Category Archives: Red Teaming

Part 1: Intro to Threat Hunting with Powershell Empire, Windows event logs, and Graylog

One of the biggest trends in infosec, besides the word cyber, is threat hunting. First, I want to start by defining threat hunting as the action of “investigation without cause” and this concept is nothing new. It’s been around for years but we didn’t have a catchy marketing term associated with it. In this post, I will breakdown the Sqrrl threat hunting model, Powershell Empire for adversary activity, and instructions on setting up Graylog for log aggregation and a search platform to perform threat hunting. Finally, I would like to point out all Ansible playbooks used in this post are publicly accessible on my Github page in a repo called “AgileFalcon“.

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Part 3: How to Red Team – Setting up a red team infrastructure

In this post I thought I would demonstrate how to setup an environment for a red teamer. PLEASE take this environment with a gain of salt because everyone will have a different setup!!! This guide is to show the basics and hopefully a template based on the Armitage/Cobalt Strike architecture. If your interested in the pinnacle of red team setups take a look at Alex Levinson’s post about the CCDC Red team or the blog Room 362 by Rob Fuller.

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Part 2: How to red team – Metasploit framework

In this post I am going to briefly cover the exploitation process with the  Metasploit framework. A framework is defined as a real or conceptual structure intended to serve as a support or guide for the building of something that expands the structure into something useful. The Metasploit framework allows red teamers to configure an exploit, choose a payload, an encoding technique to obfuscate the payload, and post-exploitation modules after access is gained. The next couple of sections are going to walk through the process of exploitation. I believe the Metasploit approach is a template to know because other frameworks and tools follow the same flow. Continue reading

Part 1: How to Red Team – Scanning and Enumeration

I have to be honest that my red team skills could use some improvement. I firmly believe that red teaming is a skill and a mindset that people have. I believe some people are naturally born with this mindset and others develop it, I am a developer :).Currently, I am aspiring to become an incident responder because the thrill of the hunt seems like A LOT of fun to me. But to be an effective incident responder I have to understand my adversary and their strategies.

This blog post series will include my approach of learning how to become a red teamer in a competition type of environment. Now my reasoning for this is because I have the ability to compete in multiple competitions as red teamer as a college student. Additionally, I hope to periodically return to these posts and update them with new tactics and tools that I find and use.

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