Who are you?
Hello brothers and sisters.
My name is maderas, and I have adored your community from afar for awhile. There seems to be a great combination of technical proficiency and civility here. I have yet to officially join any online community; I was so impressed by all of you that I thought I would contribute.
I work in InfoSec/NetSec as a Senior Technical Engineer, kind of a resident hacker position (pentesting, vulnerability assessments, consulting, etc.). I have also worked as a freelance pentester, bug hunter, junior net/sys admin and Network Security Analyst.
I have worked/interviewed with some huge companies. For you younger folks looking to enter the InfoSec/NetSec industry, please feel free to ask me as many questions you like.
I am quite busy and may not get to answering right away, but I will answer you.
How'd you find us?
I lurked null-byte and Hackers Arise for a long time. When I was doing some google fu after OTW left null-byte, I stumbled upon this site. Some of the users of null-byte corresponded with this site in my search, so I decided to take a look.
I look at a community for months/years before I ever open my mouth through my fingertips.
How long have you been interested in computers/infosec?
For years. I am part of that generation where computers were still prohibitively expensive. I don't know if latter generations know how lucky they are. We live in a time where a device with 2gb of ram can be had for under $100.
I was that kid who wanted to play with DOS rather than play Arkanoid. I wanted to be a hacker my entire life. When I read ESR's and The Mentor's treaties on our tribe, I was hooked.
I have been called a hacker by more senior members of our tribe, but I am still not comfortable calling myself such. I did not do so until the latter occurred.
Professionally, I have been working in InfoSec/Netsec since late 2010. Most of that has been pentesting.
Do you program, and if so, what languages do you use?
Sorry, I botched the original format for questions. Yes, but not as strongly as I would like (but I work on this daily). I am most proficient with Python. I know enough about some other languages to get exploits to do what I need (C, ASM, Perl, Java). If you consider Bash or the varieties of SQL a language, I am proficient with those as well.
I am working hard to be a better programmer. It is probably the weakest part of my game. I am especially interested in gaining greater proficiency with low level languages (C, ASM).
Exploit Development is my ultimate goal. I prefer network exploitation over exploitation of web apps, wireless tech, etc (though I have done a good amount of exploiting both of the latter).
I am a Linux lover, though I do most of my work in/with Microsoft networks (especially advising on efficient , better security through changes to Local/Domain policies, changes to GPO objects, etc.)
Thank you everyone.