Hacking Survival

Larry Pesce

Thu, 24th January 2013


Speaker Bio 1:
Larry is a Senior Security Consultant with NWN Corporation in Waltham, MA , performing penetration testing, wireless assessments and hardware hacking. Larry also co-hosts the PaulDotCom Security Weekly podcast and enjoys tinkering with all things electronic and wireless, much to the disappointment of his family, friends, and warranties! Larry is an Extra Class Amateur Radio operator (KB1TNF) and enjoys developing hardware and real-world challenges for the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Challenge.

Larry's presentation is a fascinating insight into a techie's approach to survival post-apocalypse - with tips, tricks and general excellent advice. Continue the discussion below and thanks for stopping by!

Questions and answers

Max, Concise Courses:
Survivalnerds.com, that’s your site right? Can you mention some other watering holes for viewers and people watching on the replay? Some other resources for people to ‘bone-up’ so to speak on this topic?

Larry Pesce:
Sure, survival nerds is a place where we post our tech things, it’s a slow start but we are getting there. Some of the other type of stuff that I like are survivalblog.org, fcc website and the American Radio Relay League can help you down the road to get your HAM radio licence and all the neat stuff that they do there. Pauldotcom Security Weekly, we do a pod cast on security stuff, we speak about embedded device hacking, you name it! Those are the big ones that come to the top of my head right now.


Max, Concise Courses:
Sounds good. A question came in here: are you concerned about X Class Solar Flares – they knock out satellites and also the Internet right? Or is the Internet shielded from X Class Flares?

Larry Pesce:
My understanding is that X Class Flares is that they are very similar to EMP type of attack similar [in the sense that] it takes energy and can potentially fry the internal circuitry. Very similar type of things – maybe more magnetic, so definitely a concern. We were actually having very high solar cycles this past summer, and all of my HAM EMP radio gear went into my cabinet when we had the predicted solar flare issues.


Max, Concise Courses:
Do you have a handle on whether the Chinese or the Iranians are as advanced with their preeping?

Larry Pesce:
I don’t know whether they are. Some of those cultures are used to doing ‘more with less’ so they already have a step up in the game. They have always been very concerned about whether they have extra food, it’s certainly a matter of culture, so, yeah i wouldn’t be surprised if [they are preparing].


Max, Concise Courses:
How far away are we from seeing the government jump-in and starting to co-ordinate a cyber response, almost like a cyber-FEMA?

Larry Pesce:
Cyber response, that is interesting. I honestly don’t know. When I did this presentation at hackercon in West Virginia, there were some very good folks dealing with that type of stuff. It is really in its’ infancy from a first responder perspective. I have seen some talk from some folks from first responders in Europe looking to utilize home routers to flip a switch to instantly turn them into a MESH network so that they can get access to that type of stuff; more in support of their own goals as to potentially doing some ‘response and rebuild.’

Certainly the US military is definitely entrenched in that type of stuff, that’s what they do.