I told staff to stay home today and watch #31c3 videos...

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Rift Recon

….and you should too!

For those of you not in the know, the #31c3 conference known as the 31st Chaos Communication Congress is hosted by the oldest hacking group in Germany the CCC (Chaos Computer Club). I myself have almost attended every winter for the last 10 years but had to skip this year because of work and personal commitments.

Regardless of not being in person, myself and peers alike have had a grand time keeping in the loop because of the fantastic video streaming service they host here: http://streaming.media.ccc.de/ check out ReLive for the talks that just finished.

This year #31c3 has a great selection of speakers and researchers covering topics relevant to journalists, activists, businesses, and individuals alike.

Here is the schedule of talks:


All I’ll say is at least watch SS7: Locate. Track. Manipulate. by Tobias Engel


Thunderstrike: EFI bootkits for Apple Macbooks. by Trammell Hudson

They’ll give you shivers and excite you at the same time to see that proper hacking is still done today.

Lastly, If you have any questions about how these attacks may affect you and your organizations specifically or about anything else at #31c3 this year, we’re happy to help answer any questions. Drop us a line at [email protected]

We’ll post a follow up regarding talks that Rift staff really thought really stood out in the near future.

- Eric Michaud

CEO/Founder at Rift Recon

Posted in 31c3, Chaos Communication Congress, Chaos Computer Club, Hacking, Hamburg

Rift Recon now accepts Bitcoin as payment for products! #bitcoin @bitpay

Posted on November 26, 2013 by

On Sunday Rift Recon quietly began testing our online store to be able to accept Bitcoin payments for our products. On Monday, after stress testing our payment system backend and shopping cart, we announced on the Rift Recon Twitter account that we’re now taking Bitcoin payments worldwide to the countries we ship to.

Currently those countries are:

United State


United Kingdom








If you want to know more about Bitcoin, watch the quick video below.

If your curious how we do transactions with Bitpay, watch this video too.

Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.

We’re very excited to be able to offer Bitcoin to our customers and the feedback we have already received is great. Going forward into the new year, we’re also testing the ability to allow customers to pay for our services in Bitcoin too. Stay tuned.

-Rift Recon Team

Posted in bitcoin, bitpay, hacking


Posted on July 08, 2013 by Shopify API


As we draw closer to the official launch of Rift Recon on July 27th, staff here at Rift have been discussing which written resources we utilize in our daily work to get the job done. From that conversation, we drew up an initial list - and then realized that our readers, friends and clients might like to see it. We hope that by sharing our list, you’ll find the books and other resources we recommend as useful as we have.

Here we present, for your edification and inspiration - Rift’s page of recommended Books, Journals, and Other Resources. This page is a continuously growing list curated by Rift Recon staff, and we’ll be sure to post here when we add new items.

We at Rift Recon strongly believe that inspiration doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and sharing knowledge only increases our wider community’s overall wealth of knowledge - and this, in turn, ultimately benefits all of us. We hope you enjoy this list. If you have questions, or want to make suggestions for us to review and add, don’t hesitate to email us: [email protected]

-Eric Michaud

CEO & Founder

Posted in Books, Education, Electronics, Engineering, Hacking, Journals, Lockpicking, Safe Cracking