Digital forensics and hardware identification

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I thought I would sit down and begin a series of articles surrounding digital forensics with hardware identification being the lead in. The subject of forensics is one that I personally have not placed a great deal of effort and recently I took the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator training from EC-Council. On day one, I knew I was hooked and it may not be for reason that you may suspect. I enjoy hacking from a white hat perspective and understanding the black hats is key to being successful. Ironically on day one of the training, I quickly learned that my …

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They Live at DEFCON22

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Every year in August thousands upon thousands of people flock to Las Vegas, NV for the anual DEFCON conference. This is my second year attending and I knew once I attended DEFCON21 that I was forever hooked. I cannot begin to describe what the experience is like, because the experience is what you make of it. Last year, I had fun, but I did sit back and try to determine what I should and should not do. At the end of DEFCON21, I knew that I was going to jump head first into DEFCON22 and that is exactly what I …

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Rip music from YouTube using youtube-dl, ffmpeg, and lame

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In a previous post I wrote about how to Rip DEFCON videos from YouTube and this got me to thinking about music. Is it possible to take a video that contains a music track and extract the audio to MP3 format? Well the answer surprisingly enough is yes. Now before you get to excited, you must understand that doing this clearly violates copyright laws and for that reason, I am writing about this purely from an educational point of view. Everything I am covering here is done on OS X and I used the homebrew package manager to install the required …

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Rip DEFCON videos from YouTube

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Have you never attended DEFCON and want to watch hours upon hours of conference talks? You could always go the the DEFCON YouTube playlist and click your way around the hundreds of videos or you could download the videos. You could go search for a addon or extension for your favorite browser or search the myriad of software options. Downloading videos from YouTube can be simple, complex, free, or costly depending upon your experience, time, and resources. Years ago, I purchased a MacBook Pro and I also started learning more about Linux distributions such as Kali and Ubuntu. Moving away …

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Getting started with the Mark IV WiFi Pineapple

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The WiFi Pineapple is an amazing and fun piece of technology. To be honest, I purchased this technology late in 2013 and I never really sat down and played with it until recently. I sat down with my MacBook Pro and in no time at all I was frustrated that I was not able to get the Pineapple working properly. My issue was either I was successful at obtaining an external IP address, but I was not successful at accessing the Pineapple’s web interface of 172.16.42.1:1471 and it took a bit of research to find out the root cause. In …

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Resize an image the quick and simple way

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It is no secret that I have been getting more and move involved with digital photography and I really enjoy shooting water landscapes with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM lens. The one hurdle that I continue to face, beyond learning all that I can about photography, is being productive during post processing. The fact is it very easy to go out and shoot hundreds of photos depending on where I am. Getting back home and turning to Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, I end up spending much more time than I should in post processing. To that …

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