Checklist: What to do when you've been hacked

February 20, 2006

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Checklist: What to do when you've been hacked: "You have just gotten the call from an associate at work that the network you're responsible for has been hacked. You're going to need to make some decisions very quickly as to what needs to be done. Individuals who haven't planned for such an event may actually be thinking, 'Do I have a current copy of my resume?'"

Windows XP 15 Minute Tune-Up - Fix Sluggish Performance for Free

February 19, 2006

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Windows XP 15 Minute Tune-Up - Fix Sluggish Performance for Free: "We've seen Pentium II machines with 128 MB RAM run XP faster than Pentium IVs with 4x the clock speed and 4x the RAM - so what gives? This article will help you figure out why your PC is running slow and outline exact steps to fix it quickly, before throwing in the towel with a format, restore, or new PC purchase."

- A bit newbie -ish but could be a decent resource for a poweruser aspiring user.

Anatomy of a Break In (w/ Ira Wrinkler)

February 17, 2006

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In two days, Ira Wrinkler and Co. not only pwned a multinational Fortune 500 company's data, but also did so while sitting in their offices and wondering around their data center!!

Awesome read.

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Irongeek: Coffee and Confidential Computer Communications

February 16, 2006

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The focus of this article is on keeping others from intentionally violating your privacy while you use your laptop at a local coffee house, but most of the principles also apply to other wireless networks you may encounter. - A simple (less-technical) explaination...

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Black Tuesday

February 14, 2006

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for February, 2006: "Included in this advisory are updates for newly discovered vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities, broken down by severity are 2 Critical and 5 Important"

Only seven this month. Also, due to laziness, I'm just going to link to the Summary from now on.

How To Troubleshoot Any Networking Problem

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Tech author extraordinaire Mark Minasi shares a bit over two dozen "rules of network troubleshooting." This will be new for some, a good review for others, and a handy reference for all.

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Experience of Migrating from WinXP to Linux (Kubuntu)

February 11, 2006

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Blogger talks about his experiences in switching from WinXP to Kubuntu linux for his primary desktop. Mentions some great apps you may not have heard of (Katapult), screenshots of Amarok in action etc. He also compares some of the Kubuntu apps to the equivalent app in Mac OS X (he has an iBook too).

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Bill Xia, Chinese Firewall Killer

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I know China's firewall has been covered extensively before, but this is an interesting article about Bill Xia, a member of a banned Chinese sect Falun Gong, whose mission is to bring banned information to the Chinese masses.

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Slashdot | Time Management for System Administrators

February 10, 2006

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Slashdot | Time Management for System Administrators: "'System administrators have a stereotypical reputation for grumpiness and irritability. Sometimes this misanthropy is a cultivated pose, designed to deter casual or trivial requests that would take time away from more important activities like playing nethack and reading netnews. More often, however, sysadmins are disgruntled simply because they can't seem to make any headway on the dozens of items clogging up their todo lists. If you're an example of the latter case, you may find some help in Time Management for System Administrators, the new book from Thomas Limoncelli (who you may recognize as one of the co-authors of the classic The Practice of System and Network Administration). Read the rest of genehack's review."

99 performance tips for WinXP

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Massive list of simple tweaks to improve your rig's performance.

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Programmers get their own search engine

February 08, 2006

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A tool, known as Krugle, is designed to deliver easy access to source code and other highly relevant technical information in a single, clean, easy-to-use interface for programmers. Krugle works by crawling, parsing, and indexing code found in open source repositories and code that exists in archives, mailing lists, blogs, and Web pages.

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How to Add Patches/Modules to the Back|Track Pen-testing Live CD

February 07, 2006

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New video from IronGeek showing how to add patches and extra modules to the Back|track pen-testing Live CD using MySlax.

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Security of Live Web Services

February 03, 2006

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Marc Maiffret is a worried man.

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"Today I can buy software, test it and confirm for myself that it's secure for my use. In the new world, even if Live.com is secure today, Microsoft could make changes tomorrow and there's no way to know if I'm secure tomorrow. That's a legitimate concern."

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DNS Stub Zones in Windows Server 2003

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DNS Stub Zones in Windows Server 2003: "Stub zones are a new feature of DNS in Windows Server 2003 that can be used to streamline name resolution, especially in a split namespace scenario. They also help reduce the amount of DNS traffic on your network, making DNS more efficient especially over slow WAN links. This article will look in detail at what stub zones are, how they work, and when to use them."

Active Directory Sites and Services

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Active Directory Sites and Services: "This guide explains how to use the Active Directory Sites and Services snap-in to administer replication topology both within a site in a local area network (LAN) and between sites in a wide area network (WAN)."

Portable Apps Suite

February 01, 2006

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Portable Apps Suite | PortableApps.com: "Portable Apps Suite™ is a collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, web editor, office suite, word processor, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client and FTP client, all preconfigured to work portably and be easy to back up. Just drop it on your portable device and you're ready to go.

Portable Apps Suite Contains: Portable Firefox (web browser), Portable Thunderbird (email client), Portable OpenOffice.org (office suite), Portable AbiWord (word processor), Portable NVU (web editor), Portable Sunbird (calendar & task list), Portable FileZilla (FTP client), Portable Gaim (instant messenger) and will fit on a 256Mb USB thumbdrive."

Removing unused device drivers from Windows XP machines

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"Did you know that unless you uninstall a device driver on a Windows XP machine that it still may be sucking up valuable system resources? Here are step-by-step instructions on how you can view and remove these unnecessary devices."

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The Top 10 Infosec Myths

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The Top 10 Infosec Myths: "When it comes to information security, there's a lot of popular wisdom available, but much of it is unfounded and won't necessarily improve your organization's security.

Here are 10 network security myths that bear further examination."