In Episode 128, host Chris Hadnagy speaks with Alethe Denis, winner of last year’s SECTF about how to earn the coveted black badge. In this discussion, you’ll hear what she learned from her previous mistakes that helped her dominate the competition. You’ll also hear Alethe’s take on the differences between real-life and competitive vishing. – April 13, 2020
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- Alethe shares her initial thoughts on receiving details about her target company.
- One mistake Alethe made in her first competition was misunderstanding that you can repeat flags.
- Alethe outlines how she prepared for the second competition, including watching re-enactment videos.
- Chris and Alethe discuss the importance of pretext and the key switch Alethe made.
- Alethe describes the experience of bringing a young baby to DefCon.
- She spent over 100 hours of time on her OSINT report. She spent even more time getting ready for the calls.
- Alethe tells us the most dangerous OSINT she found in her research.
- Alethe compares real-life vishing to competitive vishing.
- The time factor gave Alethe anxiety during her first competition. Learn how she managed this the second time around.
- They discuss the name game and how to use it effectively or ineffectively.
- Learn the important way the black badge changed Alethe’s life.
3 Key Points:
- Dedicate a big chunk of time to prepare for the conference by listening to podcast episodes, watching re-enactments, and preparing your OSINT report.
- In her OSINT research, Alethe was able to find information as dangerous as the types of equipment and software the company used freely available to the public.
- In real-life vishing, you have time to establish rapport. Competitive vishing moves much faster.