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Password cracking with Metasploit on Kali Linux (with video tutorial)

Premise

It's been a while since my last blog post and in the meantime I started delving into pentesting. For who doesn't know what this term means, it is attacking computer systems, based on explicit permission by their owners, to find vulnerabilities and patch them before bad guys could hack in.

In this post I want to show how easy is to hack into a vulnerable system and why it's so important to apply all the latest updates and patches as soon as possible. Companies, especially small ones, consider IT Security only as a cost and often overlook that each dollar spent in improving cyber security is a dollar saved in terms of legal and economic aftermaths of a breach. The bigger the breach, the higher the amount of damage that can be caused, which in the most extreme situations can even force a company to close for good.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This "hack" has been performed by using virtual machines running on my own computer, configured to be vulnerable to certain exploits. Don't use it against other people's systems, unless you've been given explicit written permission by their owners. I'm not responsible for any unintended use of these instructions.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The future of Cyber Security? An unsolved dilemma.


When I read leaders talking about where technology will be in the future, cyber security seems often out of the picture.

Several companies want us to believe that we'll be more connected and happier thanks to the Internet of Things (I've already written in the past about my absolute disesteem for this term).

A recent TV Dell commercial shows how a person gets saved thanks to intelligent devices tracking its personal information. Wow, whopping, right? Not so fast!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Work in progress

Hi everybody, it's been a while since my last post.

I haven't pulled the plug on my blog, not yet at least, but I've been too busy in the last month and I couldn't keep up.



This semester's been crazy for me and now I'm delving into pentesting.

I have several projects I'm working on, so expect some new posts from me in the next days (especially if I'm able to get metasploit started).

See you in a few.


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