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Approved 1st Round of Talks for ROOTCON X

19.4.16 Posted by Shipcode

Hey all geeks!



We've got some good news for yah. Yeah that's right! Our CFP board has just approved three talks waiting to be served on ROOTCON X: https://www.rootcon.org/xml/rc10/talks

The legendary crypto and IPV6 expert Lawrence Hughes is finally back for ROOTCON X and will deliver another awesome talk entitled "Certificate Based Strong Client Authentication as a Replacement for Username/Password".

A first time speaker at ROOTCON, Eskie Cirrus James D. Maquilang, C)PEH will be delivering his talk on "Exploiting Home Routers". For those of you who don't know Eskie, he is the guy responsible for the Vulnerability Note VU#525276 wherein he reported multiple vulnerabilities of SpeedSurf 504AN and Kasda KW58293 modems distributed by PLDT (Phillipine Long Distance Telephone).

Another first time speaker is a seasoned speaker at OWASP India, Nullcon, Blackhat Asia and many other conferences. Let us all welcome Sanoop Thomas who is the author of Xtreme Vulnerable Web Application (XVWA) and Halcyon. This year he will be presenting his very own Halcyon - "Halcyon – A Faster Way to Build Custom Scripts for Nmap Scans".

ROOTCON X Speakers Corner: Infosec Rockstars We Want for RC10

8.4.16 Posted by Shipcode

chuck norris

One of the main reasons why geeks go to a hacker conference and information security gathering are the awesome lineup of speakers and interesting talks. Thus, I decided to create a list of hackers we want for our conference this year. I wanna tempt you guys to come to this year's ROOTCON with these pictures:



We are definitely eyeing and convincing these guys to visit this year.

defcon speaker
Kryptia on Defcon - we want these kind of guys too
Daniel Miessler
Daniel is one of the most respected influencers in the field of Cyber Security and Infosec. He is the former Practice Principal at HP Fortify and now the Director of Client Advisory Services at IOActive. According to Onalytica, he ranks number one in their recent announcement entitled Cyber Security and InfoSec: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.

HD Moore
No need for an explanation here! We salute the guy behind the Metasploit Framework. Despite leaving Rapid 7, his legacy can never be forgotten. We really want you man!

Wei Chen
He is also known as sinn3r and is the longest serving Metasploit Exploit Developer who works at Rapid7. We want this Metasploit guy rocking on our conference for his skills and good personality. Whenever, I create a new Metasploit module - he is always there to help me and guide me.

The Entire Metasploit Team at Rapid7
We are not only inviting Wei Chen! If you are on the Metasploit Team then you are definitely invited to speak at ROOTCON. Paging jvasquez, James Lee (egyp7), William Vu (wvu-r7), Tod Beardsley, Mo Sadek, etc.

Jeremiah Grossman
He is the founder of Whitehat Security, Professional Hacker, Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is one of the top influencers in the field of web application security. He has also presented numerous topics about web security in various hacker conferences.

Caleb Sima
In the 1990's, Caleb pioneered research on SQL Injection - yes he is a Legend! Now he is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Bluebox Security. Here is his bio that I grabbed from his company's website:

Before the founding of Bluebox Security, Caleb Sima was EIR at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to this Caleb was CEO of Armorize Technologies, an internationally acclaimed, SaaS-based malware monitoring and code security analysis firm headquartered in San Francisco. Before his tenure at Armorize, Caleb served as Chief Technology Officer for HP’s Application Security Center and was responsible for directing the lifecycle of the company’s web application security solutions. He joined HP following the acquisition in 2007 of SPI Dynamics, the company he co-founded and led as CTO, where he oversaw the development of WebInspect – a solution that set the bar in Web application security testing tools. Prior to co-founding SPI Dynamics in early 2000, Caleb worked for Internet Security Systems’ elite X-Force R&D team and as a Security Engineer for S1 Corporation.

Jason Haddix
Jason is an influential bug bounty hunter, the Director of Technical Operations at Bugcrowd Inc and a former Director of Penetration Testing at HP Fortify. He trains and works with internal application security engineers to triage and validate hardcore vulnerabilities in mobile, web, and IoT applications/devices. Together with Daniel Miessler, they head the OWASP IoT, OWASP SecLists and OWASP Mobile Top Ten projects. He is a great web and mobile hacker. He was our keynote last year and we hope that he will be back again for this year.

Vivek Ramachandran
"Hello all! This is Vivek..." - these are the famous lines and introduction in most of Vivek's videos in SecurityTube.net and Pentester Academy where he is the CEO of the two platforms. He is a known BlackHat Trainer for Wireless Penetration Testing. He also discovered the Caffe Latte attack, broke WEP Cloaking, and conceptualized enterprise Wi-Fi Backdoors. He is definitely a badass wireless security person and we want his expertise for ROOTCON X!

John Menerick
We want this Security Dragon at Netsuite back for this year! He has presented two topics at ROOTCON IX and he delivered it well. His slides are funny and exceptional. You doubt this guy? Watch the DEFCON videos!

Mariano Nunez
He is my inspiration to SAP Security Testing because for authoring Bizploit Framework which is an open source ERP Penetration Testing framework. He is the CEO and co-founder of Onapsis which is an authority in SAP cyber security field.  According to sources, he was the first to publicly present on cyber security risks affecting SAP platforms and how to mitigate them.

James Fitts
James works at HP Fortify where he breaks mobile applications (primarily Android). He is also an exploit developer and has contributed modules to the Metasploit Framework. He has delivered an awesome topic about Android Application Assessments during the Mobile Hacking Summit (MHS) at Blackhat USA 2014.

Blake Self
Blake is one of the crew members of SOLDIERX who has been an active speaker at DEFCON. He co-authored the first commercial encrypted instant messenger with Dr. Cyrus Peikari while at VirusMD. He has worked previously at SIPRNET Administrator, Department of Defense Red Team Analyst, and R&D at various corporations. I love his talk last DEFCON 22 entitled "Don't DDoS Me Bro: Practical DDoS Defense".

Rahul Sasi
He is the founder and CTO of Cloudsek. He is one of the most sought after Indian Information Security Researcher and one of the core members of Garage4hackers. He has also spoken at various hacker conferences every year.

Aseem Jakhar
He is the Founder at hardwear.io, Research Director at Payatu Labs and Founder/Organizer at NULLCON (India's Premier Hacking Conference). He is the author of open source Linux thread injection kit -Jugaad and Indroid which demonstrate a stealthy in-memory malware infection technique.

Micah Hoffman
He is also known as @WebBreacher in Twitter. He is an active member in the NoVAHackers community, writes Recon-ng modules, SANS Certified Instructor and enjoys tackling issues with the Python scripting language.

Alexander Polyakov
Alexander is another authority in SAP Cyber Security. He is the founder of ERPScan and President of the EAS-SEC.org project. Recognized as an R&D professional and Entrepreneur of the year, his expertise covers the security of enterprise business-critical software like ERP, CRM, SRM and industry specific solutions for Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Retail and Banking; as well as other verticals developed by enterprise software companies such as SAP and Oracle.

Raymond Nunez
Mon has been a consultant to international organizations such as WHO and NEC, is the Co-Head Security Architect of DOST-ICTO for the Integrated Government Project (iGov), the Network Infrastructure and Security Consultant of the UP Computer Center, etc.

A member of Team Manila, Mon, with Paul Prantilla, has competed in the DEFCON 22 in Las Vegas this 2014. The team participated in multiple contests achieving 4th out of 264 teams for the Network Forensics Puzzle Contest (NFPC), and also 4th at the Capture the Packet Contest (CTP) championship round. They also competed in the 2014 Capture The Flag contest at Hack In The Box, Kuala Lumpur -- making them the first and only team from the Philippines to ever compete in an international CTF event.

Bruce Schneier
Bruce is one of the most influential security guru in the field of cryptography. He has been involved in the creation of many cryptographic algorithms: Skein, Solitaire, Phelix, Helix, Fortuna, Yarrow algorithm, Twofish, Blowfish, Threefish, and MacGuffin Pictures.

Christopher Elisan
Sir Tophs has spoken at ROOTCON for two conferences already and yes we want him back! He is the Principal Malware Scientist at RSA. He has a long history of digital threat and malware expertise, reversing, research and product development started at Trend Micro as one of the pioneers of TrendLabs where he honed his skills in malware reversing. He then built F-Secure’s Asia R&D where he spearheaded projects in vulnerability discovery, web security and mobile security. After F-Secure, he joined Damballa as their resident malware subject matter expert and reverse engineer. He speaks at conferences around the world and frequently provides expert opinion about malware, botnets and advance persistent threats for leading industry and mainstream publications. Elisan’s published works include "Advanced Malware Analysis."

Shawn Webb
Shawn a.k.a lattera is a Security Engineer and Co-founder of the HardenedBSD project. It would be nice if he can introduce his project during ROOTCON 10. He is also a long-time crew member of SOLDIERX.

NJ Ouchn
He is the organizer of the major event Blackhat Arsenal Tools (US and Europe) since 2011 and the founder and the main maintainer of toolswatch.org. He also maintains the projects; DPE (Default Password Enumeration), vFeed® the open source correlated & cross-linked vulnerability database, FireCAT the Firefox Catalog of Auditing exTensions, and KromCAT – Google Chrome Catalog of Auditing exTensions. Maybe he can organize an event like Arsenal Tools? Let's see!

Daniel Cid
He is the founder of the open source OSSEC HIDS and the Founder/CTO of Sucuri. He is also the co-writer of the Host-Based Intrusion Detection book and is an active writer at blog.sucuri.net.

Tavis Ormandy
Tavis has been seen nowadays in the mailing lists and exploit databases breaking antivirus software. This guy is legit since he is currently employed by Google as part of their Project Zero team. Tavis you are an inspiration!

Dan Duplito
Dan is one of the few elite hackers in the Philippines who is a chick magnet according to Tikbalang. He is the Vice-President of the Information Security Division in PSBank, one of goons of ROOTCON, and an Outstanding ASEAN CISO Awardee for 2013.

Craig Smith
Craig runs runs Theia Labs, a research firm that focuses on security auditing and building hardware and software prototypes. He has worked for several auto manufacturers and provided them with his public research. He is also a founder of the Hive13 hackerspace and OpenGarages.org. Craig is a frequent speaker on car hacking and has run workshops at RSA, DEF CON, and other major security conferences. He is the author of the book "Car Hacker's Handbook: A Guide for the Penetration Tester".

Douglas Berdeaux
He is the founder of WeakNet Laboratories, and the lead developer of known open-source security projects and tools like WEAKERTHAN Linux, WiFiCake-NG, WardriveSQL, GPS-Parser-ng, WPA Phishing Attack for EAP Phishing, SSWR (Scripted Security for Wireless Routers), Catchme-NG, Perlwd (Perl UNiX MD5 HASH Cracking application), and many more.

Oh wait, you are not on the list? Don't worry! If you think you can do better than these guys which I think you can then please submit your talk at cfp [at] rootcon [dot] org and follow the instructions here: https://www.rootcon.org/xml/rc10/cfp.

Registration Officially Open

7.4.16 Posted by ROOTCON

Our registration is now officially open, this year we looked for another alternative other than Eventbrite to lessen the cost of our ticket fee. ROOTCON is always dedicated to giving the most quality and affordable conference in the country. 

Our registration this year is the same price as last year, no increase but we made it more exciting, first 30 registrations will entitle you to a free invite to the ROOTCON secret party. 

This conference is now BS just pure awesomeness! So what are you waiting for be part of the largest hacking conference in the Philippines! 

Accepted mode of payment:

Direct Deposit (thru BPI) 
PayPal

Group discount and student rates available! 

REGISTER NOW!!!



ROOTCON 10 Call For Papers Now Open!

5.4.16 Posted by Shipcode

ROOTCON CFP
Last year at ROOTCON IX, we had some awesome lineup of talks from 31337 speakers:

  • How to Shot Web: Better Web Hacking in 2015 by Jason Haddix 
  • BackDooring Git by John Menerick 
  • Open Source Internet Infrastructure Insecurity by John Menerick 
  • Unmasking Malware by Christopher Elisan 
  • Hacking Time by Carlos Tingson 
  • Hiding Behind ART by Paul Sabanal 
  • Building Automation and Control: Hacking Energy Saving System by Philippe Z Lin 
  • Detecting Indicators of a Compromise Using an SDN-Based Network Access Control Implementation by Mon Nunez & Paul Prantilla 
  • Incident Response for Targeted attacks by Jose Ramon Palanco 
  • How safe is my system from reverse engineering by Markku Kero 
  • Fixing CSRF Vulnerabilities Effectively by Lu Zhao 
  • Once more unto the data breach by Steve Miller 
  • Oh My Honey: Honeypots (or honeynets) by Ray Torres 
  • Understanding HTTP/2 by Nathan LaFollette 
Now what about this year? Well, we need the crowd of researchers and 31337 hackers again to submit your talks since ROOTCON X's CFP (Call for Papers) has been opened for this year! 

It's time to show off those fresh and sizzling new hacks on September 22-24, 2016 at the Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay, Philippines. What are you waiting for? Email cfp [at] rootcon [dot] org and follow the instructions here: https://www.rootcon.org/xml/rc10/cfp

Topics of interest but not limited to:

  • Real-life hack (responsible disclosure)
  • Non-tech hacking
  • New tool release
  • Exploit Development
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Web Application Attacks
  • Tools 101 (Metasploit, Nmap, etc…etc…)
  • Wireless Attacks (3G, 4G, 802.11(x))
  • Cloud Security
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • OS Level Vulnerabilities
  • Physical Security (Lock picking – Digital Locks or Digital Safes)
  • SQL Injections
  • Vendor Appliance Vulnerabilities
  • Exploitation Techniques
  • Mobile Security
  • Internet of Things (IOT)

ROOTCON 9: Thank You!!!

7.10.15 Posted by ROOTCON

Another epic ROOTCON event has been nailed in history, not just on the ROOTCON history but a history in the Philippine Information Security industry. This year we took extra leap of challenge, we chose another venue for ROOTCON, it was a very hard turn-point for the ROOTCON logistics as we don't know the challenges ahead, but it turned out to be very epic!!!


This years' ROOTCON 9 has been dubbed as the ROOTCON All Star, we have different speakers and con-goers from around the globe. It wouldn't be possible without the RC Goons, Sponsors, Speakers and of course our awesome con-goers. 



Hats down to our ROOTCON Elite Sponsors:

Kaspersky Lab
HP Fortify on Demand
Netsuite Security
F5 Networks
Tenable Security
First DataCorp
Accenture

And to the rest of the sponsors big hugs to you guys.

MISNet Education
PaloAlto Networks
Rapid 7
Pandora Security Labs
Citi
Security Matters
Inquirer

and to Smiffnoff Mule for providing us drinks at our epic post-con party.


A quick note: What you get at ROOTCON is what you made ROOTCON for you.

Cheers everyone and see you all next year.

All The Best,
Dark (semprix) Meister




Inside ROOTCON IX: Major Highlights

7.10.15 Posted by Shipcode

Okay so first things first before giving you some highlights about ROOTCON 9, let's try to have a sneak peek on the comments of the attendees about the venue and some cool shots about it.


Thanks guys for sharing the awesome venue - Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay.

More than people turned up to listen to talks on a wide variety of subjects. Aside from Filipino participants, there were also geeks from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, Malaysia, America, India, etc. who attended the event. Cheers to the attendees who flew to the Philippines just to attend ROOTCON.




Here is the official electronic badge of ROOTCON 9...

And some ROOTCON goons just started the Hacker Badge / Hardware Hacking Village. Thanks guys for taking this initiative.
Mini Hardware Hacking and Hacker Badge Village
Here are some cool topics we had for this year:
  • How to Shot Web: Better Web Hacking in 2015 by Jason Haddix 
  • BackDooring Git by John Menerick 
  • Open Source Internet Infrastructure Insecurity by John Menerick 
  • Unmasking Malware by Christopher Elisan 
  • Hacking Time by Carlos Tingson 
  • Hiding Behind ART by Paul Sabanal 
  • Building Automation and Control: Hacking Energy Saving System  by Philippe Z Lin 
  • Detecting Indicators of a Compromise Using an SDN-Based Network Access Control Implementation by Mon Nunez & Paul Prantilla 
  • Incident Response for Targeted attacks by Jose Ramon Palanco 
  • How safe is my system from reverse engineering by Markku Kero 
  • Fixing CSRF Vulnerabilities Effectively by Lu Zhao 
  • Once more unto the data breach by Steve Miller 
  • Oh My Honey: Honeypots (or honeynets) by Ray Torres 
  • Understanding HTTP/2 by Nathan LaFollette 

I would love to see @caseyjohnellis next year then :)
 Aside from the awesome talks, we had some cool hacker games. WiFi Warrior a.k.a wireless cracking was on the go but sad to say no one won that contest.


ROOTCON CTF was the main highlight of all games in ROOTCON wherein a total of 9 teams joined the said contest. The CTF consists a variety of challenges like stega, crypto, forensics, binary analysis, exploitation and reverse engineering. Yes you read me right that there are exploitation levels! There are 4 boxes that you need to pwn or root for you to find the flag. No one was able to find the flags for the 4 boxes but some boxes were pwned though which is a good one.
Team Handshake handed a total pwnage to the other eight teams because they bagged a total of 4,000 times.


Here is a picture of Team Handshake (the champion of the CTF) together with semprix (the founder of ROOTCON) and I (the jetman).
The Team Handshake (a two-man Team) together with semprix (left) and The Jetman (right)
Congratulations to these two badass guys because they hold the most number of wins in ROOTCON CTF.

One of the coolest part of ROOTCON and any hacker conference are the parties. Yes we had a post-con party which was sponsored by Smirnoff Mule so it was more of a drink till you drop. During the said party, the annual ROOTCON Hacker Jeopardy hosted by DevNull took place.
Jason Haddix (@jhaddix), Nathan LaFollette (@httphacker), and John Menerick (@Lord_SQL) of the Speakers Team won this year's Hacker Jeopardy after a tie-breaker with the new team BRT (winner of the first ROOTCON Campus Tour).
The Winners of the Hacker Jeopardy
So yeah, the ultimate trophy is the Black Badge (the black one).
RC9 ended with an awesome post-con party participated by the speakers, goons, sponsors and of course our con-goers, where the infamous Hacker Jeopardy was also held.



ROOTCON would not be possible without the goons, speakers, sponsors and of course our con-goers. Thanks guys for the support and to the whole InfoSec community. You guys rock!

Stay tuned for more highlights of the conference and the pictures in our Facebook Fanpage.

Accenture and Netsuite Security are hiring at ROOTCON 9

10.9.15 Posted by Shipcode

        

Boost up your InfoSec and IT Security because our Elite sponsors Accenture and Netsuite Security will be hiring on ROOTCON 9. It's time to prepare your resume and your self because it's gonna be a bumpy ride and a battle between fellow hackers to have a great InfoSec Career.

ROOTCON is a neutral event for hackers and it is also one of the places you want to be if you are looking to learn some new things and then start an InfoSec Career because of hiring managers attending such event in order to scout some new blood. 

For private application at Accenture please send your CVs at yvette.b.pagsambugan [at] accenture dot com.

Here is an advice: Just be yourself and prove that you are worth it! Trust me, I landed a career in Information Security because of attending ROOTCON.