Jeder Jeck
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11-13 May 2018Cologne-Germany

Hack your own website! before hackers do it

Nowadays most attacks on websites are executed by automated hacker scripts. Of course, you have updated your Joomla site, your extensions are up-to-date to the latest versions, you backup your site regularly and you have a reliable hosting party. What else can you do?

Hack* your own site! Just like the automated hackscripts* do. But do not do everything on your live site. In the worst case you kill your site, slow down the web server and your hosting provider might block your IP address.

In this presentation + demo Peter shows what hackers* try to do on your website. Peter shows how to set up local test environments (using Virtualbox, Vagrant and Ansible to automatically deploy a LAMP stack) and release automated hackscripts* on it.

(* Actually "hacking" is not the right term. It should be called "cracking" instead. Hackers discover unintended possibilities in tools or applications. Crackers try to circumvent computer security)

Speaker: Peter Martin

Peter Martin loves the freedom and possibilities that open source software gives you as user and the knowledge sharing that you can only find within such open source communities. He has been active in the international Joomla community since 2005: at first as regular forum user, and later as Global Moderator at Joomla forum. In the past he was a member of the Community Leadership Team, Operations Department Coordinator, Board of Directors and Google Summer of Code mentor. In the Netherlands he helps with organizing Pizza Bugs and Fun, and the Dutch Joomla Developers group.

Peter loves Linux. The Joomla User Groups have inspired him in 2012 to start his own Linux User Group Nijmegen with monthly meetings.

Peter has his own business (founded in 2005) and supports companies and organizations with Joomla implementations, support and custom Joomla extension development. Peter is co-founder of - a website with web application to help companies comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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