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How to Create and Configure an AWS VPC with Python

Amazon Web Services enables you to create a custom defined virtual network also know as Amazon VPC or Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, which, just like any traditional network in a data center, is highly scalable and easily configurable using programming languages like Python. In this article we will demonstrate how to automate creating an AWS VPC and configure a custom virtual network. … [Read more...]

How to Automate AWS S3 Static Websites Using Python

Amazon Web Services offers a very popular object storage service known as Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) that enables you to store data, files, images and even videos in highly available containers called ‘buckets’ which are also easy to access endpoints using any popular programming language. In combination of AWS S3 and with other AWS services developers can build scalable and durable … [Read more...]

New critical vulnerability in open-source office suites

A great number of attack techniques these days are using Microsoft Office documents to distribute malware. In recent years, there has been serious development on document exploit kit builders, not to mention the myriad of tricks that red-teamers have come up with to bypass security solutions. In contrast to drive-by downloads that require no user interaction, document-based attacks usually … [Read more...]

Managing Windows System Administration with WMI and Python

Tired of managing Windows system administration tasks manually? Wish you could set up a few Python scripts instead? Where there's a will, there's a way! In this article, we'll show you how to install Python's WMI module and how you can use it to perform system administration processes. … [Read more...]

How to Manage AWS IAM Users with Python

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a service known as Identity and Access Management (IAM) that lets AWS Administrators provision and manage users and permissions in AWS cloud.  AWS IAM can prove very useful for System Administrators looking to centrally manage users, permissions and credentials; in order to authorize user access on AWS services like EC2, S3, CloudWatch etc. … [Read more...]

How to Manage AWS EC2 Infrastructure with Python

In this article, we'll take a look at how system administrators can use Python to manage their Amazon Web Services (AWS)  Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure. You’ll learn to query existing EC2 instances, change the state of the virtual machines and their configurations, or terminate any instances that are no longer required. … [Read more...]

How to Create an EC2 Instance with Python

In this article, we'll take a look at how Python can be used by System Administrators to automate the management of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure. You'll learn how to set up the Python scripting environment for first use, and how to enable yourself as a user to create Python scripts to launch virtual machine instances in AWS EC2 as per specific … [Read more...]

PBot: a Python-based adware

Recently, we came across a Python-based sample dropped by an exploit kit. Although it arrives under the disguise of a MinerBlocker, it has nothing in common with miners. In fact, it seems to be PBot/PythonBot: a Python-based adware. Apart from a couple of posts on forums in Russian language and brief threat notes, we couldn’t find any detailed publication. Some of its features are pretty … [Read more...]