Based in San Francisco, Ben Actis is currently a Sr. Security Research Engineer Synack by day and at night moonlights as the owner of Cyber Merchants of Death. He specializing in Mobile & IoT Security, as well as reverse engineering. Prior to to his current roles, Ben worked a combined 6 years at Lookout and MITRE in various roles with focuses on research & response, mobile reverse engineering and network analytics – most famous for his primary research surrounding shedun/humming bad and xcode ghost. Ben has also taught introductory college courses, such as “Intro to x86-64” and “Flow Analysis & Network Hunting” – both available on When not reversing or participating in bug bounty programs, you’ll find Ben searching for Pokemon, takin Krav Maga, and trolling on Twitter and Slack channels.

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