Now that more and more people are working on their personal computers and smartphones as opposed to their work computers as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, hackers are having a field day. Unencrypted home networks and public WiFi connections make it incredibly easy for cybercriminals and even government agencies to access everything from your browsing history to your banking information, and a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the only way to stop them.
Although it's always been important to safeguard your data and private information in the digital age, privacy has recently taken on an entirely new meaning.
Thanks to a growing demand for talented and trained leaders who can inspire teams and innovate new products and services, there's never been a better time to work as a project manager. Whether you're interested in joining the ranks of a Fortune 500 company or working independently, project managers command high salaries and enjoy unparalleled opportunities for advancement.
It looks as though the novel coronavirus and social distancing guidelines are here to stay for a while. So companies of all sizes and industries are scrambling to adapt to a new reality in which everything from morning meetings to large-scale presentations are done entirely online. It looks like this is going to be the new normal for the foreseeable future.
If you've spotted an unintended Ethernet connection and wondered what you could do with all of the information coursing through those wires, there's an easy way to hack into it and find out.
If you're a hacker, pentester, or any other type of Null Byte reader, and would like to create a website to showcase your services and skill set, you may not have the time or energy to do it the long way.
One of the most promising avenues of attack in a web application is the file upload. With results ranging from XSS to full-blown code execution, file uploads are an attractive target for hackers, but there are usually restrictions in place that can make it challenging to execute an attack. However, there are various techniques a hacker could use to beat file upload restrictions to get a shell.
In the not-so-distant past, cloud computing was thought of primarily in terms of online storage platforms. Now, however, massive cloud infrastructures are used by virtually every major business to reach clients, manage data, and deliver services.
You don't need to work as an executive at Google to understand and appreciate the importance of large-scale data analytics in today's world. Whether you're interested in joining the ranks of a major tech firm or want to improve your company's marketing campaigns through consumer analysis, knowing how to work with large sets of complex data is paramount.
It's a common misconception that iPhones are impervious to cyberattacks and "more secure" than Android. And when an iPhone does get hacked, it's nearly impossible to tell that it happened.
If you're a regular Null Byte reader, you probably know your fair share of programming languages and have at least some experience with web or app development. But it's possible to apply your hard-earned coding and tech talents to other closely-related fields as well.
The WordPress revolution has completely altered the way that people build and distribute websites. Instead of having to memorize endless lines of HTML and Java, both novice and professional web developers are now able to create incredibly detailed and responsive sites using a series of intuitive templates and plugins. And each new version of WordPress comes with an improved batch of features that make web-building even easier.
An attacker can create three, five, or even ten new Netcat connections to a compromised MacBook with one command. Performing complex post-exploitation attacks might otherwise be difficult from a single shell without this essential trick.
If you want to control electronic devices, such as a relay or motor, you can do so using MicroPython with an ESP8266 and web browser. Usually, you'd program an ESP8266 using Arduino, but C++, which Arduino uses, is not always the easiest programming language for beginners to learn.
In a world that's becoming increasingly dependent on a variety of AI and machine learning applications, Big Data reigns supreme. As the primary forces behind everything from self-driving cars and surgical robots to home automation systems and even space exploration, Big Data and AI stand at the heart of today's most important innovations.
Everybody knows not to store sensitive information in unencrypted files, right? PDFs and ZIP files can often contain a treasure trove of information, such as network diagrams, IP addresses, and login credentials. Sometimes, even certain files that are encrypted aren't safe from attackers. That's where Zydra comes in — a tool for cracking RAR files, ZIP files, PDF files, and Linux shadow files.
If you're a tech-savvy coding pro, you have a virtually limitless number of great career choices to choose from. Whether you're interested in working at a small tech startup, freelancing as a cybersecurity specialist, or founding the next Google, having a solid understanding of development terminology and general programming will inevitably get you far.
Wherever life takes you, knowing how to successfully manage both large-scale projects and teams will undoubtedly serve you well. Whether you're eyeing a promotion at work or looking to switch to an entirely different field, having the skills to innovate products, inspire people, and solve problems will make you stand out to your current and future employers.
You don't need to work in the accounting department of a Fortune 500 company to use and appreciate Microsoft Excel. Although primarily associated with a wide variety of functions pertaining to accounting and finance, Excel is actually an incredibly powerful and multifaceted platform that can be found at the heart of many large-scale analytics environments.
The career prospects for talented and trained IT professionals are nearly endless. As the world becomes more interconnected by the day, companies of all sizes are looking for people who can install, maintain, and troubleshoot a wide variety of networking infrastructures and web-based platforms.
No longer strictly relegated to the realm of science fiction shows and novels, artificial intelligence can be found behind important technologies that are driving innovation throughout the world. From space exploration and self-driving cars to data science and marketing algorithms, AI is the driving force behind many technologies that are moving humanity forward.
Secure Shell is one of the most common network protocols, typically used to manage remote machines through an encrypted connection. However, SSH is prone to password brute-forcing. Key-based authentication is much more secure, and private keys can even be encrypted for additional security. But even that isn't bulletproof since SSH private key passwords can be cracked using John the Ripper.
If you're a frequent Null Byte reader, chances are you're already up to speed with at least one or two programming languages or development platforms. But in a world that's becoming increasingly reliant on high-powered apps and responsive websites, knowing the fundamentals of just a few go-to programming languages isn't going to cut it if you want to be competitive and successful.
Whatever industry you're in, there's a decent chance you've had to work with Excel — that number-crunching powerhouse that drives the accounting departments of countless corporations across the globe.
With millions of people working from home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, hacking is on the rise. Nefarious black hats are taking advantage of the fact that workers have been forced to abandon their secure office networks in favor of home wireless connections. And white hats are spending even more time at home trying to be the next great ethical hacker.
It's a myth that regular users only need the protection of a virtual private network when on a public Wi-Fi connection. First, almost all network connections can be accessed without the proper permissions. Second, ethical hackers also need to think about using a VPN as one step to encrypting and protecting their activity and identity during pentests, phishing, and other actions.
It's no secret that learning how to code is one of the best things you can do if you want to land a high-paying career in a world that's heavily reliant on web and app development.
Penetration testing, or pentesting, is the process of probing a network or system by simulating an attack, which is used to find vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a malicious actor. The main goal of a pentest is to identify security holes and weaknesses so that the organization being tested can fix any potential issues. In a professional penetration test, there are six phases you should know.
We're living in a world that runs on Big Data. As the driving force behind everything from self-driving cars and Google algorithms to the latest medical technology and financial platforms, massive sets of increasingly complex data lie at the heart of today's most exciting and important innovations.
3D printers allow hackers and makers alike to create something from nothing. They're an incredible technology that lets you build protective cases and covers for gear such as a wardriving phone and Raspberry Pi-Hole. 3D printers can even help you out in a bind when something breaks, and it's impossible to get the part, since you can just print one out yourself.
The life of a busy entrepreneur isn't easy. In addition to coming up with original business ideas and marketing strategies, you also need to be continually thinking about investors, overhead, the competition, and expanding your customer base — often with a limited budget.
Post-exploitation is often not quite as exciting as popping the initial shell, but it's a crucial phase for gathering data and further privilege escalation. Once a target is compromised, there's a lot of information to find and sift through. Luckily, there are tools available that can make the process easy. One such tool is Postenum.
In today's data-driven world, being well-versed in Big Data and analytics can help land an exciting and high-paying career. Whether you're interested in working for a major tech company or pursuing freelance work in development, you need to have a thorough understanding of the latest and greatest platforms in analytics if you want to succeed.
The increasingly important world of white hat or "ethical" hacking is getting competitive. Thanks to growing salaries and opportunities for talented and trained coding pros who can infiltrate servers and safeguard networks against digital threats, demand for intrepid cyber warriors is through the roof, and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Choosing which programming language to learn next can seem like a nearly impossible task, regardless of whether you're a novice developer or a seasoned coding pro with years of experience creating apps and websites. But if you haven't already learned Python, look no further.
The only thing better than programming MicroPython is programming MicroPython over Wi-Fi. So once you set up MicroPython on a microcontroller and have it on its own power source, you won't need to use a data cable to connect to it whenever you need to interact with it, program it, upload files, or grab data.
Automation has been a buzz word for quite some time now, but the principles behind it are as strong as ever. For a hacker or pentester, Bash scripting is one form of automation that cannot be ignored. Virtually any command that can be run from the terminal can be scripted — and should be, in many cases — to save valuable time and effort. And a Bash script just happens to be great for recon.
The Pi-hole project is a popular DNS-level ad blocker, but it can be much more than that. Its DNS-level filtering can also be used as a firewall of sorts to prevent malicious websites from resolving, as well as to keep privacy-killing trackers such as Google Analytics from ever loading in the browser. Let's take a look at setting a Pi-hole up and customizing a blacklist to suit your needs.
More and more tech-savvy leaders are flocking to the lucrative and exciting world of project management thanks to the high-pay, analytical environment, and nearly unparalleled flexibility. But this means that competition for the best positions in this dynamic field is fierce. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you're going to need to have more than a few base-level certifications on your résumé.
Knowing just one or two programming languages is no longer sufficient if you want to make serious money in the lucrative world of web design and development. But the good news is that you don't need to spend an excessive amount of time or money on a traditional coding education to get the skills you need to thrive.