Benjamin is a driven individual who enjoys reading and writing about the latest happenings in the infosec sphere. He loves the adrenaline rush when popping a root shell, decrypting a CTF flag, or when his code just works.
Benjamin has dabbled in IT for the past 10+ years. His foray started at the age of 15, when he learned PASCAL to write scripts for an online game. Thereafter he picked up web development. He worked on a number of CMS based freelance projects for small businesses and interest groups. He has also developed websites using frameworks such as CodeIgniter and Django as well as static site generators such as Pelican which is currently powering this site.
Benjamin graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems), specializing in Information Security. He has nurtured an interest in cybersecurity, working on personal projects such as cloning the NUS matric card and a windows utility for auditing TCP connections. He enjoys reading about the latest exploits and breaches, analysing them and writing about how they can be prevented or adapted for a slightly different purpose. He has written about adapting Burger King's TV advert to perform remote command execution and exploiting Facebook open graph tags for social engineering.
During his undergraduate tenure, he spent a semester overseas in Washington D.C. for a student exchange program and also completed a cybersecurity internship with the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva.
Upon graduation in 2015, he started his career as a Penetration Tester (Red Team) with the Ministry of Defence. He has subsequently held positions at Deutsche Bank and Booz Allen Hamilton and is currently an AVP with OCBC Bank. He has achieved the OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CPSA, CRT, GCFA and GREM certification. Outside of work, he has found vulnerabilities in open source web applications. Credited vulnerabilities include CVE-2017-14126 and CVE-2017-14766.
Benjamin is a great proponent of hacker culture, a subculture of individuals who enjoy the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming limitations of real world systems to achieve novel and clever feats with finesse. He believes in sharing, openness and freedom of information. He has worked on archiving notices in the Government Gazette and making these notices freely searchable by the public. Shortly after, the issue was raised in Parliament where the government announced the decision to make all publications in the Gazette freely available to the public.
In his free time, he loves thumping on the piano. He also volunteers as an adult leader with the Singapore Scout Association. He has developed an app which digitises information that is currently printed on handbooks.