Episode 426 — Shmoocon 2009

We head out to DC for Shmoocon, our favorite hacker conference on the east coast, to talk to some of the brightest minds in security. Dave Kennedy on his project FastTrack. Michael Ossmann about sniffing bluetooth. Joshua Abraham on his software GIS-Kismet. Mister X, author of Aircrack-ng and Johnny Long, author and security guru on Hackers for Charity.

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Show Notes

Dave Kennedy talks about Fast Track, a python based open-source project aimed at helping Penetration Testers in an effort to identify, exploit, and further penetrate a network.

Michael Ossmann and Dominic Spill presented on Building an All-Channel Bluetooth Monitor using the USRP and a lot of awesome code. It turns out listening to 79 channels at once is harder than you think.

Joshua Abraham spoke to us about wireless network mapping with his tool GIS Kismet

Mister X, author of Aircrack-ng shares with us a glimpse of the future of wireless network cracking.

Johnny Long, security expert and author, talks to us about Hackers for Charity

Don’t forget to take the Hak5 Survey. This is the last week it’s running so please if you haven’t already take a moment to fill it out as it really helps us out. πŸ™‚


  • Darren

    @Bozo, why did it suck? Were the interviews not to your liking? Was it the production or the content? Does pen testing, bluetooth sniffing, network mapping, wifi cracking or hacking charities not tickle your technolust? Or is it something else?

    I appreciate you providing feedback but saying “This ep kinda sucked” isn’t really helpful in making the show better, now is it?

  • jarmar

    Darren, your right. How can you improve anything with that comment he gave. Excellent show. I have been watching since last season thru iTunes. Its amazing how much I don’t know after watching your show. You guys show me the way! How can I go about coming to the set to watch it live. I am in Virginia. Is that something you guys would be willing to do?

    keep up the great work?

  • thecubical

    I had to download the xvid version but I found the content to be quite good, im more interested in these mroe indepth things you go into rather than the sort of just quick tutorial type things

  • rr

    Darren, the content is good but it gets boring, maybe add some visuals to the interviews if possible. Johny Long’s interview was superb and a good example for the rest of the interviews.

    Love the jackets
    Keep it up πŸ˜€

  • Carl

    Great ep, very cool to hear from the guys that wrote the tools a lot of us use on a regular basis. A friend clued me into Hak5 yesterday, so I’ve got a lot of back episodes to catch.

  • Martin

    The interviews were awesome! However, the group standup/bridge shot was terribly backlit. It was especially funny to hear you guys talk about technical improvements during that horrible shot. Your next big purchase should be some portable lights.

  • greenhillguru

    Great epidsode… playing a bit of catchup on episodes.

    Currently working with SecureState (Dave Kennedy’s company) on a number of projects. These guys know their stuff. Their pen test to our network took only a few hours before they had compromised our network. They were great in working with us to close the loops and tighten things up.

    Hak5 is a great stop for any net admin or IT manager who actually cares about their environment. You have to know what’s out there and what you’re up against. Network security is more of a mindset than patches and kludges.

  • d3cryptkeyp3r

    @Bozo the name is very fitting. I thought this episode was interesting, but as we all know not ALL aspects of tech are going to interest everyone. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Kudos to the HAK5 team.

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