Flying a Cylon Raider

November 18, 2015

In Season 1, Episode 5 of Battlestar Galactica, Lieutenant Kara Thrace finds herself marooned on a barren planet with a crashed Cylon Raider. To get home, Lieutenant Thrace has to apply her knowledge of flight fundamentals to control the strange platform and pilot it back to safety.

And, so it goes with hacking. You don’t always get to choose your tools. In mature environments, the combination of defenses and analysts you’re working against will dictate which tools you can use.

When your favorite toolset is taken away from you, how do you operate?

Recently, I had a chance to discuss this question with the audience at the SANS Hackfest in Washington, DC. That talk, Flying a Cylon Raider, is a guide on how to take your knowledge of Meterpreter and apply it to other toolsets.

I’ve re-recorded the presentation. Here it is:


  1. Loving the videos recently mate! Keep them coming.

  2. I agree with the above comment. I know how much hard work you must put into the videos and this blog, but they’re now a primary source of learning and have catapulted me into a new realm and way of thinking.

    So, a HUGE thank you from me.

  3. Raffi’s blog is the gold mine of adversary simulation tactics and methods. Unbelievabe.
    I find this particular post very important regarding looking beyond “vanilla pentest” horizon…

  4. Mudge – it’s insane how much content you put out of such high quality man. The community owes you big time. Keep it up!

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