Aug 19, 2014

3 reasons to book your BruCON training now!

BruCON 0x06 is getting close and we are putting everything in motion to have another great edition.
This year, we have our largest trainings offering yet, again offering world-class, deep-dive technical trainings given by the most recognized experts with huge industry experience in their domain!

A brief summary :

  • Kali Linux Dojo by Mati Aharoni "Muts", the founder and core developer of Kali Linux presents the first official all-day Kali Linux event. (link)
  • Hardware Hacking by Joe Grand covering hardware hacking and reverse engineering techniques commonly used against electronic products and embedded systems. (link)
  • Wireshark - Packet Class by Didier Stevens, teaching both simple and advanced Wireshark skills that are essential for security professionals and hackers. (link)
  • Advanced Wi-Fi Pentesting by Vivek Ramachandran, based on the best selling book “Backtrack 5 Wireless Penetration Testing" providing highly technical and in-depth treatment of Wi-Fi security. (link)
  • Historical and Modern Cryptography for Security Professionals by Chris Lytle & Dan Crowley, teaching you to understand modern cryptography based on historical cryptography and practical experience in analyzing and breaking. (link)
  • Telco Security: Hacking Core Network Protocols and Beyond by Philippe Langlois, covering Core Network protocols, standardized and proprietary telecom Core Network protocols from a security point of view. (link)
  • Hands-on Penetration Testing by Georgia Weidman, giving you hands-­on experience examining multiple facets of penetration testing following the Penetration Testing Execution Standard(PTES). (link)
  • ARM Android Xploitation by Aseem Jakhar & Aditya Gupta, takes up one of the finest operating system used for smartphones a.k.a Android and tears it apart. (link)
  • Practical Malware Analysis: Rapid Introduction by Michael Sikorskia rapid introduction to Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering from the guy who wrote the book. (link) (maximum attendees put at 40 due to being sold out rapidly *pun intended*)
3 reasons to register as soon as possible:

  1. Some of the aforementioned trainings have not reached their minimum attendee numbers which could result in a cancellation. 
  2. As of 1-Sep you will pay last-minute pricing instead of the normal training price.
  3. If you need a reason to convince your boss : "The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay!"

Kind regards,

BruCON team

Aug 5, 2014

Facebook Capture The Flag event @ BruCON 2014 - registration open

It is with a lot of excitement that we again announce the Facebook Capture The Flag event @ BruCON 2014.

Here are the details :
Location : Sint Autbertus Church @ Monasterium Poortackere 
Time and Date : All day, September 24th
Register : Here
Fee : 0 euros (yes, it's free!)
Teams : Maximum 4 people / team (if you don't have a team, please send an email to with the title CTF solo player. We'll match you up with a team of your own!).
Limit : Logistically, we can allow a maximum of 10 teams! Be quick!
Prizes : there will be monetary prizes for #1, #2 and #3 (yes, they're substantial. no, we're not sharing those details yet :-))

So, on September 24th we gather in the Church @ the conference hotel for a full day of hacking. Expect both your offensive and defensive skillsets to be tested to their limits. The good part is that there'll be fun and learning to be had for everybody. Do not feel like you shouldn't partake if you don't feel 1337 enough or even if you don't have a team ready. Just register and come have a great day of fun. Additionally, there's a very small chance you'll be breaking into servers while seated in a real church, right? RIGHT!

Facebook will be your host and you'll know it. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as well as refreshments will be provided to all players and there's a very big chance we'll roll from the event straight into a pre-conference party.

Take me to that REGISTRATION page NOW!

Note 1: This event is hosted seperately from BruCON. Being registered for BruCON or BruCON training does not mean auto-enrollment for the CTF.
Note 2 : Similarly, if you're not registered for BruCON or BruCON training, you can still register for this event free of charge.

May 8, 2014

BruCON 0x06 Line-up and Early-Bird Registrations

Hello there BruCONneers!

Over the past month we have been chewing over the CFP submissions. We received really great proposals and had to make some tough choices. And finally, white smoke!

We are thrilled to propose you the Line-Up for BruCON 0x06:

  • Adam Shostack, Veteran startup CTO and author focused on bringing security and privacy to customers. Currently doing so at Microsoft.
  • Jennifer Minella, VP of Engineering & consulting CISO at Carolina Advanced Digital, Mindfulness Evangelist

  • Hendrik Adrian - Let's help law enforcement more to drag malware actors into the law
  • Joe Grand - Using Superpowers for PCB Reverse Engineering
  • Daan Raman - A distributed approach to mobile malware scanning
  • Zoz - Hacking Driverless Vehicles
  • snare & rzn - Thunderbolts and Lightning / Very, Very Frightening
  • Krzysztof Kotowicz - Biting into the forbidden fruit. Lessons from trusting JavaScript crypto
  • Ryan Kazanciyan and Matt Hastings - Investigating PowerShell Attacks
  • Matthew Halchyshak and Joseph Tartaro - Cyber Necromancy: Resurrecting the Dead (Game Servers)
  • Aaron Lemasters - Windows Crash Dump Exploration
  • Arne Swinnen and Alaeddine Mesbahi - One packer to rule them all: Empirical identification, comparison and circumvention of current Antivirus detection techniques
  • Zoz and Joe Grand - The Projects Of Prototype This
  • Adam Schoeman - Data transforming your sewage into signatures - lessons learnt from building a hybrid honeypot named Amber
  • Noel Dunne and Paco Hope - Security Makes Strange Bedfellows: Using Legal and Procurement To Secure Software
  • Markus Vervier - Stealing a Mobile Identity Using Wormholes


  • Philip Polstra - Autonomous Remote Hacking Drones
  • Michael Sikorski - Counterfeiting the Pipes with FakeNet 2.0
  • Hal Pomeranz - Linux Forensics Workshop
  • Solomon Sonya - Splinter the RAT Attack: Create Your Own Botnet to Exploit the Network
  • Chris Lytle and Leigh Lytle - Old School Crypto
  • Willi Ballenthin - “EID 1102 - The audit log was cleared” won’t stop me: Advanced Windows Event Log Forensics
  • Wim Remes and Daniela Zapata - The dirty secrets of client-side exploitation and protection
  • Jake Valletta - Exploiting the Bells and Whistles: Uncovering OEM Vulnerabilities in Android
  • Vivek Ramachandran - Javascript for Pentesters with over 20 Challenges
  • Machtelt Garrels - Beer brewing workshop
  • DJ Jackalope - DJ workshop

  • Ocean Lam (Hong Kong)
  • DJ Jackalope (Las Vegas)
  • keroSerene (Serene Han, pianist)

  • Hardware Hacking by Joe Grand (2 day training)
  • Wireshark Packet Class by Didier Stevens (2 day training)
  • Advanced Wi-Fi Pentesting by Vivek Ramachandran (2 day training)
  • Historical and Modern Cryptography for Security Professionals by Chris Lytle & Dan Crowle (2 day training)
  • Telco Security: Hacking Core Network Protocols and Beyond by Philippe Langlois (2 day training)
  • Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools by Frédéric Baguelin (2 day training)
  • Hands-on Penetration Testing by Georgia Weidman (3 day training)
  • ARM Android Xploitation by Aseem Jakhar & Aditya Gupta (3 day training)
  • Practical Malware Analysis: Rapid Introduction by Michael Sikorski (3 day training)

You might want to come earlier, as we have some extra activities on Wednesday 24-Sep in the pipeline :-)

Early Bird registration is now open for the conference and the trainings!


the BruCON team

Apr 7, 2014

BruCON 2014 - First Announcements

Hello there BruCONneers!

Over the past few months we've been busy preparing our Spring Trainings (tip : you can still register!) but that doesn't mean we haven't focused on our main event : BruCON 2014 aka BruCON 0x06.

As you've come to expect from us we are always on the lookout for speakers, trainers and side-events that are exceptional and bring information and knowledge to our audiences and the information security community in general. I can honestly say that the BruCON team has come out in force and we're building up a schedule that any European information security professional will find exciting.

As the stars start to align, we can share the following with you.


Joe Grand - Hardware Hacking Training
Having Joe Grand offering his two-day Hardware Hacking Training at BruCON is one thing we are very happy with. This is the ONLY time this year that Joe will offer his training in Europe, period. As security moves closer to the silicon, hardware hacking is becoming core to any information security professional's skill set. Being able to learn from Joe, who has been a luminary in the field by no stretch of the imagination, is something we are super-excited about and we're proud to provide this opportunity to our BruCON audience.


Adam Shostack
We're proud to announce that Adam Shostack has agreed to come to BruCON as our keynote speaker. It's hard to imagine your life as an information security professional without the contributions Adam has made to our field of knowledge. He's been a key contributor to CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) and one of the core developers of the Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling methodology, including the Elevation of Privileges card game. Adam has written several books, including his most recent "Threat Modeling - designing for security".

Jennifer Minella
Jennifer works at Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. and is a board member of (ISC)2. She focuses on specialized areas of infrastructure security, including network access control, 802.1X, wireless technologies and SCADA/ICS and DCS. Those that know here refer to her as "a force of nature" and "one of the kindest human beings" they've ever met. She will, without a doubt, captivate the BruCON audience and we're proud to have her on board this year.


The BruCON party has become a staple at our event and a place where our audience comes to relax after a hard day of learning and exchanging knowledge. This year will be no different and we're also paying attention to this department. We're once again excited to announce the two first DJs for this years party :

Ocean Lam (Hong Kong)
DJ Jackalope (Las Vegas)

It will once again be a jam-packed BruCON event and we can't wait to have all of you over again in September. It won't be too long now before we can announce the full schedule as we have concluded the 2014 CFP and we continue to negotiate with great trainers and organizers of exciting side-events (CTF, workshops, ...).

Watch this space for further announcements :-)


the BruCON team

Jan 23, 2014

BruCON 0x06 CFP is open

This is the call for papers (CFP) for talks and workshops for the 6th edition of BruCON, a 2-day Security and Hacking Conference full of interesting presentations, workshops and security challenges. BruCON is an open-minded gathering of people discussing computer security, privacy, and information technology. The conference tries to create bridges between the various actors active in computer security world including (but not limited to) hackers, security professionals, security communities, non-profit organizations, CERTs, students, law enforcement agencies,etc. The conference will be held in Ghent on the 25th and 26th of September 2014. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to :
* Electronic/Digital Privacy
* Wireless Network and Security
* Attacks on Information Systems and/or Digital Information Storage
* Web Application and Web Services Security
* Lockpicking & physical security
* Honeypots/Honeynets
* Spyware, Phishing and Botnets (Distributed attacks)
* Hardware hacking, embedded systems and other electronic devices
* Mobile devices exploitation, Symbian, P2K and bluetooth technologies
* Electronic Voting
* Free Software and Security
* Legal and Social Aspect of Information Security
* Software Engineering and Security
* Security in Information Retrieval
* Security aspects in SCADA, industrial environments and "obscure" networks
* Forensics and Anti-Forensics
* Mobile communications security and vulnerabilities
* Information warfare and industrial espionage
* Social Engineering
* Virtualisation Security
* ...

Possibly formats are:
* 1hr talk
* 2hr workshop (preferably hands on)
* 4hr workshop (preferably hands on)

How to submit:
Submissions will contain as much detail as possible and will be written in English.
This year we use EasyChair to collect and review talk and workshop proposals.
You will submit your proposal online:
Your submission will contain at least the following details:
* Your name
* Where do you live (country)
* How to reach you
* The title of your talk/workshop, including type [talk|2h workshop|4h workshop]
* An abstract of your talk/workshop, including a brief biography
* A number of keywords to characterise your submission
* Additionally you are encouraged to include, in plain text or PDF format, supporting materials such as slidedecks, white papers, curriculums, prerequisites for talk/workshop, ...

Our speaker treatment hasn't changed since the first year. You're our guest and we will do anything to make your stay and experience as enjoyable as possible. This includes helping you with travel and accomodation and providing ample opportunities to sample the best of whatever Belgium has to offer. You know what we're talking about so ... submit now!

This CFP closes on March 31st 2014 at midnight CET -- CFP feedback will be sent before April 30th 2014. All talks will be published before May 15th 2014.

Small print: We do not accept product or vendor related pitches. If your presentation involves an advertisement for a new product or service your company is offering, please do not submit. Also, we do not accept presentations submitted by a third party including (but not limited to) company representatives, management bureau's, etc. BruCON presentations should be focused on topics that are of interest to security and technology professionals who are paying attention to current trends and issues. We want BruCON to be educational and entertaining to the attendees and the community.