Tools of the trade

Cracking Passwords with Michael McIntyre

Posted on 2020-10-14 by Billy Cody in Tools of the Trade


I was watching the comedian Michael McIntyre’s most recent Netflix special “Showman” when he began a segment on the evolution of the online password. He described an algorithm that would’ve cracked most of my pre-teen online passwords. I decided to dig further and see how effective this algorithm is against some real world data.

Is Michael McIntyre really a master hacker?

Is he watching me right now?

How do I protect myself from him?

No. No. Read on!

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Board Mounting Devices for Fun & Hacker Feels

Posted on 2020-08-25 by Alexei Doudkine in Tools of the trade


Disclaimer: There is nothing about security in this post. Just a bit of fun!

A couple of weekends ago, I found myself in a rare position of having nothing to do. Sick of staring at a screen the entire week, I decided to do a small hardware project. I wanted to take all my networking gear that was in the TV unit, and mount it on a board.

Follow this DIY guide if you also want to look like a l33t h4xx0r by mounting your networking kit on a wall or a board. I did this for my networking gear I use at home, but it’ll work for anything and is a great way to keep your lab relatively tidy.

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The money concious, yet secure company

Posted on 2020-01-07 by Alexei Doudkine in Tools of the trade


Let’s face it, security in an organisation can be expensive. You need corporate antivirus, firewalls, a SIEM, a Vulnerability Management solution and of course, that NextGen Threat Analytics and Attack Simulating Toaster (NGTAAST™). Congratulations, you’ve just racked up over a million dollars’ worth of gear. If you are a large corporation with large security budgets, that’s great! Chances are, these controls are legitimately useful for you and help with your day-to-day defence. However, if you are a smaller company, the reality is that you have very finite resources to stop the exact same adversaries that threaten large corporations.

The good thing for smaller companies is that it’s not just black and white. You don’t have to choose between having the best AV or none at all. There are many free and open source tools available that can help if not completely replace paid software. What I love about the infosec industry is that it is full of people who truly care. They write and release software not for money, but to make a difference in the world. Let’s take a look at some of my favourite free and/or open source tools.

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