Dark Side Ops: Malware Dev

May 10, 11th


Threat Intel reports are constantly being released which document the novel techniques and custom tooling that support real world operations. However, despite access to this information, the industry still lacks many of the fundamentals required to emulate nation state threats, opting instead for “off the shelf” tooling and click-once solutions. These tools abstract the true work required to compromise, engage, and exfiltrate a target network, leaving an operator scrambling when the going gets tough.

“Dark Side Ops: Malware Dev” focuses on the goals, challenges, architecture, and operations of advanced persistent threat (APT) tooling. Participants will dive deep into source code to gain a strong understanding of execution vectors, payload generation, automation, staging, command and control, and exfiltration. In addition, participants are given hands-on experience with black hat techniques currently used by hackers to bypass NIDS and HIPS systems, layer 7 web proxies, “next-gen” antivirus, and DLP solutions.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Build and modify custom payload droppers, beaconing backdoors, and interactive shells.
  • Implement stealthy command and control methods.
  • Design and automate the creation of sophisticated client-side attacks.
  • Pivot laterally between workstations for large-scale network compromise.
  • Bypass defensive host and network countermeasures such as anti-virus, firewalls, IDS/IPS, SIEMs, and strict egress filtering.
  • Establish custom, stealthy persistence in a target network.
  • Compile and deploy an advanced custom toolkit for exploration, understanding, and real “Red Side” operations.

Participants will receive source code to a variety of offensive tools, including custom shells, backdoors, C2 listening posts, and client-side exploitation techniques. To reinforce the knowledge provided through instruction, the modification and creation of the code is the focal point of every lab, allowing participants to take materials home for continued use.

Who Should Take This Course

“Dark Side Ops: Malware Dev” is ideal for offensive security enthusiasts who are ready to take their skills beyond the next tool, script, or fill-in-the-blank pen-testing dependence. If you’re an operator or hobbyist interested in building and modifying custom offensive tools to bypass the latest offensive countermeasures, this course is for you. If you are SOC analyst, developer, or incident responder who is interested in a malware development deep dive for hands-on learning, this course is for you.

L33t programming skills are not necessary to enjoy this course, and the labs are designed to provide 2 packed days regardless of previous experience. The material will focus solely on Windows environments, however some of the tooling and all of the theory could be applied to other operating systems as well. We truly believe participants will not leave this course disappointed.


SilentBreak Security ,

The information security industry needed to be modernized to keep up with the evolution of sophisticated threats; so in 2011, Silent Break Security was formed. Our team started their careers with the National Security Agency (NSA) and United States Air Force Network Warfare Squadron. These Department of Defense (DoD) agencies require the highest level of information security, and there is no reason your organization shouldn’t have the same. We have first-hand experience on offensive and defensive security to best assist our clients on actual organizational threats.

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