March : 2011 : BackTrack Linux – Penetration Testing Distribution

The Schmooze Strikes Back

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Social Engineering Defcon 19 CTF is on its way.

When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. This is a common mistake that a lot of technical security practitioners make when dealing with security issues – always focusing on technology. This is why the BackTrack Team has always been so pleased to support the existence of Social-Engineer.Org and their efforts to raise awareness of the impact that malicious social engineering attacks have on companies as well as individuals.

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BackTrack 5 – Release Date and Tool Suggestions

As BackTrack 5 development rolls on full steam ahead, we’ve been getting numerous questions about the future release. We thought we’d publish a blog post with general information about BT5 for the impatient. The codename of this release will be “revolution”, for a bunch of reasons.

BackTrack 5 will be based on Ubuntu Lucid (10.04 LTS), and will (finally) support both 32 bit and 64 bit architectures. We will be officially supporting KDE 4, Gnome and Fluxbox while providing users streamlined ISO downloads of each Desktop Environment (DE). Tool integration from our repositories will be seamless with all our supported DE’s, including the specific DE menu structure.

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THE OFFICIAL SOCIAL ENGINEERING BOOK We would like to congratulate Social-Engineer.Org for their official release of the book, Social Engineering : The Art of Human Hacking. The book has proven to be a huge success and being marked by the community as the official social engineering book.

We are excited to see lead the way in evolving social engineering’s reputation from the world of scammers and thugs to a science that can be utilized to help improve information security for all of us.

We strongly encourage everyone to increase their awareness of malicious social engineering and the dangers it provides, and this book and the official social engineering framework are the perfect vehicles to start.

VOIP Penetration Testing with BackTrack

We are excited to announce that we recently deployed a new menu system to our BackTrack Wiki that more closely follows the KDE menu structure within BackTrack Linux.

With this new format, we will more easily be able to categorize various how-to articles and tips that closely match the wide range of tools that are available in BackTrack. By way of example, the excellent article, Pentesting VoIP with BackTrack, graciously contributed by NightRang3r, falls under the Voice Over IP menu just as the tools it demonstrates do in BackTrack

A wiki is only as good as its content so we are always looking for more great additions to the wiki. Therefore, if you have an idea that you would like to document and publish, send it in an email to {info at backtrack-linux dot org}

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