Fun way to read a book
Anita Batari

Fun way to read a book

What do you think about SPAMs? Most of us think they are useless and heavily annoying, but not for everybody. There are some geeks, who totally understand the background and find it rubbish, but sometimes they read them to “entertain themselves” and learn more about the recent patterns hacker tactics. Have you ever found a hidden gem among spams, worth showing to your friend? ‘Cus we have! We captured a spam attack causing some funny moments and now we’ll show it. Contact form spams - nightmare for a sysadmin Yesterday, while one of our talented administrators anal...
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Old botnets aren’t harmless - the presence of Cutwail botnet nowadays
Anita Batari

Old botnets aren’t harmless - the presence of Cutwail botnet nowadays

Server operator faces many different types of attacks every day. Brute force, spam, CMS hacks and SQL injections are the most common - and the majority of them are automated botnet attacks. I think none of us can estimate how many servers and PCs are being unprotected against even the most simple botnets. But it’s not necessary to be a victim of an easily defendable attack. But even being careful, one thing you can fail about server security is underestimating the risk of old vulnerabilities and botnets. Thinking they’re doing no harm anymore, since they have been exposed and tracked d...
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The most common CMS attack types
Daniel Mecsei

The most common CMS attack types

Nowadays, the Internet plays a huge part in our lives. It gets bigger and bigger every day, now it has more than one billion websites. Most of these sites are built with CMS which stands for Content Management System. It is a tool that provides an easy-to-use method for users without any programming skills in creating websites. The most common CMSs are written in PHP because most shared-hosting providers only provide this way to share/operate your website with the community. According to the statistics, WordPress has the largest market share with 52%, followed by Joomla with only 6%. The...
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Spammer Tactics – How they try to mislead you?
József Pálfi

Spammer Tactics – How they try to mislead you?

József Pálfi
Spammers are enemies of all sysadmins, because they are altering their tactics day by day. Keeping softwares up-to-date on your servers is not always as easy and solvable as we might think. Even though you have the latest application which is protected against the known security risks, you can have a lot of user-related contents which are like honey for hackers. In case of a hosting provider, lots of customers use shared resources. Unfortunately, they often lack knowledge on how to keep their website up-to-date. You can send them tons of e-mails about the importance of strong passwords...
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How does a malware/spam campaign work?

Nikoletta Szabo
The onset of the Internet has brought many rewarding benefits to human race. Thanks to it, communication that was pegged to letters, faxes and phone calls back then, have now become faster, reaching more audiences. Social media has also made it possible to connect with people from all around the globe. Although, with this new communicational development comes the challenge of phising and spamming that has continued to disrupt the new mailboxes of thousands of people around the world.   Spamming and phising can both be a form of stealing, by a hacker, where a great number of peop...
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How bots rule the Internet – and your performance

Bots have been on the Internet for a really long time. Maybe you weren’t even born, when the first one was programmed to automate a task or pretend to be a real person. During the time, their role became more and more important. They are the majority of the internet by now. According to the latest studies, the traffic of a random website shows 56% bot traffic and only 44% human traffic. Have you ever thought  about this? Good bots – Bad bots Behind the scenes, bots hack, spam, scam, crawl and do whatever a human can do, on a bigger and automated scale. Good bots are l...
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