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Call For Sponsors Now Open!
Posted on: 05.29.21

Choose from a wide range of sponsorship opportunities.

✓ Brand Exposure
✓ Community Presence & Support
✓ Recruitment Opportunities
✓ Professional Networking

Visit the sponsorship page

Call For Papers Now Open!
Posted on: 05.27.21

Let's get this party on the road! ROOTCON would like to announce Call For Papers for ROOTCON 15 is now open!

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WHAT: ROOTCON 15 Call For Papers
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Details at Call For Papers

Announcement: ROOTCON 15 Hybrid Con
Posted on: 04.19.21

We are nowhere near the end of this Covid-19 pandemic but that will not stop our creative organizers from delivering another great conference for everyone this year!

ROOTCON 15 will be a hybrid conference this year, having both physical (very limited slots) and virtual (stay at home) sessions available for our attendees.

Date — September 30 & October 1, 2021

Venue  —  For those who will be physically attending the event, ROOTCON 15 will be held (and headquartered) at the famous and secluded vacation beaches of Pico De Loro! The venue is ideal during this pandemic as it is well-secluded from the public and their safety protocols help avoid any unnecessary contacts from the outside.

Physical Attendees —  we REQUIRE that all humans who plan on physically attending the conference to undergo an on-site antigen swab test, and follow the usual proper health protocols such as wearing a face mask and face shield at ALL times. Tables and seating arrangements will be in accordance with the hotel's safety protocols adhering to National and LGU guidelines.

As with the previous year when the pandemic started, majority of RootCon's speakers will come from around the world and will be presenting their talks over videoconference platforms from the safety of their homes or offices. Large screens will be made available to our physical attendees in the hotel's secured conference rooms.

Virtual  —  virtual attendees will be the same as last year where you are given a link to join the conference. Other mediums such as Twitch, Youtube, and Discord will also be available for you to participate and communicate.

Badges This year we will have two types of badges.

* Human  — if you wish to attend virtually you will be given a Human badge, which will be shipped to you a week before the conference.

* Human+ —  for our physical attendees, a Human+ (Human-plus) badge will be given to the attendees, plus a limited edition challenge coin for your collection!

Other inclusions will be posted as soon as we open the registration.

Rates and Registration
Human+ rates will cost a premium over the regular Human registration rates to cover your snacks, meals and your swab test kits. We will be announcing the exact registration rates in the next coming days.

Back-up plans  — Speakers will present their talks LIVE during the event but we require them to submit a recorded version of their talks just in case there will be last-minute restrictions from the government. In the event physical attendance does not push through, ROOTCON will be issuing a refund to our Human+ registrants. Details of the refund guidelines will be posted in the registration page.

We will be putting up an FAQ page specific to the hybrid setup of the conference as soon as we launch the ROOTCON 15 website.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone virtually and physically!

Keep safe!
-semprix

ROOTCON 15 Theme: Reboot
Posted on: 04.07.21

Last year was a turbulent ride, this year is a complex one, as we slowly recover from the pandemic it's time for a reboot.

This year's theme reading material is Reboot by Amy Tintera, the book presents an interesting mix of dystopian science fiction and horror elements.

Synopsis
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Plans in play
Here's what ROOTCON 15 will look like in different scenarios.

Physical + Social Distancing, this has a very low survey rate and will not be feasible this year to conduct a full physical conference.

Hybrid (Limited Physical + Virtual), we received very good numbers for this type of conference and we are leaning towards having a Hybrid Conference this year.

Full Virtual, this setup will be the same as last year, this will also be a fallback should there be changes in government guidelines when it comes to limited physical conferences.

Date
September 30 and October 1, 2021

Recovery Mode Archives NOW LIVE
Posted on: 10.16.20

Slide-decks are now available for downloads, for the tracks videos we are currently working on it's post-processing and will be uploading to our Youtube channel soon. Check back later for updates.

Checkout the Recovery Mode Archives.

Opening Keynote: Casey Ellis
Posted on: 10.8.20



The Unlikely Romance: Part 2 - Now What?

We did it! After 30 years of tireless and largely thankless education, research, blood/sweat/tears, and legal threats, the world is finally starting to understand that hackers can be "locksmiths" and aren't necessarily "burglars". Better still, dogs and cats have found a way to get along and security experts have a seat at the table to help keep businesses their users safe and prosperous. We've slain the dragon, and can now ride off into the sunset... Right? Not quite. Now that we have the world's attention, what are we going to say? How do we say it? As a community, now what? This talk goes through the history of how the cybersecurity industry got the place it is today, the opportunity that exists for hackers all around the world, and the things we'll need to figure out in order to take advantage of it to continue to do those crazy things we do and make the world a safer place in the process.

Car Hacking Village Talks Now Live
Posted on: 09.06.20

ROOTCON Car Hacking Village is organized by the Car Hacking Village and blessed by the elders of the main CHV community: https:// www.carhackingvillage.com/about.

The CHV PH share the same primary goal of the Car Hacking Village which is to "build a community around discovering weaknesses and exposing vulnerabilities that could significantly impact the safety and security of all drivers and passengers on the road today".

Talks
Car Hacking Village PH 101
You Are Also A Car Mechanic
A Modern Day of Tweaking Your Ride
The Tale of Two Benches

CTF Quals Concluded
Posted on: 09.23.20

ROOTCON Recovery Mode Capture The Flag Qualifier round has been concluded.


Top 3
TheGenerals with 1900 points
FACBois with 950 points
Novice with 850 points

Finalist
툴롱 주세요
MI
Hakdogzz
giddsec
Kaizen
Anjing
Goblok

Congratulations to the teams that made it to the finals. ROOTCON Recovery Mode CTF Finals will be held on October 8, 9, and 10.

Car Hacking Village Talks Now Live
Posted on: 09.06.20

ROOTCON Car Hacking Village is organized by the Car Hacking Village and blessed by the elders of the main CHV community: https:// www.carhackingvillage.com/about.

The CHV PH share the same primary goal of the Car Hacking Village which is to "build a community around discovering weaknesses and exposing vulnerabilities that could significantly impact the safety and security of all drivers and passengers on the road today".

Talks
Car Hacking Village PH 101
You Are Also A Car Mechanic
A Modern Day of Tweaking Your Ride
The Tale of Two Benches

Capture the Flag Quals
Posted on: 09.13.20

This year, we will be conducting two phases of the CTF--the qualifiers and the finals. In which only one winning team will be declared the ROOTCON14 CTF: Recovery Mode Champions and will be awarded the coveted ROOTCON Black Badge.

More details...

Car Hacking Village Talks Now Live
Posted on: 09.06.20

ROOTCON Car Hacking Village is organized by the Car Hacking Village and blessed by the elders of the main CHV community: https:// www.carhackingvillage.com/about.

The CHV PH share the same primary goal of the Car Hacking Village which is to "build a community around discovering weaknesses and exposing vulnerabilities that could significantly impact the safety and security of all drivers and passengers on the road today".

Talks
Car Hacking Village PH 101
You Are Also A Car Mechanic
A Modern Day of Tweaking Your Ride
The Tale of Two Benches

Final Round of Talks!
Posted on: 08.20.20

2 wires and 2 wheels: Bikes can do CAN too

A deeper diving on shellcode...

Automating Threat Hunting on the Dark Web and other nitty-gritty things

Discover vulnerabilities with CodeQL

From an 'IVI in a box' to a 'CAR in a box'

High Value Adversary Emulation through Purple Team and the C2 Matrix

Inside the Mind of a Threat Actor: Beyond Pentesting

Payload delivery for initial access in Adversary Simulation exercise

Pursuing Evasive Custom Command & Control (C3)

Zero Trust in the Era of Cloud

You may check out complete list of talks for ROOTCON Recovery Mode.

Recovery Mode Swags
Posted on: 08.18.20

ROOTCON 14 Slash - we are supposed to have our 14th iteration of ROOTCON this year, but due to the Covid19 pandemic we had to slash RC14 and switch to Recovery Mode.

Recovery Mode Official - Our official recovery mode t-shirt.

Hack-At-Home - companies are starting to work from home due to the pandemic and that doesn't separate us InfoSec people and hackers, we should stay at home and hack.

More details on Pre-orders

Recovery Mode First Round of Talks
Posted on: 08.03.20

The long wait is over! First round of talks for ROOTCON Recovery Mode Edition is now up!

Blockchain Based OT Monitoring Solution (BBOTMS)

Cracking Financial Systems

Hackers Don't Wear Black Hoodies, They Wear Capes

I've Injected a DLL - You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

Offensive Embedded Exploitation : Getting hands dirty with IOT/Embedded Device Security Testing

Quark Engine - An Obfuscation-Neglect Android Malware Scoring System

Recovery Mode Keynote
Posted on: 08.03.20

Casey Ellis
Casey is the Chairman, Founder and CTO of Bugcrowd. He is an 18 year veteran of information security, servicing clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations as a pentester, security and risk consultant and solutions architect, then most recently as a career entrepreneur. Casey pioneered the Crowdsourced Security as a Service model launching the first bug bounty programs on the Bugcrowd platform in 2012, and co-founded the disclose.io vulnerability disclosure standardization project in 2016. A proud ex-pat of Sydney, Australia, Casey lives with his wife and two kids in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is happy as long as he is pursuing potential.

Randolph Barr
Head of Product Security at Zoom & Contributor CISO Council for Zoom. Bug Bounty Program, Application Security, Technical Security. Most recently, Barr served as CISO at Topia, overseeing security for the company’s global cloud-based platform.

As the former CISO at Aryaka Networks, Saba, the Talent Development company, Barr created the company's global security program from the ground up. Prior to Saba, Barr held CISO positions at leading cloud companies including ServiceSource, Qualys, Yodlee and WebEx Communications.

Breaking News: RC Recovery Mode
Posted on: 08.03.20

One of the challenges mentioned in my previous post was THE OUTBREAK. Since March 26, we are closely monitoring the Covid19 pandemic situation both locally and internationally, after the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) has been lifted the number of cases in the Philippines shoots-up, this could be an early warning that we will be going back to ECQ anytime or in between ROOTCON 14 planning.

At this time everything is just so uncertain, it makes planning very difficult. Travel restriction could vary from one country to another, hotels and bars are still closed or only caters a specific number of people. Furthermore we don't want to risk the health safety of our crew, speakers, sponsors, and attendees.

Like most other hacking conferences, ROOTCON 14 will be entering Recovery Mode, you may call it a Limited Edition as this is the first time in the history of ROOTCON that we will be hosting the full event virtually. We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

Stay tuned for more ROOTCON Recovery Mode announcements. In the mean time Call for Papers and Call For Sponsors are still on-going.

All the best,
-semprix