Pages from a Sword-Maker’s Notebook pt. II

This talk is an encapsulation of implemented solutions for achieving common requirements when constructing software designed to perform long term covert intelligence gathering. It is a “grab bag” of “tips and tricks” developed and or abstracted from previous works by the presenter in a variety of intelligence gathering operations, none of which will be specifically disclosed. Full source code (almost all of it written in Golang) will be provided for tactic snippets, as well as several publicly available practical examples of solutions to various covert intelligence gathering roadblocks.

The technical details of this presentation will be prefaced by a small summery of “which tactics work from a methodical perspective and why” from a human perspective. Beyond this, specific mappings will be drawn from these methods to the specific technical capabilities disclosed in the latter portion of the presentation. The technical subjects in question will include but not be limited to. — anti virus evasion (with special emphasis on modern machine learning based solutions) — anti attribution techniques — covert channel methods — C2 “castle guarding” — covert administration & devops — solution scaling — persistence — future proofing — counter intelligence / anti reverse engineering.

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