Introduction to RaaS (Ransomware-as-a-Service)

The cyber threats come in all shapes and sizes, from benign adware that is now considered legacy threats as they have become easily detected and removed to ransomware capable of locking your device, website and\or files. Ransomware authors are continually progressing with their methods have recently developed a new breed of threat called ransomware-as-a-service or also known as RaaS. What is RaaS? The ransomware itself has been around for many years now, but unfortunately, it had not been fully recognized as a top threat until a widespread attack of WannaCry virus in 2017. The attack began in Europe but moved swiftly to reach more than 250,000 computers in 116 countries in less than a week. WannaCry affected not only home users but also government organizations, hospitals, telecommunication providers, and universities. Once a computer is infected with ransomware, the user cannot access the files or programs at all until he pays an amount of money to the attacker within a limited period. Attackers usually demand about 600 – 1000 USD worth of Bitcoin from each computer. Now put in mind that WannaCry is not RaaS, but a conventional form of ransomware, albeit a powerful one. Ransomware falls under the RaaS category…

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Understanding the Importance of API Testing and Why You Should Be Doing It

So what is API testing exactly and why is it important part of your app development process? First of all, let’s first define what API (Application Programming Interface) is. Put simply, an API is a set of functions, procedures, and other points of access which applications or operating systems make available to programmers that allows it to interact with other software. It’s somewhat similar to a user interface, but acts as a direct software connection to lower-level functions and operations. APIs are more complex in that usually only trained, knowledgeable programmers deal with them. With that out of the way, the next question is: what’s API testing? API testing focuses on the business logic layer of the application, which works on a much deeper level than other types of testing. This is different from GUI testing, which is able to test the look and feel of an application. Instead of using user inputs and outputs, you use software to send calls to the API. You then receive an output and note down the system’s response. Depending on the testing environment, you’ll most likely be writing your own code to test the API. Programmers should consider using an API testing tool…

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Why could computer science be the career for you?

Deciding what you want to do in life has always been tricky for many; while some people know what they want to do from a very young age, others often are not sure where they fit in with regards to career paths. In a world of infinite opportunities, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, why stick to one career when something else might take your fancy a few months or years down the line? As it takes years to study and train to qualify for any specific job, you have to be sure it’s right for you. An area that could be the answer to any conflict in your mind is computer science, as it covers many industries, is constantly changing and offers a variety many industries lack. Why computer science? An industry that’s continuously growing, and expected to continue to grow and grow, you’re almost guaranteed to not only find jobs with a computer science degree but a career with extended longevity. This isn’t surprising; it’s already been noted that technology is changing how we live, and is destined to change how we’ll work one day too. This is because the technology itself is accelerating at an…

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Why is SAFe® Popular and Why Should Organizations Bet On It?

Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is a methodology for an Agile team to work on massive projects in a flexible way. It is one of the leading Agile systems globally. It is considered as the current industry standard for valuable projects to impress clients. It is a complete solution for a perfect project closure with minimal risk of errors and rejections. Four benefits of using SAFe For any methodology to be implemented in a development process, it is important to know its benefits. So how does SAFe Benefit Organizations? Here are 4  benefits: Employee Engagement: In a software development company there are numerous reasons for employees to keep changing jobs. While working with SAFe®, they are 50% more likely to stay put with their organization, probably because of the flexibility SAFe® gives to work with a project. Time to Market:  Lean-Agile Frameworks take lesser time to enter into the market. They add value to the project and hence enter the market quickly. Software developers who practice Agile management are sure to gain first-mover advantages which will, in turn, bring high margin profits to the company. SAFe® enabled projects are known to witness 30-75 % improvement in marketing time. Quality: A project with…

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What is a Ransomware Attack?

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Ransomware has been around for almost as long as consumer use of the Internet. This type of malicious software can be deployed to attack businesses as well as individuals. In some cases, there is more than one reason behind the attack. In order to properly prepare yourself for a potential ransomware attack, it pays to understand a bit about the nature of this type of malware, what it can do, and how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim. Understanding the Nature of Ransomware Ransomware is an infection that either limits or completely blocks access to your operating system or the programs running on that system. The malware is designed to circumvent the protections that you have on the drive and essentially take over the system. It’s only after you comply with any demands issued by the originator that you are able to regain control of the system. What’s the Purpose of a Ransomware Attack? The most common purpose of any ransomware attack is to extort money from the victim. In exchange for remitting whatever sum the originator demands, you are supplied with a code or other resource that is supposed to remove the block and restore full access to…

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Powerful open source SQLite manager for Raspberry Pi

SQLite is a lightweight but powerful database management tool. It occupies a little space on the device – a bit more than 500KB, but offers most of the features that are implemented on other SQL database tools. SQLite is a serverless engine, meaning that the whole database is stored in a single file, and all transactions are reads and write from the file. There are no initial server configurations required – all you need is to create a .db file and start writing queries. This is why SQLite is preferred on small devices like mobile phones, embedded devices, and Raspberry Pi. Previously, we have installed an SQLite into Raspberry Pi, created database and table with only a few lines of script. We performed all the tasks from the command line tool. Eventually, you will want to have full control of the database and see the whole picture. Therefore, you should also consider installing SQLite manager, which brings a graphical user interface to work with SQL databases. To run the SQLite manager, you will need to work from the Raspberry Pi desktop. You may want to connect a monitor, or like me, use a VNC client to access the Raspberry Pi…

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How to Protect Your Business’s Computer Network

Your business needs a computer that is connected to a network, or in other words, the internet. Think, for a moment, about all of the benefits that you would obtain from doing this. You would be able to communicate with your clients, customers, and prospective employees daily. Not to mention, it allows you to have a presence on the world wide web, improving your credibility as a company. So, you decided to set up a computer network, but have you thought about what you need to do to protect it? To safeguard yourself against cybersecurity attacks and to keep your connection secure, you must adhere to the following steps. Monitor by installing a firewall A firewall is a software that people use to protect their private network security. It is precisely for this reason that it should be one of the first steps people take to safeguard their networks, which they must have turned private, to begin with. You don’t want unauthorized users to access your internet, right? That is why a firewall can act as a defense against this, as it can monitor and prevent security breaches at the same time.

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