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Save the planet : disable Facebook email notifications!

I consider myself a moderate Facebook user : I check my account roughly once a week, and I actually post something on my wall once a month, at best... And still, I receive approximately 20 emails per day notifying me that "Chuck Norris is a new friend suggestion" or "Mark Zuckerberg posted a new update". This is represents more than 7000 emails per year.

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New ways to run Kali Linux on Windows using WSL

Some time ago I wrote a blog about Installing Linux Bash Shell (and Metasploit) on Windows 10. This is great, when we want to enjoy the best of both worlds- keep using Windows, with its out-of-the-box configuration and set-up, and still be able to use the powerful tools available for the Linux distribution. In my previous blog I went through the steps necessary for setting up WSL and installing an Ubuntu and Kali Linux distribution. Since then, a lot of advancements have been made to facilitate the use of these distributions for Windows Users.

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MARk: Visualizations with D3.js

Detecting suspicious or malicious activity in a network is not a trivial task. In recent years the attacks perpetrated have grown in sophistication and frequency. For this reason a new detection tool was developed, in the form of the Multi Agent Ranking framework (MARk). MARk sets the groundwork for the implementation of large scale detection and ranking systems through the implementation of a distributed storage in conjuncture with highly specialized, stand-alone detector agents. The detector agents are responsible for analyzing specific predefined characteristics and producing a report of any suspicious activity encountered.

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Secure your project with the GitLab SAST analyzers

Learn how to secure any project with the GitLab SAST analyzers and easily separate the false positives from the real threats that should be addressed before deploying the project.

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Laravel database transactions & mysqldump

Did you know that mysqldump can create inconsistent backups if you do not use database transactions in Laravel? Let's discover that issue and address it in order to avoid it. After setting up and running locally a Laravel project that will serve as a demo for that specific issue, we will observe the necessity of using transactions and how to implement them. We'll also discover many more tips while trying to understand what happens under the MySQL hood.

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Configure rolling backups with rsnapshot

In this blog post we show how to use rsnapshot to configure nice and easy rolling backups.

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Running and Imaging with FTK Imager from a flash device

In the process of analyzing a suspicious machine, the first thing we need to do is to actually image the machine we want to investigate. There are different tools available to do this, but the one I most often use is FTK Imager by AccessData. The FTK Imager tool is easy to use and more importantly, there is a free version.

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Download BigBlueButton recordings as videos

BigBlueButton is a great platform for online teaching. It has many features like built-in drawing tools (even supports multi-user drawing), breakout rooms, chat, shared notes, polling, screen sharing, session recording etc. But, the recorded sessions are no actual videos.

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We are looking for 2 new colleagues!

We are starting 2 new research projects:

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Log management with Loki : getting started

Loki is a log database developed by Grafana Labs. It's similar to Elasticsearch, with some major conceptual differences:

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What is a genetic algorithm (and how does it work)?

In the Machine Learning field, there are plenty of different algorithms. Each algorithm has its own advantages and drawbacks, its domains of application and its performance. One of these algorithms we heard the most about is the Genetic Algorithm.

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Email tracking techniques

Ever wondered how a company can track the opening of the emails it sends to its customers? Here you will learn to achieve that without using any third party email tracking service. All the techniques will be illustrated through Laravel code since all you need is a web server and a few scripts!

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