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Securing our future 2: Legal infringement of privacy

Judging from targeted ad campaigns on social networks, Mikko Hyppönen argues, these companies know too much about their users, which is a big privacy concern. When you go and look at these services as a customer, you go and buy an ad, you end up in this user interface, for example with Twitter, where you...

Securing our future – Mikko Hyppönen

Mikko Hyppönen, F-Secure’s CRO and security celebrity who needs no introduction, highlights current and emerging concerns caused by ubiquity of the Internet. I am Mikko Hyppönen, and I have spent my life analyzing viruses, tracking hackers, catching online criminals and trying to protect the security...

How not to suck at pen testing 6: Penetration testers code of ethics

Black Hills Information Security’s John Strand lists the essential rules, which are intended to make pen testing more efficient as the industry is moving on. John Strand: The whole gist of this entire presentation is we need to keep moving forward as network pen testers. We need to continue to find new...

How not to suck at pen testing 5: Hunt teaming

This part is about a really interesting, highly effective take on network penetration testing advocated by John Strand and his colleague Joff Thyer. John Strand: So, let’s talk about trying to find new areas, and that’s kind of where we are going to start tying this up (see right-hand image). We need to...

How not to suck at pen testing 4: Bit9 issues and ISR Evilgrade attacks

John Strand dwells on a few nontrivial vectors applicable for compromising target organization’s IT infrastructure and bypassing technologies like Bit9. Also, there’s data loss prevention. As I said, we’re in the midst of a webcast called “Sacred Cash Cow Tipping”. In information security,...

How not to suck at pen testing 3: Mitigating structural weaknesses

The author of the presentation moves on to express his viewpoint on the correct way of handling structural vulnerabilities found during a security assessment. Another kind of offset one was antivirus. I know that this isn’t leet at all, but a couple of weeks ago we did a webcast called “Sacred Cash Cow...

How not to suck at pen testing 2: Thinking beyond the Reds

Some information security engagements described by John Strand demonstrate that the Criticals in pen test reports are not the only things to look at. A number of years ago Ethan Robish, who was with Black Hills Information Security, was doing a pen test for a customer of ours that had multiple pen tests from...

How not to suck at pen testing – John Strand

John Strand, the owner of Black Hills Information Security, shares his perspective upon what the present-day penetration testing should be like. The name of this presentation is “How not to suck at pen testing”. There’s a lot of presentations that you’ll see where people just rip on the pen...

Adaptive Penetration Testing 8: The Social-Engineer Toolkit Works Wonders

In the closing part of the presentation, Dave Kennedy reviews some cool features of the new version of SET, and Kevin Mitnick demonstrates his famous whistle. Dave: Now I want to go into the Social-Engineer Toolkit 2.1, which is getting released today. I’ll upload it, probably, tonight when I maybe...

Adaptive Penetration Testing 7: Rogue AP and the Blackout Jammer

Kevin Mitnick and Dave Kennedy share two more pentest stories: one involving a rogue certificate and the other one based on exploiting powerline communication. Dave: We have a little bit time left, so Kevin do you want to fly through this one? This is the external and wireless penetration test (see...