BSides Cape Town 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015 4 years ago ,

MWR will be presenting a whole range of activities as part of our sponsorship of BSides Cape Town.

MWR is pleased to be sponsoring BSides Cape Town! This year we will be presenting a talk on the Altech Node and also running a password-cracking workshop, where we will be guiding participants through the process of cracking hashes for our competition “Smash the Hash”. And finally, we will be hosting the evening drinks once all the days activities have finished.

Smash The Hash

A competitive password cracking challenge that will see which BSides Cape Town attendee can rack up the most points during the event. Hashes will be released during the morning of the conference, with users having to crack a variety of hash types worth different points. Access the site from the BSides Cape Town WiFi to compete!

Check out this blog post – A practical guide to cracking password hashes for inspiration.

Event Description

BSides Cape Town 2015 is an innovative one day information security conference, open to the public, and focused on providing an open platform for sharing ideas, insights, and developing longstanding relationships with others in the community. It is a rare opportunity to directly connect and create trusted relationships with key members of the community. The attendees come from a vast range of backgrounds local, nationwide and globally.

Talks presented by MWR

Topic: Ode to the Node

Speaker: Kyle Riley


As the local market for Video on Demand services booms, multiple South African vendors are developing innovative products to quench the ever growing needs of consumers. One such product is Altech’s set-top box solution, the Node, offering features such as streaming of HD content over satellite, the ability to integrate with smart home devices, and an Android container.

The Altech Node was analysed by a team at MWR Labs, which led to a number of security vulnerabilities being identified. The talk discusses the security measures implemented, as well as the strategy employed to uncover security flaws that ultimately led to code execution and reaching a privileged context on the device.

You can register for tickets to BSides Cape Town 2015 here



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MWR is an accredited member of The Cyber Security Incident Response Scheme (CSIR) approved by CREST (Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers).
MWR is certified under the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme to deal with sophisticated targeted attacks against networks of national significance.
We are certified to comply with ISO 9001 and 14001 in the UK, internationally accepted standards that outline how to put an effective quality and environmental management systems in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
As an Approved Scanning Vendor MWR is approved by PCI SSC to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to PCI DSS Requirement 11.2.2.
We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.
As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by NCSC for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
MWR’s consultants hold Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM) and Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS) qualifications and are authorized by CREST to perform STAR penetration testing services.