The Hacker Mind
EP 30: Surviving Stalkerware

EP 30: Surviving Stalkerware

September 21, 2021

What role does technology play in facilitating intimate partner abuse? What role might the security industry have in identifying or even stopping it?

Martijn Grooten and Lodrina Cherne join the The Hacker Mind podcast to discuss their Black Hat USA 2021 presentation. They talk about how software and IoT companies can avoid becoming the next Black Mirror episode and share resources that can help survivors (and those who want to help them) deal with the technology issues that can be associated with technologically facilitated abuse. 

EP 29: Learn Competitive Hacking with picoCTF

EP 29: Learn Competitive Hacking with picoCTF

September 7, 2021

PPP wanted to give their past high school selves the infosec education they didn’t have. But if you think picoCTF is only for HS students, think again. 

Megan Kearns of Carnegie-Mellon University's Cylab joins The Hacker Mind to talk about the early days and the continued evolution of this popular online infosec competition site. No matter what your age or interest level, picoCTF probably has something new for you to learn.

 

EP 28: Fuzzing Hyper-V

EP 28: Fuzzing Hyper-V

August 24, 2021

At Black Hat USA 2021, two researchers presented how they used their own fuzzer designed for hypervisors to find a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Azure. 

 

Ophir Harpaz and Peleg Hadar join The Hacker Mind to discuss their journey from designing a custom hypervisor fuzzer to identifying a vulnerability within Hyper-V and how their new research tool, hAFL1, can benefit others looking to secure cloud architectures.

EP 27: Car Hacking 0×05

EP 27: Car Hacking 0×05

August 10, 2021

We haven’t seen many attacks on our smart cars. That’s perhaps because of a dedicated group of hackers who are working to improve automotive security.

Robert Leale, the driving force behind the Car Hacking village at DEF CON, joins The Hacker Mind to talk about CANBus basics, and whether we’ll see cars subjected to ransomware attacks. He also shares some tools, books, and website resources that you can use to get started hacking cars yourself.

EP 26: Hacking Charity

EP 26: Hacking Charity

July 27, 2021

Hackers are charitable in ways that might surprise you. Whether it is in Africa or rural Arkansas, hackers find ways to use their skills for good reasons.

 

Jack Daniel and Jason Kent return to The Hacker Mind to discuss the various ways hackers are helping society by contributing to charitable organizations … even starting their own. From BSides, to DerbyCon, to Shmoocon, even on the Apple App Store you can find evidence of their hard work.

EP 25: Hacking Communities

EP 25: Hacking Communities

July 13, 2021

As we head to Hacker Summer Camp, how should we rebuild our infosec communities to be more inclusive and diverse? Jack Daniel offers his unique voice.  

As one of the founders of BSides, and as a community advocate for Tenable, Jack provides guidance on how we can re-emerge from the pandemic and successfully amplify and support people of different ethnicities, faiths, and genders within our hacking communities without being patronizing.

EP 24: Hacking Biology

EP 24: Hacking Biology

June 29, 2021

There are a lot of parallels between computer security and biology. If you think you already understand hacking systems, then I’ve got a story for you.

In this episode, Harrison Green talks about his experience creating exploits during capture the flag competitions and how it relates to his current day to day work with the Durrant Lab at the University of Pittsburgh on computational biology.

EP 23: Hacking APIs

EP 23: Hacking APIs

June 15, 2021

APIs are vital in our mobile digital world, but the consequences of API security flaws have yet to be seen. So how hard is it to hack APIs? Not very hard.

In this Episode, Jason Kent from Cequence talks about his experience hacking a garage door opener API, the tools he uses such as Burp, ZAP, and APK tool, and why we need to be paying more attention to the OWASP API Security Top 10.

EP 22: Hacking Social Media

EP 22: Hacking Social Media

June 1, 2021

With more than 600K followers on YouTube, LiveOverflow is one of infosec’s first social media influencers. How did he get started and what’s next? 

In this episode, LiveOverflow talks about his six years of producing engaging YouTube content and what the rise of social media influencers might mean for traditional conferences like Black Hat. He also gives a preview of his new YouTube series on the sudo vulnerability.

EP 21: Hacking Ransomware

EP 21: Hacking Ransomware

May 18, 2021

What if you discovered a flaw in a ransomware payment system that unlocked the data without paying the ransom? Would you use it? Would you help others?

 

In this episode, Jack Cable talks about hacking the Qlocker ransomware and briefly interrupting its payment system. He also talks about his infosec journey hacking cryptocurrencies, joining the Digital Defense Service and CISA, and helping secure the 2020 presidential election… all before the age of 22. 

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