RFidler Moving Out of Pre-Sale, Now Shipping!


An exciting announcement from Rift Recon: While we’re journeying back to the West Coast after an incredibly successful New York City edition of “The Art of Escape”, we are pleased to announce that our fulfillment center has just received its first batch of RFidlers (RFID Low-frequency Emulator & Readers) from Aperture Labs! That means that this incredible product will officially move out of its current pre-sale status and be available to ship upon ordering!

Read more about the RFidler HERE, and stay tuned for an upcoming blog on CEO Eric Michaud and lead trainer Brian O’Shea’s experiences running our largest, most complex urban survival training in The Big Apple!

Great Art of Escape NYC TV coverage: Five seats added

On the night before Art of Escape NYC, we were interviewed and featured on one of NYC’s biggest local TV stations and the nightly news.


Ayana Harry interviewed Eric Michaud about our first NYC class and asked great questions about who takes Art of Escape, and why. We were especially entertained to see the station use clips from our video - and shots of actor Liam Neeson from the film “Taken.”

To meet demand, we now have five additional seats for Art of Escape NYC: Sign up here.

If you want to sign up at the last minute (class starts at 9AM in the Financial District), call us at 415.795.3402 and find out if you can jump the waiting list.




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RFIDler To Be Exclusively Distributed By Rift Recon


Introducing the brand new RFIDler by Aperture Labs, now available for pre-sale!

Rift Recon is thrilled to be the exclusive online distributor of the RFIDler (RFID Low-frequency Emulator & Reader), an open platform RFID reader/writer/emulator that can operate in the 125-134 KHz range. A complex, essential implement for any pentester’s tool kit, it can be used for many other purposes, adding unique functionality to certain projects.

Today marks the start of our pre-sale period, while official sales and shipments will begin September 1st. Don’t delay! Click HERE for more information, as well as to place your order!

We want to thank you


While many of Rift Recon’s staff served at various levels of military, law enforcement and first responder fields, we know there’s no such thing as a former serviceperson.

Starting today, and with our NYC Art Of Escape training on August 28, Rift Recon extends a variety of discounts to all public trainings — just for those who know what it means to serve.

For Art Of Escape NYC, all 9/11 first responders receive a significant discount for the training.

Please email training@riftrecon.com for verification info and details.

Find out more about the training at: Art of Escape: NYC

Best Regards,

-Eric Michaud

CEO & Founder

                                                     CEO Eric Michaud Defuses “The Box”

Rift Recon CEO Eric Michaud took some time to partake in one of his friend’s new games, “The Box,” at the 22nd Annual DEFCON in Las Vegas this past weekend.

"The Box is a mini-contest hosted inside the Defcon 22 Tamper-Evident Village. The premise is simple: defuse a bomb! Make a mistake and get blown up. Don’t worry, you can respawn at the back of the line. The Box is an extremely realistic EOD challenge that will test your skills against a variety of traps, alarms, and tamper-evident sensors…”

- “The Box” D22 Tamper Challenge Competition Page

- Arianna Travaglini

Executive Assistant at Rift Recon

ExploitHub and Rift Recon Announce an Expansion of Hardware Offerings


It was just last year that the companies joined in a strategic global partnership with a goal to expand the marketplace to include hardware and firmware markets. Now, the marketplace has expanded access to high quality hardware products like the GoodFet42, the bladeRF, and the Open Access Raspberry Pi kit.

“ExploitHub has always been a free and open marketplace for software security such as exploits, utilities, and Metasploit modules,” remarked Dustin D. Trammell, CEO of ExploitHub, “But why does this have to be limited to software only? Last year, we added a small amount of physical and hardware products, and this year, we look forward to greatly expanding those offerings.”…

Read the full press release HERE.

Rift Recon is blogging live from DEFCON! From now until Sunday August 17th, enjoy 15% off all store merchandise with the discount code “defcon22”! Happy hacking!

- Arianna Travaglini

Executive Assistant at Rift Recon



"They came as targets, but they left as hard targets."

- Rift Recon Trainer Brian O’Shea

Rift Recon’s Art of Escape trainings are notorious for cramming boatloads of vital information into two full days of coursework, followed by an entire day of practical field application. The challenge of succeeding comes predominantly through mastering the sheer volume of material. So what happens when you only have 24 hours to absorb, apply, and come out on top of the entire course?

Nine participants in a corporate training in Los Angeles on June 28th got to find out. The group consisted of business professionals from an array of backgrounds: finance, advertising, aerospace, and the tech industry among them.

Lead Trainer and Rift Recon CEO Eric Michaud noted, “It was a very sharp, deeply motivated group  - lots of Type A personalities. Their enthusiasm and focus certainly helped them conquer the compressed nature of the course.”


To accommodate the 24 hour window, Michaud and Assisting Trainer Brian O’Shea collapsed the curriculum into three modules: lockpicking, escaping restraints, and a new module called “The Art of the Con,” which combines social engineering and evasion techniques. Michaud and O’Shea then thrust the students into a high-intensity kidnapping simulation, where they had to escape their captors and rendezvous at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater, evading abduction and garnering multiple disguises along the way. Once at the Theater, students had to deftly employ social engineering tactics to engage and gain the trust of the locals, including the costumed actors performing in front of the Theater.  They were tasked with getting them to “break character” and divulge their “secret identity”, aka personal information about their lives. Armed with this information, the students could then report back to Michaud and O’Shea and cross the proverbial finish line, and the trainers were thrilled to report that each participant excelled.

"It was rewarding for us as instructors to watch a very talented and competent group of people who are already wildly successful open themselves up to learning new skills and new challenges,” remarked O’Shea, “[The Art of Escape] taught them how to manage captivity, how to evade aggressors, and how to elicit valuable information from total strangers. Those skills could save their lives as well as save their businesses.”

“I’m really excited to see people taking both their personal and general security into their own hands,” said Michaud, “And I’m glad that Rift Recon can equip them with the tools to do so.

- Arianna Travaglini

Executive Assistant at Rift Recon



Sunday July 27th marks the annual San Francisco Marathon, where thousands of runners pound pavement around a loop course through the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. Some runners race competitively; others make the trek more casually alongside friends and family. Many participants, like Rift Recon CEO Eric Michaud, fundraise as they train in preparation for the big day, donating all the money raised to a worthy cause. In this case the worthy cause is The Trevor Project, a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization .

Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is the only national organization providing suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in crisis. The Trevor Project serves more than 100,000 LGBTQ youth every year with their life-saving programs that include the Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, Ask Trevor and TrevorSpace.


“Suicide is a heartbreaking consequence of coming out [as LGBTQ] at a young age, and it’s very much underreported,” says Michaud. In fact, lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are more than four times more likely than their straight peers to attempt suicide, and youth who are questioning their sexual orientation are three times more likely. “I wanted to do my small part by bringing more visibility to the issue, as well as ensure that the funds raised were going to directly impact dynamic advocacy and education initiatives.”

So far Eric has raised $660 out of his $1,000 goal, and there’s still time to show your support! Making a donation is fast, easy and secure, and no donation is too small - just click HERE. You can also help Eric reach Rift’s donation goal by sharing this page on Facebook or Twitter, or by emailing this page to anyone who might want to help.

For more information on the San Francisco Marathon, visit www.thesfmarathon.com.

For more information on the Trevor Project, visit www.thetrevorproject.org.

- Arianna Travaglini

Executive Assistant at Rift Recon

Strategic Cyber Intelligence on the Darknet: What you don’t know can hurt you


Rift Recon’s Darknet Research Team work to increase the security posture and awareness of our clients in matters related to Darknet information. Our team specializes in strategic Darknet cyber-intel, specifically in the arena of search.

Google (and other search engines) removes results to illegal sites, and this is a double-edged sword for our clients. For instance, this practice reduces the ability for you to find out that someone stole or leaked your Social Security Number on a carding forum or a pastebin-like site: in this climate, only the bad guys know where to go.

With permission from a current client, our researchers are able to share an alarming discovery that doesn’t come up in standard search engines, and reveals that what we don’t know can most certainly hurt us.

In the course of Rift’s engagement, we encountered the present-day PII (Personally Identifiable Information) of various Twitter founders, and its current CEO. The .onion site hosting the sensitive information explains that the posting has been done as retribution for the closing of a Twitter account.

These are redacted screenshots showing the Social Security Numbers and home addresses (as well as previous addresses) as discovered by Rift Recon:





Background: About Tor Hidden Services

As take downs of carding sites and other information portals has become routine for search engines, the admins and copycats have been quick to move onto the TOR Hidden Services also known as .onion (“dot-onion”) sites.

Tor makes it possible for users to hide their locations while offering various kinds of services, such as web publishing, or an instant messaging server. Using Tor “rendezvous points,” other Tor users can connect to these hidden services, each without knowing the other’s network identity. This hidden service functionality allows Tor users to set up a website where people publish material without worrying about censorship. No one is able to determine who might be offering the site, and those running the site wouldn’t know who was posting to it.

The Darknet adds layers of complexity to anything related to discovery. It’s actually a variety different software/hardware platforms which provide a another layer that Google may not be indexing (or if it’s through sites like onion.to or tor2web, it will index very deep, and move on). These come in a variety of flavors such as open or closed (meaning you’d have to know someone), point to point VPN tunnels, and onion-style routing like TOR and I2P.

The Darknet is vast, and growth is explosive. There is no exact number of sites in operation, or way to obtain a correct total (and this is by design). Even still, in the last six months various entities claim estimates of the .onion address space to range from 80,000 to 400,000-600,000 (sites). Meanwhile, the TOR Project estimates potentially around 2.5 million users of the service. One certainty is that as of this writing, there are 5336 Tor Routers with which to mask one’s identity.

Rift’s Darknet Research Team specializes in resolving issues related to information on the Darknet. Contact us.

-Rift Recon

Press: press@riftrecon.com

Client inquiries: info@riftrecon.com

Rift Recon contacted Twitter prior to publication of this post.

A Great First Year, A Thank You, a Gift, and a Product Upgrade


It seems like just yesterday that we launched, but, unbelievably, it’s almost been a full year. We’ve grown exponentially since we filed in May of last year and our official start in July 2013, going from zero customers to over two thousand of them, and there have been a lot of changes.

We moved our fulfillment center from a remote space in Arizona to our home turf in San Francisco, and this has allowed us tighter control over orders, increased efficiency in processing and shipping, and a more comprehensive understanding of our client base. In doing this we’ve been able to reduce shipping times provide better customer support.

Additionally we’re now doing custom software & hardware development in conjunction with facilitating public and private trainings, consulting, developing innovative products, and maintaining an influential presence at international conferences and consortium’s.

However, along with the changes came lots of growing pains, and we are so incredibly grateful to our customers for their patience with and commitment to our company throughout the year. We feel very fortunate to be a part of a community that continues to provide us with comprehensive, constructive feedback on how we can do things better.

As a way of saying “thank you”, existing customers can use the discount code we are sending by email (contact us if you miss it) to receive 15% off anything in our store till July 3rd. New customers, we appreciate you too! You can enjoy 10% off by using the code BYPLONULD3JY.


Finally, after a brief hiatus, we’re thrilled to announce that our signature Red Team Pro Kits and upgraded Red Team Pro Mini Kits (which now fit up to 13” laptops) are back on sale by popular demand! Get your hands on the kit that everyone is talking about. It’s absolutely essential for physical assessment and penetration test needs, and is equipped for use by the beginner auditor to the seasoned professional. Bulk volume purchasing discounts available by emailing sales@riftrecon.com!

-Rift Recon Team

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