Ben Hawkes

IRL Name: 
Ben Hawkes

Ben Hawkes is a researcher, student, professional hacker and part-time industry philosophizer from New Zealand. Hawkes' interests are in reverse engineering, exploit development, and cryptography/mathematics. Hawkes is from a small but fearless younger generation of hackers, bringing an aggressive and technical style to security research. Ben has discovered dozens of serious vulnerabilities across a number of different software platforms (including Android, Linux, and Windows). He has regularly presented and published research focused on vulnerability analysis and software exploitation, such as novel heap exploitation techniques on Windows.


Modifying the LSB of a heap pointer and after freeing it, getting the heap address on a RtlAllocateHeap call was named the Ben Hawkes technique after he presented it at Ruxcon.

Founding member of Google's "Project Zero" security research team