Packet Hacking Village Workshops at DEF CON 26 Finalized

Link to register for our hands-on workshops:

There will be three waves of registration:

  • Wave 1: 18:18 PST on Wednesday, July 18th
  • Wave 2: 08:00 AM PDT / 4 PM UK time on Wednesday, July 25th
  • Wave 3: 18:01:08 PDT on Wednesday, August 1st

Workshops Schedule




Advanced APT Hunting with Splunk

You wanna learn how to hunt the APTs? This is the workshop for you. Using a real-worldish dataset, this workshop will teach you how to hunt the "fictional" APT group Taedonggang. We discuss the Diamond model, hypothesis building, LM Kill Chain, and Mitre Att&ck framework and how these concepts can frame your hunting. Then we look deep in the data using Splunk and OSINT to find the APT activity riddling a small startup's network. We walk you through detecting lateral movement, the P of APT, and even PowerShell Empire. Then at the end, we give you a similar dataset and tools to take home and try newly learned techniques yourself.

Ryan Kovar fought in the cyberwars and has been doing cybery things for almost 20 years. Now he is a Principal Security Strategist at Splunk building cool stuff, talking about security thingies, and helping other people fight their battles. He hates printers.

John Stoner is a Principal Security Strategist at Splunk. During his career he has worked in operations, consulting and solutions engineering. In his current role, he leverages his many years of experience in log management, SIEM, security operations and threat intelligence to provide solutions that drive greater situational awareness for organizations.

Reverse Engineering Malware 101

This workshop provides the fundamentals of reversing engineering (RE) Windows malware using a hands-on experience with RE tools and techniques. Attendees will be introduced to RE terms and processes, followed by basic x86 assembly, and reviewing RE tools and malware techniques. It will conclude by attendees performing a hands-on malware analysis that consists of Triage, Static, and Dynamic analysis.
 Prerequisites: Basic understanding of programming C/C++, Python, or Java
. Provided: A virtual machine and tools will be provided.
 Features: 5 Sections in 1.5 hours:

  • ~15 min Fundamentals
  • ~15 min Tools/Techniques
  • ~30 min Triage Static Analysis + Lab
  • ~30 min Dynamic Analysis + Lab

Amanda (Twitter: @malwareunicorn) absolutely loves malware. She works as a Senior Malware Researcher at Endgame who focuses on threat research focusing in dynamic behavior detection both on Windows and OSX platforms.

Serious Intro to Python for Admins

Intended for an audience of IT managers and admins who are either responsible for systems with deployed Python apps and/or interested in the security implications of developing their own tools/scripts/apps in Python. This will be a hands-on exercise from start to finish designed to leave you with a sense of the mentality of Python and an ability to quickly look up what you need when expanding your knowledge of Python in the future. Prior programming experience not required. However it would be helpful if you've seen lots of Monty Python skits before.

Davin Potts is a Python Core Developer and lead dev for the multiprocessing module in the Python standard library. For a day job, Davin is a scientific software consultant working primarily on data science projects. Also refer to

Mallet, an intercepting proxy for arbitrary protocols

Mallet is an intercepting proxy for arbitrary protocols. More accurately, it is a framework for building proxies for arbitrary protocols. Mallet provides the basics required of all proxies: A way to receive the data, a way to send the data, and a user interface to intercept and edit the data. It builds on the Netty project, and as such has access to a large, well-tested suite of protocol implementations that can be used to transform a stream of bytes into useful, high-level protocol objects.

This workshop will introduce attendees to Mallet, and show how to construct pipelines of arbitrary complexity, to successfully decode and intercept messages in various protocols, as well as automating modifications of the various messages.

A basic familiarity with Java will enhance the delegate's understanding of what they are taught, but is not a requirement.

Rogan Dawes is a senior researcher at SensePost and has been hacking since 1998, which, coincidentally, is also the time he settled on a final wardrobe. He used the time he saved on choosing outfits to live up to his colleague's frequent joke that he has an offline copy of the Internet in his head. Rogan spent many years building web application assessment tools, and is credited as having built one of the first and most widely used intercepting proxies, WebScarab.

Kali Dojo Workshop

Kali Linux can be deeply and uniquely customized to specific needs and tasks. In this workshop, we will customize Kali Linux into a very specific offensive tool, and walk you through the process of customization step by step. We will create a custom Kali ISO that will: load very specific toolsets; define a custom desktop environment and wallpaper; leverage customized features and functions; launch custom tools and scripts; install Kali automatically, without user intervention as a custom "OS backdoor". This workshop will guide you through all the aspects of Kali customization and give you the skills to create your own highly-customized Kali ISO, like the much feared Kali "ISO of Doom".

Kali Live USB With Persistence And LUKS (2.5hrs)

In this section we will show you how to deploy your customized Kali ISO to a secure, encrypted, USB device. ➤ We will show you how to add standard and encrypted USB persistence so you can save your data and we will walk you through a custom LUKS "nuke" deployment that will obliterate your encrypted data when presented with a specific kill phrase. We will also will discuss strategies to help you safely and legally cross international borders with your encrypted data without compromising it. When you complete this course, you will have the skills to create a completely customized, powerful, portable Kali ISO or USB with full encryption, persistence and the peace of mind of LUKS nuke. And, to sweeten the deal, we will provide super-cool custom Kali-branded USB drives.

Johnny Long spent his career as a professional hacker. He is the author of numerous security books including No-Tech Hacking and Google Hacking for Penetration Testers and is a contributor to Kali Linux Revealed. He is the founder of Hackers for Charity and currently works with the Offensive Security team.

Intense Introduction to Modern Web Application Hacking

This course starts with an introduction to modern web applications and immediately starts diving directly into the mapping and discovery phase of testing. In this course, you will learn new methodologies used and adopted by many penetration testers and ethical hackers. This is a hands-on training where will use various open source tools and learn how to exploit SQL injection, command injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), XML External Entity (XXE), and cross-site request forgery (CSRF). We will wrap up our two hour fast-paced course by unleashing students on a vulnerable web application with their newly found skills.

Omar Santos (Twitter: @santosomar) is a Principal Engineer in the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) within Cisco's Security Research and Operations. He mentors and leads engineers and incident managers during the investigation and resolution of security vulnerabilities in all Cisco products, including cloud services. Omar has been working with information technology and cyber security since the mid-1990s. Omar has designed, implemented, and supported numerous secure networks for Fortune 100 and 500 companies and the U.S. government. Prior to his current role, he was a Technical Leader within the World Wide Security Practice and the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC), where he taught, led, and mentored many engineers within both organizations.

Ron Taylor (Twitter: @Gu5G0rman) has been in the Information Security field for almost 20 years. Ten of those years were spent in consulting. In 2008, he joined the Cisco Global Certification Team as an SME in Information Assurance. In 2012, he moved into a position with the Security Research & Operations group, where his focus was mostly on penetration testing of Cisco products and services. He was also involved in developing and presenting security training to internal development and test teams globally. Additionally, he provided consulting support to many product teams as an SME on product security testing. He then spent some time as a Consulting Systems Engineer specializing in Cisco's security product line. His current role is working within the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT). He has held a number of industry certifications including GPEN, GWEB, GCIA, GCIH, GWAPT, RHCE, CCSP, CCNA, CISSP, and MCSE. Ron is also a Cisco Security Blackbelt, SANS mentor, Cofounder and President of the Raleigh BSides Security Conference, and an active member of the Packet Hacking Village team at DEF CON.

Finding and Attacking Undocumented APIs with Python

Write Python web bots using Selenium and BrowserMob Proxy to crawl the Internet looking for non-public APIs. We will look at several ways to identify vulnerabilities in discovered APIs as a means for penetration testing and large scale data gathering. Participants should have some Python experience, as well as a familiarity with HTTP requests.

Ryan Mitchell is a senior software engineer at HedgeServ in Boston, where she develops APIs and data analytics tools for hedge fund managers. She is a graduate of Olin College of Engineering and Harvard University Extension School with a master's in software engineering and certificate in data science. Since 2012 she has regularly consulted, lectured, and run workshops around the country on the topics of web scraping, Python automation tools, and data science.