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TrueCrypt 5.0 released

TrueCrypt 5.0, the open-source, multi-platform encryption suite, is available for download. New features for Windows include improved write speeds (up to 100% improvement) and Full Disk Encryption. They’ve also released a long-anticipated Mac OSX version 🙂
Why did I embolden Full Disk Encryption? Because UK companies and Government organisations are losing laptops left, right and centre … Read more »

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Security Configuration Guides from the NSA

I just discovered that the NSA publish a fair amount of Security guides on their website. Looks like some very interesting content – not to mention free 🙂
Found via Network Geek (which I found via

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Notes: Cracking WEP on the Windows command line with Aircrack-ng and AirPcap Tx

Finally, I’ve had time to write down my notes on using aircrack-ng with the Airpcap Tx adapter in Windows. Before you read on, please be aware that this isn’t meant to be a guide or tutorial, it’s just my notes. Thanky 🙂
Start capturing:

Fake auth:

Start attack:

Deauth (if we need ARPs):
aireplay-ng –deauth 3 -a BSSIDMAC -c CLIENTMAC … Read more »

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Securely Erasing Hard Drives

Every once in a while I need to securely wipe a hard drive before it’s sold on. To do this I use Darik’s Boot and Nuke. DBAN is a free, bootable application that allows you to securely erase a hard drive so that no one can recover any of the data that’s on it.
Why should … Read more »

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Network policy stops you from using Windows Update

After re-installing the OS on a Dell Powervault 715n, I remembered that out of the box, it won’t connect to Windows Update (which is of course really, really stupid for a Windows 2000 Server based NAS).
If you RDC into the box, and then try to connect to Windows Update, you’ll see a message like this:
Access … Read more »