I just finished the 4 day course titled Active Defense & Cyber Deception through Antisyphon, and it was excellent! This was one of the Pay What You Can classes that they offer, which made it affordable for me as a noob. The class did start to get a bit over my head, but that does not mean it was not super valuable. I now know what I don’t know.
All the reading I have done, all the videos I have watched and all the studying via INE, TryHackMe and HackTheBox has been very beneficial. But they all lack real world experience. John Strand (BHIS) is a veteran in the field and his experience comes through the entire course. The classes taught me a lot about technique, tools and connected a lot of dots for me. I can’t wait until WWHF where there is going to be more training and I get to meet a lot of these folks!
I was able to attend the Wild West Hacking’ Fest (Way West) conference in San Diego from May 3rd to May 6th. It was a bit overwhelming and not at all what I thought it would be. Compared to every other conference I have been to, it was the least inclusive and least informative, but I am not sure I was really the audience the conference was aimed at. Still I learned a lot.
One of the steps is to install VMWare. So I try this on my Macbook. It’s an M1, and I forgot when I was downloading to make sure to grab the right download. That failed because I have the M1 chip. I grabbed the right one, but it won’t run the VM because the VM wants X86 Arch. Of course.
So I scramble and borrow a Windows laptop (Dell Inspiron 17) that my mother in law is not using. We got it for her last Christmas, but she never uses it because it’s slow. Well, she was not kidding. It’s super slow, and that’s because HDD utilization under Task Manager is always at 100%. Like, always. I really don’t like Windows. I loved Windows 98, and XP was probably my favorite. That’s about the time I made the switch to Mac. So I spent almost a day doing all the things I could find and think of to solve the issue, but no go. Even reinstalled windows, updated all drivers, etc. I think the HDD and/or cable is bad or RAM is not working right and causing constant swapping. Whatever it is, I can’t use this laptop. I ordered an SSD and some new RAM so I can play with it later.
Next was to try and make this work on My Kali Linux. I was sure that it was not going to work, but someone in Discord who is also in the class mentioned that it should. I gave it a shot, and sure enough, I am good to go! I figured Kali would not work as well as Ubuntu, or RHEL, but it’s smooth.