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Visiting an international hackers conference

OWASP Global AppSec Amsterdam

Sep. 27, 2019
This month I attended Global AppSec Amsterdam, an international conference for hackers and security specialists. Read along for some of the highlights.

This month I was lucky enough to attend Global AppSec Amsterdam, an international conference for hackers and security specialists. There were presentations from former intelligence agents, bounty hunters, academics and software vendors. I learned about some of the newest hacking techniques, met with interesting people and played some cool retro games. Read along for more.

Fighting backscatter spam at server level

Configure Postfix to block spam before it enters the server

Sep. 10, 2019
Deal with backscatter spam by implementing a stringent SMTP delivery policy at MTA level.

This month I had to deal with backscatter spam, affecting one of the mail servers I manage. As server engineer I make sure that servers don't send spam and that incoming email gets filtered. Despite all good efforts, this server kept being blacklisted for sending spam to iCloud, Office 365 and Google Gmail for Business (G Suite). Read along to find out how what caused this and how to fix this.

Dig for dummies

Explaining an highly useful network tool

May 24, 2019
Learn how to use the dig command to query domain name servers to find the source of network problems, IP-addresses, hostnames, mail servers and related info.

When you're building websites, apps or email services you may run into domain names and their configurations. When everything is working as it should, most of this is invisible. But when troubleshooting a domain name configuration, it may be necessary to dig a little deeper... read along to learn how!

Search like a pro: Google search operators

Comprehensive list of advanced search operators

Apr. 25, 2019
Read along for a comprehensive list of advanced Google search operators that allow you to filter your search results.

You probably use the world's most famous search engine to find things everyday, but you might not know about some of its advanced search operators. You can use these special search phrases to find things that are otherwise burried in the search results. Read along for a comprehensive list of advanced Google search operators.

WordPress: 10 tips to secure your website

Keep hackers out of the world's most popular content management system

Mar. 31, 2019
A lot of people use WordPress to manage their website. Prevent your site from being hacked using this blog post.

A lot of people use WordPress to manage their website, therefore it's no surprise people ask me to have a look at their site's security. As ethical hacker, I encounter WordPress in different shapes, sizes and states. Some of them are really badly protected against hacks. Prevent your site from being hacked using these 10 practical tips.

Understanding the security concerns in shared hosting

Considering open ports and unused network facing services

Feb. 28, 2019
People pay me to hack them, provided I'll explain how I did it. Read along to learn how hackers use security holes to hack your app, webshop or website!

People pay me to hack them, provided I'll explain how it was done, so future hacks can be prevented. As security consultant, I scan for weaknesses in my clients' apps, webshops and websites. Very often a hack starts by exploiting a security hole that is visible remotely. Read along to learn how hackers find security holes and what you can do to secure them.

Cyber security: 5 easy tips to protect your server against hackers

Server hardening best practices for Windows and Linux

Mar. 10, 2018
These 5 practical cyber security measures will improve the safety of server, website and data.

This week one of my clients was hacked and asked me for emergency assistance to help secure their server infrastructure. It was a web server that ran WordPress websites on Apache (with PHP/MySQL), including a few webshops with customer data. This hack could easily have been prevented with the following best practices, is your server secure?

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The data centre is where your server lives. Even though it may be physically secure, you should check upon its software too!
The data centre is where your server lives. Even though it may be physically secure, you should check upon its software too!
A map of the ARPANET in 1973... imaging mapping the internet today!  (Public domain)
A map of the ARPANET in 1973... imaging mapping the internet today! (Public domain)
Using nmap to scan a hosting server, identifying network facing services and open ports
Using nmap to scan a hosting server, identifying network facing services and open ports
Coffee and PONG on the video-sports console with CRT monitor
Coffee and PONG on the video-sports console with CRT monitor
Global AppSec Amsterdam
Global AppSec Amsterdam
Prevent backscatter spam by checking all messages before forwarding them to another server
Prevent backscatter spam by checking all messages before forwarding them to another server
Somewhere in a datacenter there is a machine like this hosting your website
Somewhere in a datacenter there is a machine like this hosting your website
Global AppSec-Amsterdam
Global AppSec-Amsterdam
Hacking Google - How I could have stolen your photos from Google (Gergö Turcsányi)
Hacking Google - How I could have stolen your photos from Google (Gergö Turcsányi)
Lessons learned from dealing with terrorists
Lessons learned from dealing with terrorists
Use WP Security Audit Log to keep an eye on what's happening with your WordPress website (wpsecurityauditlog.com)
Use WP Security Audit Log to keep an eye on what's happening with your WordPress website (wpsecurityauditlog.com)
Simple backscatter scenario, mail server bounces message to a falsified sender address
Simple backscatter scenario, mail server bounces message to a falsified sender address
Hacking return rates on investment between 100% on the low end and 150,000% on the high end! (By Jarrod Overson)
Hacking return rates on investment between 100% on the low end and 150,000% on the high end! (By Jarrod Overson)
Keynote presentation by cyberwarfare specialist, Chris Kubecka
Keynote presentation by cyberwarfare specialist, Chris Kubecka
Remember the days that this was your average computer - note: the IBM model M keyboard... oh boy!
Remember the days that this was your average computer - note: the IBM model M keyboard... oh boy!
Using dig to get information about the SPF-records for a domain name, google.com
Using dig to get information about the SPF-records for a domain name, google.com
The Domain Name System (DNS) links domain names to IP-addresses, which in turn are routed through cables. You're reading this - seriously! - through the cable connected to the server shown on this photo!
The Domain Name System (DNS) links domain names to IP-addresses, which in turn are routed through cables. You're reading this - seriously! - through the cable connected to the server shown on this photo!
Keep in mind that help is available - I know my way around servers and cyber security
Keep in mind that help is available - I know my way around servers and cyber security

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