Be in a Vegas music video

Apologies if you found the title of this post to be a bit click-baity. But bear with me, I’m pretty excited about this.

Next week is hacker summer camp aka Blackhat, Defcon, and BsidesLV in sunny Las Vegas.

I asked myself, other than the talks, the networking, and the things we won’t talk about – what else can one do with so many people in one place?

The answer is simple, we all get together and film a music video.

Knowing that almost everyone is a huge Nickleback fan, you’re almost guaranteed to be familiar with the song and music video for “Rockstar” where each line, or couple of lines are lip-synced to by different people.


And that’s pretty much the idea for this video. I’ll come along with my camera and lyrics and will be seeking willing volunteers to lip sync along to a couple of lines.

It’s intended to be a bit of fun – you don’t need to wear any face-paint or fancy outfits – just be prepared to mime along to the sounds of  “infosec rockstar”

Sample lyrics from the first couple of verses to give you a taste of what’s in store:

I’m through with standin’ in lines to talks I’ll never get in

Keep entering CTF’s but I’m never gonna win

This cyber hasn’t turned out

Quite the way I want it to be

(Tell me what you want)

I want a brand new SIEM correlating events

Forensic capture of all the packets

And threat intelligence

That’s useful to my boss and me

(Yeah, so what you need?)

I need shodan license that’s got no limit

And a virtual machine with a kali on it

Make plane fly sideways

At thirty-seven thousand feet

(Been there, done that)


If you’re interested in participating – you can find me at BSidesLV on Tuesday. You can also pop along and see my talk at 17:30 in the hire ground track.


Wednesday and Thursday I’ll be at Blackhat and will mainly be at the AlienVault booth. Unfortunately, I won’t be sticking around for Defcon this year though.

Hope to catch up with many of you fine folk in the mild warmth of Las Vegas!