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Securing the Campaign 4: Risk Mitigation

On outlining the prevalent threats at the campaigns, Ben Hagen now proceeds with description of the tools and methods applicable for mitigating these perils. Keeping in mind all the threats we faced, let’s talk about what we did to actually mitigate them at the campaign. In terms of enterprise security,...

Securing the Campaign 3: Types of Technological Threats Being Faced

Ben Hagen’s main focus in this section is on the overview of technological hazards that the election headquarters were facing at the campaign. The role technology played in the election – people often quoted it as being a force multiplier. What that means is somebody who can call 100 people on their...

Securing the Campaign 2: The Role of Technology in 2008 and 2012 Election Campaigns

What Ben Hagen covers here is the way technology impacted the last two US presidential campaigns, and also highlights the problems that occurred along the way. So, getting into the actual campaigns: 2008 – obviously, Obama won that. And he won it by pretty big margin; I’m not sure if everybody is...

Securing the Campaign by Ben Hagen

Ben Hagen, an acclaimed security consultant from the US who ran Application Security for the Obama re-election campaign, delivers a talk at the 29th Chaos Communication Congress event to share his insider’s view of the recent Presidential Election campaigns from a security perspective. Hello everybody!...

Open Source Intelligence 6: Data Validation

Winding up with his keynote at Hacktivity event, Jeff Bardin provides tips on validating the collected data and provides a general summary on the topic. Another thing I’m going to mention is that you need to validate your sources. This can be kind of difficult. Sometimes you find that everybody’s saying...

Open Source Intelligence 5: The Applicable Tools

This section of Jeff Bardin’s presentation is about using some of the open source tools out there to look up different types of data on the adversaries. So, now that you’ve got your sock puppet created, you’ve got your anonymity in place, you’ve got your cultural, social, political background and...

Open Source Intelligence 4: Know Your Adversary

Jeff Bardin is now clarifying the different aspects that need to be thoroughly studied about the adversary, including historical, cultural, and religious ones. I mentioned earlier the historical, linguistic, cultural, political types of aspects. It really pays to know your target inside and out. Sun Tzu said...

Open Source Intelligence 3: Retrieving the Target’s Online Activity Traces

Based on his actual engagements, Jeff Bardin clarifies some methods for looking up online mentions of a target and recommends a couple of tools for doing that. When I first started doing this, this is an example of some of the things out there that I’ve done. One of the targets I was after was Anwar...

Open Source Intelligence 2: Creating and Validating a Sock Puppet

Getting to the core of the subject matter, Jeff Bardin describes the process of creating personas and making those as trustworthy as possible for optimal assimilation with the adversaries. When you create a sock puppet, if you’re having a hard time with this, you can go to fakenamegenerator.com and start...

Open Source Intelligence by Jeff Bardin

Jeff Bardin, the prominent cyber security professional and consultant with enormous background in intelligence, risk management and information security, shares his expertise at Hacktivity conference, delving into the methods and tools for open source cyber intelligence. Conference Host: It’s my honor to...