Snicker the ache away with 2015's greatest infosec memes

Laugh the pain away with 2015's best infosec memes

As you may guess, infosec memes aren’t as simple as Pizza Rat or Left Shark. That is as a result of more often than not they run on one half inside jokes and two elements hacker historical past. They’re often technical, they usually talk an intimate information of the sluggish-roasted ranges of hell solely understood by an info safety skilled.

Lately, infosec coughed up two notably transcendent and painfully hilarious memes.

Higher name Serge

When shady and reviled Italian surveillance malware vendor Hacking Workforce acquired hacked and doxed in July 2015, its emails have been made public. Many emails stood out for egregious wrongdoing. However one trade particularly from January a few product demo revealed the malware firm to have an almost-comedic degree of reckless incompetency — which is why it turned infosec’s favourite meme of 2015.

Hacking Group had assured potential shoppers that its surveillance malware was undetectable … however throughout Lorenzo Invernizzi’s stay demo of an “invisibility check” to show it, “an AVG popup warned a few trojan detection” on the display. Invernizzi wrote in his publish-demo e mail, “I closed the popup in time” whereas Serge Woon, who on the time was answerable for Hacking Workforce’s pre-gross sales, distracted the shoppers from wanting on the display.

This was after the demo had already gotten off to a nasty begin. The very first thing Hacking Staff’s supposedly stealthy malware did was freeze the client’s pc. Fortunately, Invernizzi tried turning it on and off once more, saying he then ran a silent installer “whereas Serge was distracting the client.”

#yourboyserge and his demo monkey /c @thegrugq

— Marc Smeets (@mramsmeets) December 6, 2015

However wait, there’s extra. In the identical assembly, Hacking Staff’s demo of one other “invisibility check” failed as his firm’s illicit spy ware was “detected at every logon and at every synchronization” by Norton Antivirus. His boy Serge should have been training his bare juggling expertise at that time, as a result of Invernizzi wrote that the client “obtained distracted by Serge, whereas I added the scout to the Norton’s whitelist.”

When #YourBoySerge picks the outfits for the seller assembly. Cc @thegrugq

— Nigel Tolley (@discreetsecure) August 12, 2015

Instantly after the e-mail surfaced, “Your Boy Serge” turned shorthand on Twitter for the man whose job it was to save lots of your bacon, as a result of he’d shoot bottle rockets out his butt if it meant he might distract individuals from seeing your failures.

When #YourBoySerge has a smoke break in the midst of the “cyber threats” demo.

— the grugq (@thegrugq) September 25, 2015

#YourBoySerge was quickly appended to each .jpg and .gif synonymous with somebody screaming LOOK SHINY whereas one thing went horribly mistaken within the enterprise of hacking — particularly if the picture topics are in twinsies-type matching outfits. Alive and nicely after 5 months, the #YourBoySerge meme has began to cross over into non-IT humor … and let’s simply hope that each the legend, and the person, aren’t forgotten.

When #YourBoySerge tells you he laughs at #YourBoySerge

— the grugq (@thegrugq) December 29, 2015

A cyberthreat in your butt

The annual RSA convention, attended by a mixture of presidency and enterprise safety professionals, is usually the place new cyber-menace corporations attempt to make a splashy debut. However final April, nobody anticipated Threatbutt. Parodying each inch of the already-farcical cybersecurity panorama, Threatbutt promised “most safety from threatening threaty threats” and gleefully mocked just about everybody and every part angling to make a buck off “cyber”.

With a razor-sharp wit and hack-savvy sarcasm that comes solely from individuals who dwell within the trenches of infosec, Threatbutt sized up an business that had taken itself so significantly it was in peril of turning into a parody of itself.

RT @RSAsecurity: “Not all crap is created equal. Uncover @Threatbutt‘s RAD menace-y stuff:

— Threatbutt (@threatbutt) April 27, 2015

“By leveraging our patented Clown Strike know-how we’re capable of harness the uncooked energy of personal, hybrid, public and cumulus cloud system to deliver Viking grade menace intelligence to any enterprise.

Our international platform, hosted in China, is ready to detect all native attackers, APT, and even Superior APT Threats, coming from nations you “heard as soon as in some report” have been dangerous. We assure our attribution is correct as we paid for the costlier MaxMinds GeoIP database, so can pin-level any IoC to a extra particular a part of Iran, China or North Korea, or no matter your CEO wants.

We do not depend on drained, outdated lists of IoCs, we wrote our personal, groundbreaking, Huge Knowledge backed Sticking-a-pin-in-map-of-about-eight-nations platform. Which blows away the competitors at only a fraction extra of the worth.”

Promoting itself as a worldwide menace detection platform with mysterious merchandise in everlasting personal beta, Threatbutt tweeted its presence on the convention whereas making liberal use of on-the-scene photographs. Notably, the corporate photoshopped its emblem and product pictures into convention stills to domesticate a picture of hitting the large time … Sorta.

Very honored that @joshcorman talked about us in his #RSAC speak! #appsec #owasp #cybersecurity #RSAC2015 @iamthecavalry

— Threatbutt (@threatbutt) April 23, 2015

RT @RSAConference: “Now on the keynote stage at #RSAC: @AmitCATech of @CASecurity” – one other AWESOME Threatbutt nod!

— Threatbutt (@threatbutt) April 24, 2015

Cease by our #RSAC sales space to study extra about Threatbutt & get a complicated peak at our upcoming API! #cybersecurity

— Threatbutt (@threatbutt) April 22, 2015

The dry-as-mud RSA convention by no means knew what hit it. Threatbutt bragged about profitable the (nonexistent) Greatest RSA Vendor Award. It quickly introduced its personal bug bounty, launched a knowledge visualization referred to as the Threatbutt Web Hacking Assault Attribution Map (or Viking Pew Pew Map), and bragged about its new, “needlessly verbose” enterprise suite. Threatbutt was an on the spot hit, and stickers of its barely NSFW emblem — a mascot named “APTy” — began to seem round totally different hacker scenes on laptops and hacker gear. Threatbutt was an prompt hit that turned synonymous with simply how impossibly dumb cybersecurity corporations’ self-styled mythologies are.

North Korean cyber hacking thwarted by @threatbutt. Kim Jong-un isn’t amused. #APT

— Dave (@empiricalerror) April 27, 2015

As America’s hacker convention season continued, Threatbutt’s reputation grew as its “product attain” expanded. Which means, the identical emblem and product photographs have been added to pictures of vendor cubicles and t-shirts at Black Hat and DEFCON, and shared on Twitter for max lulz.

Maybe it was only a matter of time earlier than the “threaty menace” firm received its first business endorsement. Vulnerability administration and bug bounty platform HackerOne’s Chief Coverage Officer sports activities a Threatbutt sticker on her telephone with a wink and a nudge. The place some cybersecurity corporations have accountable disclosure insurance policies, HackerOne has included the Threatbutt Irresponsible Disclosure Coverage on its web site.

“Following the current unpleasantries with our roughly close to equal peer, FireEye, Threatbutt want to make its place murky clear on its safety posture and the way it cooperates with safety researchers.

Threatbutt inc takes all reviews of safety points comically and we do our greatest to share them round quite a few IRC backchannels for all of us to have a giggle at. We consider within the following hilarious irresponsible disclosure coverage, assuming you possibly can’t promote your bug to the very best bidder in Italy until they use PGP.”

Like all good memes and parodies, the magic of Threatbutt is spreading in sudden methods. Now on CrunchBase, its profile explains, “Threatbutt leverages their patented Clown Strike know-how to harness the uncooked energy of personal, hybrid, public and cumulus cloud system to convey Viking grade menace intelligence to any enterprise.”

Threatbutt exhibits no indicators of slowing down. It seems like RSA 2016 higher put seat belts on its vendor tables as a result of Threatbutt may give it the journey of its life.

RT @Invincea: “Attend #RSAC 2016 for A BUNCH OF MONEY! Use promo code THREATBUTT16 to get a traditional expo-solely cross”

— Threatbutt (@threatbutt) December 7, 2015

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