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The more I read about SIEMs and "next-gen" SIEMs, the more I think a solid ELK stack will do me just fine. To be fair, I used to work for a SIEM vendor years ago, but I think a modern ELK stack with alerts for incidents I care about specifically may do me just fine.

Pst! Do you need CPEs for your CISSP, CISM, CISA, or CEH? Why not check out some free courses on or even better, go listen to some security podcasts like Defensive Security (@jerry), Smashing Security (@gcluley) or even Purple Squad Security (me)! We're all entertaining and informative in our own rights, and you can get 1 CPE per hour. ;-) YMMV, but I'm a fan.

So is supposed to be installed on a smartphone before you can use it on desktop? Unofficially, the desktop version is perfectly capable of creating new accounts. All you need is a number to receive an SMS or voice mail. Here is how.

Happy New Years, ya filthy animals! πŸ¦™πŸ«πŸ„πŸ‘πŸˆπŸ“πŸπŸ¦πŸ†πŸ…πŸ¦πŸΏπŸ‡πŸ€πŸ•Š

I'm patiently waiting for my new 3D printer to arrive. I've got a load of accessories for the printer setup, I've got an Arduino to help flash a bootloader and install some new firmware, and now I'm looking for hacker projects to print on it. Aside from adapters for the house (vacuum, etc), what do you all suggest?

I'm looking at the Digispark boards right now, thinking of making my own USB rubber ducky, but I'm curious what others would do.

Seeing as Lerg refuses to join the fediverse, I'll say it here.

Happy Birthday to our savior of social media @jerry! May the llamas run freely and the dumpster fires be self-igniting. A sincere thank you for everything you have done for the community, both Infosec and human (because AI is taking over security ).

Got a small tip for those doing . When using -- to comment, add a space and another -. MySQL-like engines need whitespace and a character following the -- to know its a comment, and most forms trim whitespace from input values. See:

I finally finished all 10 objectives. This was a hell of a lot of fun, but man alive was it difficult at times! Learned a lot though, and definitely went way outside my comfort zone. Now I feel a bit empty...

Merry Christmas fediverse! Stay classy, stay rational, and stay happy this holiday season, no matter what you celebrate. Heck, even being happy it's a Tuesday is awesome in my books. 😁

Cool. Just found the block feature on Mastodon. No offense to Huawei, but I have no interest in your company or products. You guys lost me at you interrogation/interview a year ago.

Hey all, just a small update - the show may be done for the year, but I'm going to try to squeeze at least one more episode in this year. My apologies, poor scheduling and such on my part. I'll be back ASAP! Thanks!

Jayson E. Street shares a familiar story from one of his , but also follows up with a not-well-known epilogue that has me in stitches!

Sigh. For all of those who raised concerns about the @tinker interview having too loud music to hear the discussion I have taken that one down and replaced it with a non-music version. Please share and re-listen! :-) Thanks everyone, and sorry for the mistake!

Are you still looking for a team for the this year? is fast approaching! Sign up at to join our channel and join the Purple Squad Security squad as we undertake this year's challenge! All skills welcome!

With soon upon us, if anyone in the Fediverse is interested in joining in, Purple Squad Security has a small group of people lined up to work on it and share our experiences with each other. If you've never done a CTF, consider joining us! We do this via our Slack, which you can join via

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