The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 93 Show Notes – DEFCON & Team Ambush
Hey reader person, hope you are well!
Today marks the seventh day since I left the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. My wife and I do not show any COVID symptoms, so that’s good news. Only 7 more days of self-isolation and we’ll be back to semi-normal (assuming there is such a thing anymore).
Women In Security Series
Last week was the ninth, and final, installment in the Women in Security Series. It was a great experience for Brad and me. I may post a full write up soon, including the things we learned and places people can go to help (or for help). For now, here was the all-star lineup:
- Part One – Episode 84 – Renay Rutter (an information security business/IT executive)
- Part Two – Episode 85 – Lori Blair (a 35-year information security veteran)
- Part Three – Episode 86 – Victoria Fogarty (relatively new to the industry)
- Part Four – Episode 87 – Kristin Judge (founder and CEO of the Cybercrime Support Network, SC Media “Women in IT Security Influencer” in 2017, former Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), thought leader, and all-around amazing information security expert)
- Part Five – Episode 88 – Andrea Hatcher (Senior majoring in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations at Pennsylvania State University)
- Part Six – Episode 89 – Judy Hatchett (Information security corporate leader and expert formerly with Accenture, Best Buy, SUPERVALU, 3M, Fairview Health Services, and current VP, Information Security and CISO at Surescripts)
- Part Seven – Episode 90 – Amy McLaughlin (Information security leader and expert in education, having served with the State of Oregon, the Consortium for School Network (CoSN), Chemeketa Community College, and Oregon State University)
- Part Eight – Episode 91 – Theresa Semmens (Chief Information Security Officer at the Nevada System of Higher Education, former AVP/Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Miami, and former Chief Information Security Officer at North Dakota State University)
- Part Nine – Episode 92 – Lee Ann Villella (Senior Enterprise Security Sales Consultant at FRSecure, Program Director for the Minnesota Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, and member of the Cyber Security Summit Advisory Board Committee)
A HUGE thanks to all the women who gave their time to talk to us!
What’s Up Next
This week, we’re going to catch up with a good friend (fresh back from DEF CON) and then we may delve into another series.
A Good Friend
We’re going to take this week (episode 93) to catch up with FRSecure’s Director of Technical Solutions and Services, Oscar Minks. Oscar leads FRSecure’s Technical Services Team, a group of amazing information security experts who provide world-class incident response and best-in-class technical services (penetration testing, blue teaming, red teaming, purple teaming, research, etc., etc.).
The timing is perfect because Oscar’s back after DEF CON Safe Mode and the team impressed a helluva lot of folks there!
While my wife and I were in Sturgis, FRSecure’s Team Ambush was awake for many, many hours competing at DEF CON Safe Mode. The team competed in four events over the four day online conference; CMD+CTRL, OpenSOC Blue Team Village CTF, Biohacking Device Lab CTF, and Hack the Plan[e]t.
Last year, the team kicked ass in the Warl0ck Gam3s CTF, but that’s old news now. Warl0ck Gam3s CTF is gone this year, and it was time for these guys to switch things up.
A description provided by the organizers:
Learn to see web applications from an attacker’s perspective. CMD+CTRL is an immersive hacking experience designed to teach the fundamentals of web application security. Explore vulnerable web applications, discover security flaws, and exploit those flaws to earn points and climb up the leaderboard.
After attacking an application for yourself, you’ll have a better understanding of the vulnerabilities that put real applications at risk – and you’ll be better prepared to find and fix those vulnerabilities in your own code.
Remember that these websites are intentionally vulnerable, so any information sent to these sites is not secure. Never enter any sensitive information on these sites, including passwords, credit card numbers, or Social Security Numbers.
200 teams competed in this “Security Innovation cyber range” and our guys finished 2nd, only 50 points behind the winning team, n0j,
OpenSOC Blue Team Village CTF
OpenSOC is a Digital Forensics, Incident Response (DFIR), and Threat Hunting challenge meant to teach and test practical incident response skills in an environment that’s as close to “the real thing” as it gets. This isn’t just another CTF. The platform was built to train real-world responders how to handle real-world situations.
There were more than 800 participants, more than 500 challenges, more than 350 teams, and more than 20 hours of content in this CTF.
Team Ambush took home 9th place, finishing with the same number of points as the winning team. In a tie, the team that finished first wins.
Biohacking Device Lab CTF
This CTF was a little out of our team’s comfort zone, but this didn’t stop them from excelling! Some of the stats:
- 30 volunteers building infrastructure, creating challenges, verifying flags, and solving support issues
- 2 medical devices, connected in a volunteer’s home (not connected TO the volunteer)
- 1 CTF vulnerability reported, fixed, and disclosed
- 200+ players on 150+ teams from 15+ countries
- 14,000+ flag submissions, with 5,700+ solves, on 150+ challenges
- 150,000+ total points scored over 75 consecutive hours
Team Ambush took 7th! This is amazing considering most of our team had very little experience hacking medical devices.
Hack the Plan[e]t
Hack the Plan[e]t is a first-of-its-kind CTF: a slice of modern city life integrating both Internet of Things (IoT) and ICS environments with interactive components for competitors to test their skills and knowledge. Play for a few minutes or plan to stay for many hours as the challenge grows. The ICS Village will deliver a compelling experience using real IT and industrial equipment for all skill levels and practitioner types.
This CTF had 275 registered users, and Team Ambush placed 16th. The full scoreboard is here; https://hacktheplanet.ctfd.io/scoreboard
Really looking forward to this episode with Oscar. Oh, by the way, Brad Nigh (my co-host) also participated!
We’re kicking around some ideas for our next series, and so far the leading candidate is a “Security in Healthcare” series. Stay tuned!
Let’s get to it!
Brad was supposed to lead the show this week, but since he participated at DEF CON with Oscar, I’m (Evan) going to take it. These are my notes.
SHOW NOTES – Episode 93
Date: Monday, August 17th, 2020
Episode 93 Topics
- Catching Up
- Closing Out the Women in Security Series
- DEF CON Safe Mode & Team Ambush
- Wrapping Up – Shout outs
[Evan] Good morning. Thanks for tuning into the UNSECURITY Podcast. I’m Evan Francen, my co-host is Mr. Brad Nigh, this is episode 93, and the date is August 17th, 2020. Brad, Good morning!
[Brad] You know and love Brad! Brad will chime in here because he’s cool and stuff.
[Evan] Also joining us is my good friend and FRSecure’s awesome Director of Technical Solutions and Services, Oscar Minks. Good morning and welcome Oscar!
[Oscar] He does what Oscar does.
[Evan] It’s been a while since we had you on the show Oscar, and I’m super excited to talk to you about your team’s performance at DEF CON Safe Mode this year! Before we dive in though, let’s do what we always do first, catch-up a little.
Quick discussion about last week, the weekend, or whatever else comes to mind.
- How are you guys?
- Tell me about your weekend quick.
- Anything in particular that you’re excited about?
[Evan] Brad, what’s up? What have you been up to and how was your weekend?
[Brad] Gives us the skinny…
[Evan] Oscar, your turn brother. Tell us things.
[Oscar] He tells us things.
[Evan] Alright, I guess it’s my turn now. Here’s my update…
Closing Out the Women in Security Series
[Evan] As you know, we just wrapped up our Women in Security Series. We hope that everyone enjoyed it and we also hope we’re all better off for it. Huge thank you to Renay, Lori, Victoria, Kristin, Andrea, Judy, Amy, Theresa, and Lee Ann! We talked to some incredible people during that series!
Brad, what’s one thing that sticks out for you?
[Brad] Gives us his one thing. 🙂
[Evan] Yeah, the one thing that sticks out for me is how important it is for us all to help each other, regardless of gender, race, background or anything else. People who shut others out or make them at all feel uncomfortable are jerks.
DEF CON Safe Mode & Team Ambush
[Evan] Alright, on to you Oscar! Tell us about DEF CON Safe Mode. You too Brad, I hear you did some work with the team also.
Open discussion about DEF CON, Team Ambush, the process, the results, etc.
[Evan] I’m so proud of you guys and the team! You’re not only VERY skilled, but you all do things right. We need to have you back on a future show so you can share how you build teams. People could really learn from you about how to build an incredible team and how to keep them together!
How about some quick news stuff? A few stories to cover quick. Oscar, you got chops, you can stay and comment if you’d like. Just chime in.
[Evan] Alright, here’s some newsy things that I thought were interesting this past week:
- Microsoft Put Off Fixing Zero Day for 2 Years – https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/08/microsoft-put-off-fixing-zero-day-for-2-years/
- NSA, FBI EXPOSE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE HACKING TOOL: REPORT – https://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/nsa-fbi-expose-russian-intelligence-hacking-tool-report-8706371.html
- Vulnerabilities in Amazon Alexa could have exposed user data to hackers – https://siliconangle.com/2020/08/13/vulnerabilities-amazon-alexa-exposed-user-data-hackers/
Wrapping Up – Shout outs