So I’ve been thinking about how I got interested in cybersecurity lately. It’s a long story, but a couple of years back I got really interested in watching security talks, like those from Defcon or Wild West Hackin Fest. Mostly the talks on how to hack stuff. I’m a curious guy, I love knowing how things work, and I love knowing how to break them. So I thought I might share with you a few of my favourite hacking talks, in no particular order.

(Note: some of the language in these talks may be slightly offensive.)

So you think you want to be a penetration tester

We’ll kick the list off with a great talk about what penetration testing is actually like. This talk may dispel some of the myths and mystery surrounding the ultimate hacker’s dream job, and hopefully entertain you a bit along the way.

Forensic Fails: Shift + Delete Won’t Help You Here

If you’re interested in how computer detectives do their stuff, this talk isn’t really for you. This talk is literally just a few amusing stories from a couple of guys about times that criminals (and examiners) have screwed up.

Robinson and Mitchell: Knocking my neighbor’s kid’s cruddy drone offline

Just like what the title says. It’s an interesting case study into one man’s epic quest to figure out the best way to stop the kid next door from peeping in through his window at night. Learn about where you can fly drones (most places, if you’re a hobbyist), and how to actually block GPS signals (extremely illegal, never do this).

I’ll Let Myself In: Tactics of Physical Pen Testers

Deviant Ollam is a physical penetration tester, and one of the greatest speakers I’ve seen at hacking conferences. Basically anything he does is amazing, and this talk is no exception. It’s all about how easy it is to break into buildings. If you’ve ever picked a lock before, or even if you haven’t: this talk is for you. It’s all about how to get into buildings without (for the most part) picking locks. This talk also has the “elevator story” that you might have heard me rant about before.

Deviant Ollam & Howard Payne: Elevator Hacking – From the Pit to the Penthouse

Did I mention Deviant Ollam is amazing? Here’s a talk on everything you need to know (and didn’t know you needed to know) about elevator hacking. I don’t really need to say more than that, do I?

The Art of Trolling

This one is less of a hacking one and more of a “history of hackers”, per se. Matt Joyce takes us through his history on IRC, through some of the key tools you might use if you were a professional internet troll (he is), and basically just some good ol’ fashioned fun stories about times people got trolled.


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