Hacking by Numbers: Bootcamp Edition


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Hacking By Number Bootcamp Edition sits at the core of the HBN series. It’s a highly practical course that teaches method-based hacker thinking, skills and techniques. This course, offered for the fifth year now, continues to receive support and acclaim from all over the world.

At SensePost we believe that hacking is a way of thinking, and that this way of thinking can be taught. Combined with the correct tools and technical tradecraft hacking is developed into a predictable science. Hacking By Numbers Bootcamp Edition teaches a method-based approach to hacking into networks and systems over the Internet. The method taught consists of seven distinct phases that each have their own objectives, techniques and tools. Students are provided with fully-configured laptop computers that are used stage-for-stage to complete fifteen different technical exercises.

The course runs for two days during which the SensePost trainers will walk you, step-by-step, through real-life hacking attacks. We'll start by identifying the target systems, teach you how to breach the target perimeter, and demonstrate how to extend these attacks in order to completely compromise the internal networks.


SensePost will provide fully configured laptop computers as well as CDs with all the tools and materials used in the course. Students need to ensure they have the necessary level of skill. No hacking experience is required for this course, but a solid technical grounding is an absolute must. Students are expected to be versed in basic programming or scripting, networking and Internet technologies, ‘nix and Windows operating systems, basic SQL and database technologies. No advanced skills are required, but students without a good, practical knowledge of these areas will fall behind in this fast-paced class. Students without the requisite technical skills are encouraged to consider ‘Cadet Edition’. Cadet and Bootcamp Edition can be taken back-to-back.


This course follows directly on from ‘Cadet Edition’ and serves as a prerequisite for the ‘Combat Edition’. As always, the course can also be taken without any of the others. Bootcamp Edition can be taken back-to-back with either Cadet Edition (for beginners) or Combat Edition for more advanced students.

Who should attend

Information security officers, system and network administrators, security consultants, government agencies and other nice people will all benefit from the valuable insights provided by this class.

Free additional tools workshop:

After the first day of the course SensePost offers a free additional workshop on using their suite of hacking tools, including Wikto, Aura, Suru, Crowbar, BidiBLAH and others, copies of which will be distributed to all students. The tools workshop is open to all attendees of any SensePost course and run in the evening after training. Precise times and locations will be announced during the training courses.

Course Length:

Two days. All course materials, lunch and two coffee breaks will be provided. A Certificate of Completion will be offered.

What to bring

Just Yourself. All necessary equipment will be provided, including pre-configured laptops, tools and utilities.


Haroon Meer is currently SensePost's director of Development (and coffee drinking). He specializes in the research and development of new tools and techniques for network penetration and has released several tools, utilities and white-papers to the security community. He has been a guest speaker at many Security forums including the Black Hat Briefings. Haroon doesn't drink tea or smoke camels.

Charl van der Walt is a founding member of SensePost. He studied Computer Science at UNISA, Mathematics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and has a Diploma in Information Security from the Rand Afrikaans University. He is an accredited BS7799 Lead Auditor with the British Institute of Standards in London. Charl has a number of years experience in Information Security and has been involved in a number of prestigious security projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences nationwide and is regularly published on internationally recognized forums like SecurityFocus. Charl has a dog called Fish.

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