14 01, 2017

Incredibly Strange Programming Languages

By |2017-01-14T09:11:48-05:00January 14th, 2017|

If you've ever suspected that “all programming languages are pretty much the same; they just have different syntax,” well, you will never suspect that again! Covering languages from the unusually powerful (Idris) to the illuminated (قلب) to the profoundly limited (BlooP), and all points in between, these languages will help you think differently about approaches to software problems you face in your day job. Of course we’ll have a lot of fun, but these languages are no joke. The practical benefit of an impractical language is the power to find new approaches to common problems.

14 01, 2017

Thinking Like a Hacker

By |2017-01-14T09:11:44-05:00January 14th, 2017|

When it comes to security and vulnerabilities, it can be difficult to understand how vulnerabilities are found and how different vulnerabilities can be strung together. Whether you want to be a penetration tester, move into application security, or just understand how this all works, the first essential step is thinking like an attacker. This is an often repeated idea in the secuirty industry: to excel at defending, you must understand the attacks, and vice versa. Switching into an offensive mindset takes effort and practice. This switch requires breaking old habits and ideas. Instead of testing if an application will accept [...]

14 01, 2017

Anatomy of a Distributed Denial of Service attack

By |2017-01-14T09:11:35-05:00January 14th, 2017|

Ever been to a website or tried to use an internet service that was suddenly not working? It may have been the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack or DDoS as they are called. They happen almost daily in varying shapes and sizes, but you don’t always get the details of how and why. You’ll hear the story of such an attack from someone who was a victim along with detail of how it happened, why it happened, and what they are doing to protect themselves the next time it happens so you can too.

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