Red teamers arrested conducting a penetration test | Cyber Work Podcast

The story of today’s guests is ripped straight from the headlines. Gary DeMercurio and Justin Wynn, both of the company Coalfire, were arrested at the Dallas County Courthouse while doing red team pentesting for the State of Iowa’s judicial branch. Their story is fascinating, and they discuss that fateful night as well as ways in which similar incidents could be avoided in the future. You can’t be too timid as a red teamer, they say. "If you’re bragging as a red teamer about how you’ve never been caught, you’re not pushing the operation as far as you should. You SHOULD be caught sometimes."

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Gary DeMercurio runs one of the largest groups in Coalfire Labs as a Senior Manager working with technologies every day. His expertise focuses on social engineering, physical testing and network devices. At Coalfire, Gary manages day-to-day business involved with FedRAMP, PCI, HIPPA and penetration testing, while helping to spearhead the physical and social engineering portion of testing.

As a Senior Security Consultant, Justin Wynn is responsible for actively compromising and reporting on virtual environments typically encountered at Fortune 500 companies. Justin performs wireless, physical, red team and social engineering engagements. Justin also conducts research to include the production of open-source models for printing/milling to aid in red team engagements, with specific regard to tool gaps in the locksport industry as well as master keys for access control/elevator overrides. Currently, Justin is researching security vulnerabilities in various RFID devices.

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