2010 : BackTrack Linux – Penetration Testing Distribution

“Crack Me If You Can”: Defcon 2010 Password Cracking Challenge

I recently had the pleasure of competing in the Defcon 18 password cracking challenge affectionately called “Crack Me if You Can“. When I first heard about the challenge I knew Backtrack had to be involved so I set on the task of compiling a team. Due to the Black Hat Trainings and Social-Engineer CTF most of our guys were pretty busy so I decided to enlist the help of my best friend Dakykilla and the guys who write and maintain Hashcat and Oclhashcat. These two tools are the best password cracking software to date and we proved it in the contest. Since Hashcat was the primary software used we called ourselves Team Hashcat.

Hack Cracking Contest at Defcon

Back From BlackHat – Imminent R1 Release

BackTrack 4 R1 BlackHat EditionBlackHat and Defcon were a blast , and we are all back glad to be back in one piece. The BlackHat crew printed around 5500 BT4 R1 DVD’s, which were all distributed during the two conferences. In Defcon, the DVD’s were freely available (optional donation) in the Hackers for Charity booth. Many people chose to donate – we applaud you all !

The Online version of the ISO will be released in the next 48 hours. We need to add a missing ipw2200 firmware which was pointed out to us in BH. The main difference in this release in comparison to BT4 Final is a new kernel (2.6.34), which brings with it faster desktop responsiveness, as well as a bastion of new and improved wireless drivers. The rt3070 driver is still a bit wonky, so the new Alfa AWUS036NH cards will not work with aircrack-ng – this will hopefully be resolved soon.

Keep your eye out on the blog for the download links to the public R1 release!

BackTrack, Present and Future

BackTrack RoadmapInformation security experts who focus on penetration testing rely on BackTrack as the leading distribution for their practices. BackTrack started as a personal side project well over 5 years ago and by now has been downloaded over 5 million times.

Many people have devoted countless hours of their lives to make sure BackTrack is the best it can be.  Now it is time to take that to the next level. Offensive Security has started officially funding the development of BackTrack, allowing for a more steady development cycle.

Together with the unbelievable support and help of the open source community which has cared for us over the years, we are ready to take BackTrack to a whole new level. This move will give BackTrack the momentum it needs to maintain real time updates, to support full time quality development and explore new and exciting options in the development of the world’s #1 choice distribution for penetration testers.

What does this mean? This means that from this day onwards, the BackTrack distribution will have a more stable development cycle, more versatility and better QA – while remaining free, as always. This move has also allowed us to build a BackTrack roadmap for the first time in its history. Yes, that’s right…that’s “BackTrack 5” written there…

Lastly, you can finally get those awesome BackTrack Vinyl stickers online – check out our swag page.

How Strong is your Fu – For Charity

Offensive Security, together with BlackHat and HFC are organizing an amazing CTF on the 19th of June, 2010. Registration costs 49 $US, and all proceeds go to HFC. The prizes being offered are a BlackHat Conference Ticket, (Las Vegas 2010) for 1st place, and a CTP Online Course as the runner up. Registration is limited to the first 102 signups, and seats are running out fast! Register to the Cyber Hacking Challenge now!


BackTrack used by the NSA

The National Security Agency and the Central Security Service tested the five U.S. service academies during the 2009 Cyber Defense Exercise.Teams were tested on their ability to defend computer networks the students designed themselves. The winner took home the coveted CDX trophy. In an unclassified movie produced by the NSA, we caught a glimpse.

Infected Mushroom