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2021

Smart Contract Bug Hunting

I’ve recently swapped out playing CTFs in my free time to trying to catch bugs in my free time, usually for a bounty. Since bug bounty platforms are usually focused on web or mobile applications, I thought it might be interesting to introduce an emerging branch of bug bounty, focusing on smart contracts.

Wannabes

Recently I was doing a Pentest, and I realised I am such a wannabe pentester, and I say this because I had to reach out my friends at Hack South for help on basic things. I am a jack of all trades, master of none, and so, I do not know many things by heart especially when not used on a daily basis.

Pay It Forward - PWK Vouchers

There is no such thing in life as a free lunch. Well, welcome to the exception to the rule (cos, who likes rules anyway - yuck!) A few years ago Telspace Systems gave me an opportunity and it changed my life. I am so grateful that there are people in the world (like those at Telspace) who do this kind of thing. It became a personal priority to be able to keep this kind of momentum going, and do my utmost to give the same kind of opportunities to others.

African Digital Forensics CTF

The United Nations Cybercrime Unit in Africa, lead by Carmen Corbin_UN created a unique Digital Forensics CTF competition for the month of May. This was only open for the African continent for people who are keen to see how their skills are in the digital forensics cybersecurity field. I for one do not work in the digital forensics field so I wanted to see how I would do in this but having worked as a systems administrator for most of my career, and now trying to make a move into offensive / forensics se...

OSCP Exam Guide: Preparing and Passing

Table of Contents Introduction Experience Pre-OSCP PWK Labs Post-Labs Exam Conclusion Pay It Forward – PWK Vouchers Resources Pre-OSCP Resources PWK Labs Resources Post-Labs Resources Exam Resources Introduction So you are planning to pursue the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification and are thinking about starting the Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) labs. This post covers some additional OSCP preparation that y...

There’s No Vel Like A SocVel

Intro Just over a year ago, having participated in a few Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) Capture The Flag (CTF) challenges, I started an internal one at work. This was aimed at Security Operation Center (SOC) and DFIR analysts, while using actual alert data from our environment. The great thing about this was the ability to present analysts with the same data they work on during normal operations. This meant we could test their understanding of what they were seeing, all while having the ...

DawgCTF 2021

I competed in DawgCTF with the Hack South CTF team on 8 May 2021. This is an 24-hour, entry-level CTF hosted by University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s CyberDawgs. We ended up placing 28th overall. Here are the write-ups for the four challenges I solved.

Digital Overdose Con Rookie Talk 2021

A journey through my first rookie talk, how I prepped for it and the details behind the amazing con, which happened on the weekend of the 17th and the 18th of April 2021. I spoke about a topic close to me, namely the usage of technology in business, or as I put it: “Bizops in Motion”. 2021 is a year of opportunity. Let’s make the most of this year. More posts to come!

Joining Hack South - The Skid guide to HS and Discord

Hack South is first and foremost a community of people based in South Africa but open to the world. Our growing community has a great variety of members, some of which are passionate information security practitioners, open-source investigators, developers, digital rights advocates and some are from a variety of other fields (even some totally unrelated to computers).

Going at the TraceLabs OSINT CTF again: You don’t win them all

On the weekend of the 22nd, I participated once more in the TraceLabs OSINT CTF. For context, this CTF is a bit different from other CTF's. It's not something where you compromise machines or map some networks. It's something where you actually try to dig up as much information as possible on missing people, as per the cases provided to TraceLabs by various law enforcement departments.

Those damn hackers hacked my Facebook!

“Don’t watch the video I inboxed you, my FB has been Hacked by Hackers!” Seen this before? Seen this more than once? You probably have. Accounts on Facebook have been hacked and taken over by hackers and they are working hard to hack your friends and families accounts… Or have they? Are they really? Who are these Hackers? And whilst we are on this subject, what are Hackers? Read further to understand what is usually actually going on, who is doing all these account takeovers and what the differen...

SARS and the eFiling quagmire with Adobe Flash discontinuation

After many years of faithful service, Adobe announced in 2017 it would discontinue support for Adobe Flash from 31 December 2020 and blocked Flash content from running in Flash Player.Many have been caught unprepared. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) recently announced it would start using its own browser. We aim to tackle the challenge this presents and what to think about and also why with a 2+ year warning things are not in place.

eNCA Interview on the WhatsApp Privacy Policy Changes

I had the distinct privilege of being interviewed on eNCA yesterday ! eNCA -- a.k.a. e-News Channel Africa -- is the first and most watched news service in South Africa. You can imagine that it came as a bit of a shocker to me to receive a message request in my Twitter DM's from one of their guest bookers, asking me if I'd like to come on and discuss these policy changes. So I decided to do it:

0x04 - Password Cracking

The Hack The Box Meetup is a monthly online event hosted on the first Tuesday of every month by Hack South. The meetup is an opportunity to connect with other InfoSec enthusiasts, learn new tools and tricks, exchange knowledge and of course Hack The Box.

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2020

Is that you Hack South? Is this me?

What is Hack South? Many have asked, what is Hack South, why Hack South and where is this all going? This blog will try to lay out the foundation, the activity and the vision for Hack South, Home of the ubiquitous South. We will also highlight some things we are working on, highlight some roles, channels and activities.

How to win the TraceLabs CTF, or at least come close

A few weeks ago, a rag tag motley crew from Hack South took part in the TraceLabs missing persons CTF as part of conINT 2020. It was our 4th shot as team Hack South, but this time we scored a podium finish and just missed out on 2nd place. This is the story of how we did it, with no case specifics.

0x03 - Getting started with Reverse Engineering

This post summarises the Meetup held on 1 December 2020. Agenda An introductory presentation on Software Reverse Engineering. A theory presentation will cover the types of outputs reverse engineers may investigate for CTFs and in practice. De-obfuscation, disassembly and decomplication will be discussed. We will look at the difference between static and dynamic analysis and how to use some of the common tools. The second half of the Meetup will feature two practical challenges: One guided, for attendees...

Announcing 0xcon 2020

0xcon 2020 is around the corner! We have some interesting local speakers sharing the hard work they have done over the year, and a privesc challenge that will be interesting to all of us. All of this will be done online due to COVID-19, but we are setting this up to maintain the collaborative nature of the event.

0x01 - First steps towards a foothold

This post summarises the Meetup held on 6 October 2020. Agenda An introductory session focussed on the first step when beginning on a new box: enumeration. A short presentation and a live demo will introduce on the theory and practice of initial enumeration and commonly used tools. Two Hack The Box 1-month VIP vouchers will be awarded to the top two contestants in a multiple-choice quiz! The second half of the Meetup will be dedicated to hacking together on the lab while sharing tips, tricks and advice.

0x00 - Starting from zero on Hack The Box

This post summarises the Meetup held on Tuesday 1 Sept 2020. Agenda An introductory session with the goal of getting everyone to pop a shell with EternalBlue. The backstory of WannaCry will be presented after a quick introduction. Then we will walk through the EternalBlue exploit and help everyone practice it in the HTB lab. Advanced attendees can skip forward to do other boxes on the private lab provided by HTB. The hosts will focus on walking new people through getting registered, set up, connected, a...

How To Access Our Dedicated Meetup Lab

This post shows how to access our dedicated lab during Hack The Box Meetups. Instead of playing on public instances, Hack The Box provides us a private lab environment for our Meetups. A mix of active and retired machines will be available without noise or interruption from other HTB players beyond our group.

Announcing the Hack The Box Meetup

We are excited to announce the first official Hack The Box Meetup in South Africa. All meetings will be online due to Covid-19. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday 1 September, followed by monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Hack The Box is an online platform to test and advance your skills in penetration testing and cyber security. Join and RSVP for the meeting now!

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