How we phished a 20 billion Euro company out of 79% of their passwords

This article originally appeared on, and was featured by Medium, and the Belgian technology publication Data News. Disclaimer: We were asked to do this, encrypted (and salted) the sensitive data, never saw, had or stored any non-encrypted sensitive data, and we had some inside help. We loudly applaud this initiative from this company, security, like punctuation and proper grammar, matters. A leading player in its industry, with a turn-over of an impressive 20 billion Euro annually, asked us to do something special for their IT operations management/InfoSec meetup in Hannover, Germany. Information security, sometimes shortened to InfoSec, is the »

Blockchain for Beginners

Blockchain is an encrypted, open, decentralized database, recognized by leading mathematicians, cryptographers and economists around the world. Basically Blockchain allows in a mathematical way to agree on data and transactions, without the need for intermediate parties. The network is self-regulated, transactions get verified solving mathematical equations (blocks) in exchange for rewards. (about the math: if you want to sleep well, Google ecdsa or mathematical trap door) Data can be anything — money, work, property, votes, shares, anything that represents a certain value. The network verifies and agrees the transaction, every node in the network holds a(n encrypted) copy of the »

10 tips to grab a stage place at Startup Weekend

Last weekend, I dragged my buddy Rudolf to my third Startup Weekend (first as participator), this time in at the GreenBridge incubator facilities in Oostende, Belgium (where Marvin Gaye wrote his Sexual Healing). Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. (Source: WikiPedia) As of July 2015, the concept Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. Impressive. Tip »

The Rise of Middleware Companies

Use external services to build faster and cheaper. As we work with startups (being newly formed companies, or new ideas) all the time, we see a clear increase in so-called middleware-companies. Simply put: they have a business idea, and connect existing technology to make it work. Middleware connects these pieces. Middleware is sometimes called plumbing because it connects two sides of an application and passes data between them. Main advantages: Take advantage of huge amounts of R&D, that they couldn't possibly afford themselves Swap out what can be improved, or doesn't work as expected Need video conferencing? Embed »

Speed Dating for Startups

Partnering with our friends at Start it @KBC, a rather impressive network of startups, we organised our first Speed Dating session. It's simple: startups from their network get to book a 45 minute time slot, in which they can quick-fire questions. Questions posed are usually from a technical nature (but they can ask whatever they want), ranging between: Architecture Server infrastructure (VPS, AWS, etc.) Back-end Front-end Framework options best suited for their scenario Scalability (like low and high priority message queuing) Next up are the companies from Ghent and Leuven, which we will also try and help as much as »