July 22, 2015

Digital Substation Takeover: Contest Overview


Digital Substation Takeover, presented by iGRIDS, was held at PHDays V. The contest's participants tried themselves in hacking a real electrical substation designed according to IEC 61850. The general task was to perform a successful attack against the electrical equipment control system.

Best Reverser Write-Up: Analyzing Uncommon Firmware



While developing tasks for PHDays’ contest in reverse engineering, we had a purpose of replicating real problems that RE specialists might face. At the same time we tried to avoid allowing cliche solutions.

July 6, 2015

The MiTM Mobile Contest: GSM Network Down at PHDays V


Although we have published several research works on cell phone tapping, SMS interception, subscriber tracking, and SIM card cracking, lots of our readers still regard those stories as some kind of magic used only by intelligence agencies. The MiTM Mobile contest was held at PHDays for the first time, and it let the participants realize how easily an attacker can conduct the above-mentioned attacks having only a 10$ cell phone with some hacker freeware.

July 3, 2015

PHDays V Highlights: Signs of GSM Interception, High Time to Hack Wi-Fi, Future of Encryption


Technological singularity is expected in 15 years at best, but Positive Hack Days transition is happening right now. The fifth forum had a record attendance – over 3,500 visitors, which is comparable to the leading international hacker conferences, and the number of talks, sessions, and various activities surpassed one hundred. The incredible and exciting contests involved hacking spaceships, power plants, ATMs, and railway companies. More Smoked Leet Chicken became the winning champion of this year’s CTF, showing their best at stock exchange speculation. Congratulations! A detailed write-up about that is coming soon. Right now let’s focus on a number of recommendations and tips that impressed us most of all during the 2-day hacker marathon that took place in World Trade Center on May 26-27.