First Batch of Accepted Packet Hacking Village Talks at DEF CON 26 Announced

Capturing in Hard to Reach Places

Silas Cutler, Senior Security Researcher at CrowdStrike

It's easy for us to take for granted when tools allow us to start capturing network traffic without any real hardships. However, what happens when the data you want isn't so easy to capture. This talk will look at two cases in which environments needed to be bent in order to capture the data needed for analysis.

Silas Cutler (Twitter: @silascutler) is a Senior Security Researcher at CrowdStrike, Project Director for MalShare and DEFCON 21 Black Badge (from Capture the Packet). Endorsed on LinkedIn by [REDACTED] for "tcpdump". His prior managers have described him as "a guy" and "meeting necessary skills to perform job functions."

Ducky-in-the-middle: Injecting Keystrokes into Plaintext Protocols

Esteban Rodriguez, Security Consultant at Coalfire Labs

This talk will cover the basics of protocol analysis using Wireshark and lead into analyzing two custom application protocols used for extending the mouse and keyboard of a remote system. The two applications covered are HippoRemote, and iOS app to use a iPhone as a trackpad and keyboard, and Synergy, an application to allow for control of multiple operating systems with one mouse and keyboard. By performing a MITM attack, an attacker can abuse this protocols to send keystokes to a remote machine to gain remote code execution similar to a USB rubber ducky attack. The talk will also discuss mitigations and open source code will be provided for exploitation. The target audience should have a basic understanding of Wireshark, ARP spoofing, and reverse shells.

Esteban Rodriguez (Twitter: @n00py1) a Security Consultant at Coalfire Labs. He primarily perform network and web application penetration testing. Esteban worked previously at Apple Inc performing intrusion analysis and incident response. Outside of work, Esteban blog at and perform independent security research. He have authored multiple penetration testing tools and have presented at BSides Puerto Rico covering penetration testing techniques.

Mapping Wi-Fi Networks and Triggering on Interesting Traffic Patterns

Caleb Madrigal, Applied Researcher at Mandiant/FireEye

Sure, WiFi hacking has been around for a while, and everyone knows about tools like airmon-ng, kismet, et al. But what if you just want to view a list of all networks in your area along with all devices connected to them? Or maybe you want to know who's hogging all the bandwidth? Or, what if you want to know when a certain someone's cell phone is nearby. Or perhaps you'd like to know if your Airbnb host's IP Camera is uploading video to the cloud?

For all these use-cases, I've developed a new tool called "trackerjacker". In this talk, we'll use this tool to explore some of the surprisingly-informative data floating around in the radio space, and you'll come away with a new skill point or two in your radio hacking skill tree, as well as a new magical weapon... I mean tool.

Caleb Madrigal (Twitter: @caleb_madrigal) is an Applied Researcher at Mandiant/FireEye.

Normalizing Empire's Traffic to Evade Anomaly-based IDS

Utku Sen, Senior R&D Engineer at Tear Security
Gozde Sinturk, R&D Engineer at Tear Security

Perimeter defenses are holding an important role in computer security. However, when we check the method of APT groups, a single spear-phishing usually enough to gain a foothold on the network. Therefore, red teams are mostly focused on "assume breach" type of scenarios. In these scenarios, testers need to use a post-exploitation framework. Besides that, testers also need to hide the server-agent communication from NIDS (Network Intrusion Detection Systems). In this session, we will discuss one of the most famous post-exploitation tool, Empire's situation against payload-based anomaly detection systems. We will explain how to normalize Empire's traffic with polymorphic blending attack (PBA) method. We will also cover our tool, "firstorder" which is designed to evade anomaly-based detection systems. firstorder tool takes a traffic capture file of the network, tries to identify normal profile and configures Empire's listener in such way.

Utku Sen (Twitter: @utkusen) is a security researcher who is mostly focused on following areas: application security, network security, tool development. He presented his tool, Leviathan Framework in Black Hat USA Arsenal and DEF CON Demo Labs in 2017. He also nominated for Pwnie Awards on "Best Backdoor" category in 2016.

Gozde Sinturk is Security Researcher and Python Developer who involved in projects related to machine learning, natural language processing, and big data. She is developing security tools in her current position.

Ridealong Adventures: Critical Issues with Police Body Cameras

Josh Mitchell, Principal cybersecurity Consultant at Nuix

The police body camera market has been growing in popularity over the last few years. A recent (2016) Johns Hopkins University market survey found 60 different models have been produced specifically for law enforcement use. Rapid adoption is fueling this meteoric increase in availability and utilization. Additionally, device manufactures are attempting to package more and more technology into these devices. This has caused a deficiency in local municipalities' skills and budget to accurately assess the attack surface and exposure to the organization. Furthermore, departmental policies and procedures governing the secure deployment of these devices is largely insufficient.

At DEF CON, we will be introducing tactics, techniques, and procedures to assess the security of these devices. We will cover attacks against the physical devices, RF components, smartphone app's, and desktop software. The capabilities demonstrated and discussed will encompass publicly and privately available technologies. Additionally, the talk will cover multiple products and vendors, shedding light on industry wide issues and trends. Finally, we will be releasing software to detect and track various devices and tie these issues into real world events.

Josh Mitchell (Twitter: @bx_lr) has more than a decade’s experience as an information security researcher. He has authored numerous technical documents and presented his findings at conferences, academic discussions, and in the classroom. Josh is an expert at discovering and exploiting vulnerabilities and writing code to protect operating systems and programs. He holds patents in classifying computer files and executable files as malware or whiteware. Josh has served in the United States Air Force and held numerous defense contracting roles covering electronic signals intelligence exploitation, electronic warfare, malware analysis, exploit development, and reverse engineering. He also provided security services for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Endgame, and Accuvant and assisted multiple computer emergency response teams with investigations vital to national security.

What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

Damon "ch3f" Small, Technical Director at NCC Group North America

Many industries have well-defined points of entry and well-understood education and training requirements. Information Security is not one of those industries. Successful infosec pros often have wildly diverse backgrounds so it is difficult to know which is the "correct" way to enter this field. As our industry has evolved and matured, what do organizations now look for in a candidate? What combination of skills, experience, and education will get you in your "dream job?" SPOILER - there are many predictors of success, and organizations have different priorities, so there is no single answer.

The speaker will describe his experiences as a 22-year veteran of IT and infosec, both from the perspective of working for internal support teams and as a client-facing consultant. In addition to direct observations, this presentation will include the perspectives of other infosec pros that currently work in various capacities in our industry. The goal is not to answer the question of how to successfully develop one's career, as such, but rather to continue the dialogue of what is important to us as we develop our future experts and leaders.

Damon Small (Twitter: @damonsmall) began his career studying music at Louisiana State University. Pursuing the changing job market, he took advantage of computer skills learned in the LSU recording studio to become a systems administrator in the mid 1990s. Over the past 18 years as a security professional he has supported infosec initiatives in the healthcare, defense, aerospace, and oil and gas industries. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Small completed the Master of Science in Information Assurance degree from Norwich University in 2005. His role as Technical Director includes working closely with NCC Group consultants and clients in delivering complex security assessments that meet varied business requirements.

wpa-sec: The Largest Online WPA Handshake Database

Alex Stanev, CTO of Information Services at JSC

Started as pet project in 2011, wpa-sec collects WPA handshake captures from all over the world. Contributors use client script to download handshakes and special crafted dictionaries to initiate attack against PSKs. With more than 115 GB captures from 240 000 submissions, collected samples represent invaluable source for wireless security research. This includes:

  • Many improvements for emerging wireless security tools like hcxtools suite (
  • Identified default PSK key generation algorithms, used by various ISPs. Those, along with fixes for current implementations get in RouterKeygen project ( Many more to come, based on current research activities
  • Performance optimizations for WPA crackers
  • Identified some linux kernel driver bugs

During the talk I will explain how wpa-sec works, provide statistics and a lot internals on optimization and how to use the database as OSINT source during pentests and red team actions.

wpa-sec is opensource project available at

Live installation at

Alex Stanev (Twitter: @RealEnderSec) started as a software developer in late 90s working on a wide range of projects - from specialized hardware drivers to large scale information systems for private and public sectors, including e-government services, elections management and smart cities. Going through virtually all mainstream enterprise platforms, Alex also took some time to explore various niche technologies and did a lot of low level stuff.

As a security consultant, Alex led penetration test audits in Europe, America and Africa for financial and government institutions.

Currently Alex serves as CTO in largest Bulgarian systems integrator Information Services JSC.