Always-On Security Testing

AkimboCore are a cybersecurity testing company with an aim:

To work hard on the interesting problems
and to automate the boring ones.

We find security flaws in systems by combining penetration testing activities and bespoke automation. Our goal is to be more effective than vulnerability scanning and more efficient than penetration testing.

We deliver this through an online platform which makes monitoring, managing, and halting security testing easy.

Cybersecurity Services

We offer a range of cybersecurity services to help keep your organisation safe:

Penetration Testing

Whether you want Always-on Security Testing, or a one-off assessment, our team is very experienced in finding security issues.

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Cybersecurity Training

We deliver security training on topics such as building more secure web applications to security awareness.

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Security Consultancy

We offer a range of consultancy services to help you review, design, or implement your security plan.

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Security Testing

AkimboCore offer a range of security testing services, from traditional penetration testing to modern approachs such as always-on security testing. We find vulnerabilities in your systems and guide you through the process of making them more secure.

Always-on Security Testing - Our A-oST service combines manual penetration testing with bespoke application-specific automation, to provide a continuous assessment of your organisation risk. We aim to be more efficient that traditional penetration testing and more effective than simple vulnerability scanning.

Penetration Testing - If you just need a one-off security assessment, then penetration testing will deliver that. We determine your organisation's real-world risk using a manual approach and verify risks to eliminate false positives.

Security Training

The AkimboCore team regularly run hands-on security and penetration testing courses across the UK. With labs to allow you to get practical experience breaking security systems, before teaching you how to build the systems in a more resilient way.

Building and Breaking: Infrastructure - Learn how to compromise and secure network infrastructure. From zero access to Domain Administrator. Ideal for system administrators, IT helpdesk staff, or those looking for an introduction into ethical hacking and penetration testing.

Building and Breaking: Web Applications - Learn how to compromise web applications and APIs with penetration testing techniques; with hands-on labs covering the OWASP Top 10 and more. Ideal for software developers who build things for the web, or those looking for an introduction into web application penetration testing.

Security Awareness Training - We show your staff how we compromise systems as part of our day-job, and how they can stay safe. Ideal for non-technical staff members who need a broad overview of working securely.

Security Consultancy

Sometimes you don't need a neat packaged-service, but you just need some help with a project, we offer cybersecurity consultancy which can offer just that.

Security Consultancy - Want some help creating, developing, or implementing a security action plan? Want a review of your cybersecurity stance? Or just want to talk to an expert? Our team offer cybersecurity consultancy which could help you out.

Information Security Articles

We offer articles running through common and serious vulnerabilities within networked systems. We release security content on a range of topics, such as web applications, networks, and wireless.

XXE: XML External Entity Injection

Published on 12 July 2020

XML Entity Injection is a powerful vulnerability that can allow for confidential data theft and in rare cases command execution. It was also often overlooked for a whle - but now it features in the OWASP Top 10 as A4 it's a lot more well known.

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Extracting Domain Hashes: VSSAdmin

Published on 12 July 2020

We covered extracting domain hashes with Mimikatz  previously, but that's not always the best approach - for example where anti-virus is getting in the way. However there are other options for the same goal. This time around we'll take a look at using Vssadmin, a built-in Windows tool.

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Becoming a Penetration Tester

Published on 15 June 2020

Breaking into Penetration Testing can be a daunting career move; so in this article we talked about ways you can make your first move towards a career in this industry.


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LLMNR and NetBIOS-NS Spoofing with Responder

Published on 12 April 2020

Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR) and NetBIOS-Name Service (NBT-NS) are name resolution protocols that are enabled by default on Windows machines. They’re both used as a fallback for DNS. If a machine requests a hostname, such as when attempting to connect to a file-share, and the DNS server doesn’t have an answer – either because the DNS server is temporarily unavailable or the hostname was incorrectly typed – then an LLMNR request will be sent, followed by an NBT request. LLMNR is a multicast protocol and NBT-NS is a broadcast protocol.

Therefore, an attack can take place where an attacker responds to these requests with illegitimate requests. For example, directing the requesting user to connect to the attacker's machine where an authentication attempt will be made – disclosing hashed credentials for the targeted user.

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PrivEsc: Extracting Passwords with Mimikatz

Published on 08 April 2020

We recently published an article on using Incognito for privilege escalation as part of a short series on using Metasploit. In this article we’ll cover an alternative approach for privilege escalation – extracting plaintext credentials. Whilst incognito is generally easier to use, Mimikatz is powerful and flexible.

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Using Metasploit

Published on 06 April 2020

Metasploit is an exploitation framework. It’s a core tool of the penetration tester’s toolset and we use it for several of our vulnerability demonstrations, so it makes sense to write a quick “introduction to” for Metasploit. We’re going to look at the module system, navigating around, setting variables and running payloads.

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