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New Features: Lab Progress & Machine Information

Today we’re excited to announce some new features that we’ve been working on for the last couple weeks. All features rely on a new student panel that will form a solid basis for new features around the lab machines to be developed in the future. The new features for this release is functionality to track your progress in the Virtual Hacking Labs and Lab Machine Pages that contain hints that can be used by anyone that is stuck at a specific lab machine.

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Most Popular Penetration Testing Tools

Many people have asked me what are the best hacking tools and which tools they should use for penetration testing. Not a strange question considering the fact that there are so many different hacking tools around. Getting started with the right toolset makes penetration testing much more fun and approachable for newcomers. Therefore I created a list of the most popular and commonly used penetration testing tools.

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4 weeks of Virtual Hacking Labs

Today it has been 4 weeks since the official launch of the Virtual Hacking Labs. In the last 4 weeks we’ve had the honour to welcome the first students in the Virtual Hacking Labs. We are very excited to see that the hacking labs have drawn attention from both beginners and experts in the field of penetration testing. We also appreciate the positive feedback we’ve got from both groups.

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The Virtual Hacking Labs has launched!

Today we have finally launched the Virtual Hacking Labs for the public! After almost a year of hard work we can offer our students a full self paced penetration testing course that includes lab access to 30 machines that are vulnerable by design. All lab machines have been carefully developed by us in such way that they contribute to a specific learning experience. Learn about exploiting SMB vulnerabilities, SQL injection, SNMP enumeration, code analysis, reverse shells and Metasploit in the courseware and practice techniques in the Virtual Hacking Labs.

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Eternalblue Windows SMB Exploit

Last Friday 14 April ‘The Shadow Brokers’, a group that claimed to have stolen hacking tools from the NSA, has leaked a new set of exploits affecting Windows systems. One of these exploits is named Eternalblue, a remote code execution vulnerability via SMBv1 and NBT targeting Windows operating systems from Windows XP to Windows Server 2012. Newer Windows systems, such as Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, remain untargeted for the moment.

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