Lilly Chalupowski's Journey Into Malware Analysis

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About The Guest:
Lilly Chalupowski, also known as Cerberus, is a malware reverse engineer specializing in criminal malware. She has extensive experience in analyzing various malware families and has developed open-source projects to aid in the detection and extraction of intelligence from malware. Lilly is also a talented musician and often incorporates guitar playing into her live Twitch streams.

Lilly Chalupowski shares her inspiring hacker origin story, from starting out in computer science to pursuing a degree in music and facing financial hardships. She discusses the importance of having a healthy relationship with failure and the value of continuous learning and practice. Lilly also provides valuable advice for aspiring malware analysts, emphasizing the significance of creating a portfolio and actively participating in the cybersecurity community.

Key Takeaways:

  • Don't be afraid of failure; view it as a normal part of the learning process.
  • Dedicate time each day to practice and improve your skills, even if it's just half an hour.
  • Establish a portfolio to showcase your work and value to potential employers.
  • Attend local cybersecurity meetups and network with professionals in the field.
  • Create a virtual machine and practice analyzing malware samples from open-source resources.


  • "Be okay with failure and if you enjoy it, keep doing it and you'll improve over time."
  • "Half an hour to an hour a day, put it on your calendar and make time for what you're passionate about."
  • "Your value is showcased through your output, not just a resume."
  • "You have nothing to lose by applying; what's the worst thing they can tell you? No."
  • "VMs are literally the gateway drug to malware analysis."

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