Hacker halted 2020

Hacker Halted 2020 – Day 5

Finishing off strong, today saw the last day of Hacker Halted 2020 talks

Zoey Selman shared her expertise on OSINT with tips and tricks based on years of experience on how to better search for targets from other countries. There are a lot of different cultural and technical differences between every country on the planet and if you try searching for a foreign user the same way as you would a local user it’s likely to be a lot more fruitful if you know which social networks and search engines are popular in which country.

Tyrone Wilson tackled the age old problem of “I cant get a job without experience and I can’t get experience without a job”. by Demonstrating how to build a practice environment using the Security Onion distro of linux and using pcap files from CTF events to give yourself real life data to practice blue teaming and analysis on. The majority of recruiters pay attention to how much self-study time people are putting into learning cyber security outside of their day job. So having documented proof of your lab activities gives you a boost.

Sean O’Connor has obviously spent a lot of time tracking and documenting the workings of all the active groups behind name and shame ransomware, and kindly shared a large chunk of that research with us. Each group behaves slightly differently and they are all somehow interlinked with members changing teams/names and sharing techniques. We also see how most of these firms tend to operate in ex-soviet union countries and as long as they target western countries and avoid friendly neighboring countries seem to enjoy some level of impunity from prosecution.

Briana Leddy finishes off the conference with a sales pitch / demonstration of her companies software. But as a technically minded person she gives some good insight and description into how AI can be setup to help spot and respond cyber threats quicker and cheaper than a human team.

Big thanks to EC-Council for setting this up and not letting Covid stop all the presenters delivering very useful and interesting presentations to the rest of us.

Hacker Halted 2020

Hacker Halted 2020

Due to Covid-19 the EC-Council have decided to make this years Hacker Halted conference an online affair and lowered the cost of basic entry to 0. The event is in it’s 14th year and looking through past events it looks to be a classic collection of guest speakers covering a wide array of cyber security topics. From the technical sides of offensive and defensive cyber security to the “softer” topics of hacking people and getting more people interested in careers in cyber.

EC-Council make their money by selling training certs so this event is likely going to be heavily aimed at getting people interested enough in Cyber to buy one of their courses but as long as the talks deliver some interesting knowledge before trying to sell anything I don’t see a problem with it.

If anyone wants to register you still have a few days to visit their site :https://www.hackerhalted.com/registration/

Once registered you should receive an e-mail with instructions on how to download the Hacker Halted app which currently has details of confirmed speakers and various games which will start once the event goes live (Although currently the games seem to simply involve watching and reading all the content from the conference) Including an interesting version of Jeopardy which appears to award points for getting drunk while playing.

The Agenda looks fairly busy with enough talks to keep most people busy if they are also working full time jobs and trying to view this in between meetings or after work. A lot of the scheduled slots are replays of previous talks so if you needed to stream something live you may be able fit it into your life. Or if you want to watch everything as it is released you should be very comfortably able to get through everything with the length of breaks in between each event.