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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

I am going to be upfront with all of you and say that I was not a huge fan of The Hazel Wood and gave it 3 stars. Also, not going to lie, but I do not even remember what happened in the second half of that book. But, when this happens with books, I like to give the second book in the series a chance — because you never know — and the next book could be amazing. This was not the case with The Night Country.

Usually, when I forget parts of previous books, the details will come back to me while I read the next story. With this one, I still feel lost. I feel like The Hazel Wood went off in a dark and confusing direction toward the end, and that’s why I couldn’t, or just didn’t, want to remember it. The Night Country had some of those same vibes.

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How to SSH to a Jailbroken iOS Device over USB

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How to SSH to a Jailbroken iOS Device over USB

I recently had to set up testing against our Akamai Staging environment which uses a different IP address than production. This required me to get a new MacBookPro that would support the latest version of MacOS, as well as the latest version of Xcode, just so that I could have sudo access to change add an entry in /etc/hosts in order to build the application from source and run it in the iOS simulator (since the Simulator doesn’t come packaged with the iOS AppStore). Then I had to carry around another computer in my backpack simply because I refuse to separate from Arch Linux and i3-gaps (which can perfectly emulate the Android version without issues), but I digress…

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Optimizing Python Code Using Cython: A Beginner’s Introduction

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Optimizing Python Code Using Cython: A Beginner’s Introduction

There are much better resources than this blog that will lead you down the rabbit hole of Cythonizing your Python code, but this is just a very easy introduction, outlining my own personal experiments as a Cython beginner, myself. In this tutorial, we will use my dictionary creation tool, brutalist, as a really bad example of how to Cythonize some Python code.

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Generating Large Password Dictionaries Using Brutalist

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Generating Large Password Dictionaries Using Brutalist

Brutalist is a cross-platform Python3+ based command line tool that can be used to generate very large word dictionaries based on minimal input. It can take a single word like “password” and generate up to 13,198,680 combinations using common special character substitutions and suffixes, and up to all possible 3-digit numerical suffixes with all variations of special characters appended. It is a highly-specialized tool, which should be a regular go-to in the tool belt of all red teamers and pentesters.

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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Gravemaidens is a debut novel by Kelly Coon — and again, you guys — I am blown away by the talent these debut novelists have this year! I’ll be honest, I mainly wanted to read this book because of that cover! Y’all, I’m a sucker for beautiful covers, and I’m happy to report that the story inside matched all its beauty and more.

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Enabling Full Disk Encryption on Legacy MBR BIOS with LVM on LUKS and GRUB Bootloader

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Enabling Full Disk Encryption on Legacy MBR BIOS with LVM on LUKS and GRUB Bootloader

This was obviously somewhat of an edge case, but I’m sure it will apply to many other users out there, and I hope it finds them well. This was one particular case where the Arch Wiki was a little shady and left me figuring out a lot of stuff on my own — as is the case for any Arch user — which is one of the reasons we punish ourselves by using it in the first place. That being said, this method should work with minimal tweaks for just about any OS, because the main things being modified here are the underlying disk formats, partitions, kernel, and bootloader. Everything else is left untouched.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House absolutely blew me away. I have read Leigh Bardugo before (The Grisha Trilogy) — Six of Crows is still on my TBR — but this book was entirely different from “The Grishaverse.” When comparing The Grisha Series against this first book in The Alex Stern Series, I would compare the Grisha series to a child perceiving the fantasy of what magic might be, which developed over time into Galaxy Stern, a real world, hardened survivor, whose very being and situation pulled her into a world she never expected to be in; a world where she eventually blossomed into a darkly-enlightened real-world practitioner of the occult — but not to meet her own ends — to act as one of the shepherds who oversees the other practitioners and holds them accountable in order to keep the magic in order and to keep the ritualists in check.

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove is a story that features enemies to lovers and good versus evil — two of my favorite tropes in literature and pop culture. In this book, there is basically war between the church, kingdom, and witches. The church is burning witches for their crimes against humanity, while the witches are trying to reclaim the land they lost to the royal family. Mixed up in all of this, is Lou, a witch who has abandoned her coven and is living on the streets. She is both feisty and hilarious, and her brazen actions put her in the path of Reid Diggory, the captain of the church’s Chasseurs.

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A High Level Overview of IT and Security Industry Standards

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A High Level Overview of IT and Security Industry Standards

This may sound like a boring article to many, but it is a basic overview of some very important information that is crucial to include in the repertoire of knowledge for all IT and security professionals.

In this article, we will be going over the high points for the following industry standards: PCI DSS, ISO 27001/27002, HIPAA, and the NIST/DoD frameworks, and adding some comments along the way on the relationships and effects that these policies and frameworks have on network architecture, as well as what possible implications they could have on architectural solutions. Most of the architectural solutions provided come from an Amazon Web Services perspective, but the same basic principles apply, regardless of which cloud service provider (CSP) you use, or even if your infrastructure is hosted on-premises.

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Ransomware. Ransomewhere? Inside malicious installers on MacOS, that’s where.

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Ransomware. Ransomewhere? Inside malicious installers on MacOS, that’s where.

With the new wave of ransomware attacks we have seen at the beginning of this week, especially targeted toward Spain, we can see that mostly Windows attack vectors are mostly being utilized, in what appears to be a variant of the Bitpaymer family, related to the Dridex group of malware.

But what does the future hold for attacks such as these? When will we see the attack vector change drastically to target something that your company is most-likely unprepared for? We are seeing bad actors targeting low-hanging fruit on Windows, while the world of end-users are going mobile. If iOS development is part of your enterprise, then whether you like it or not, MacOS literally has to be an integral part of your infrastructure…because XCode. Is it possible that this is something that has gone unnoticed in the threat detection landscape, or is the perception of the threat level just perceived to be so low that we haven’t yet come up with a good way to protect against it?

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