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New backend. Who dis?

By root, on 2018-05-01 12:00:00 -0400 EDT



Aaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnd the new backend is setup!

We will have the old site up for posterity soon.


Malicious access point workshop

By ML, on 2018-04-20 10:00:00 -0400 EDT





Saturday April 28th 2018 @ 12:00

Goals:
Learn how to setup a wifi access point to eavesdrop on traffic and launch man in the middle attacks on wifi devices.

Secondary goal is to learn how to intercept communications between mobile applications and their manufacturers and third parties.

References:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/citizen-lab-sandvine-report-turkey-egypt-spyware-ads-1.4568717
https://privacylab.yale.edu/press/android-trackers

Subjects covered

  • Creation of a malicious access point with hostapd
  • Firewall configuration with iptables
  • Wireshark basics
  • Man in the middle with owasp zap, mitmf and similar tools
  • Loading system certificates in android (root access required)

And, as a bonus, a test run of my talk about blackbear ssh (fork of openssh to get reverse ssh shells) that I am scheduled to give at nsec.


Hack the System - Screening of Trouble #8

By foulab, on 2017-12-02 00:00:00 -0500 EST





Saturday December 9th 2017 @ 19:00

Join us for a screening of the season finale of “Trouble” and “the very muthalovin’ best of the stimulator” and stay for an end of year party with DJ Morgan Peni and the stimulator.

Pay What You Can - No one turned away for lack of money.

Every day, more and more of our activities and communications take place online. We’ve become addicted to connectivity. To constant access to an endless catalogue of information, entertainment and engagement, all available at the click of a button. The Internet has become deeply ingrained into all facets of our lives, to the point where it often seems like a neutral appendage to reality itself – a “digital commons” where billions of global citizens hold the keys to a vast, decentralized, library of human knowledge.

But in reality, the Internet is far from neutral… and it’s certainly not a commons. The server farms and fiber optic cables that make up the Internet’s physical infrastructure are increasingly owned, operated and controlled by a small handful of incredibly powerful corpo rations. Social Media platforms have become sites of mass indoctrination and anchors of social control. Liberal democratic societies are under attack from Russian trolls. We are at the dawn of a new era in history, in which states wage covert and perpetual cyber warfare against one another, with real world consequences that are hidden and unknown.

Many of us choose to avoid these harsh truths, pleading ignorance of how technology works, and gladly immersing ourselves in the spectacle that it creates. But there are also those who are inexorably drawn to seeking out a better understanding of how the complex mechanics of power operate in our digital age… and how that power might be harnessed for our own ends.

In this month’s episode of Trouble, sub.Media talks to a number of hackers and digital security experts, as they share their experiences and offer tips on how to best to navigate the battleground of the Internet.


Machine Learning Wednesdays

By strawdog, on 2016-12-18 15:00:00 -0500 EST





Is there anyone who doesn’t love machine learning?

Perhaps, but they are probably not reading this website anyway!

In September 2016, a Deep Learning School was held at Stanford, and they generously posted their lectures online. Starting in 2017, once a week for 6 weeks we will get together at Foulab to watch and discuss the course presentations.

All are welcome to come and simply listen to the lectures, but bringing a laptop and getting into the math after the video is highly encouraged.

The schedule is subject to adaptation, but currently we plan to watch two lectures per evening, in the order they were originally presented.

Update: Here is a useful playlist of the lectures.

Vegetarian chili will be available for a small donation.

Now with a facebook event you can sign up to!

Machine learning Wednesdays will start on Jan 11, 2017. To avoid a time conflict with the excellent meetup group Papers We Love, we will take a break on the last Wednesday of each month. Thus the schedule is 19:00-22:00-Jan 11, Jan 18, Feb 1, 8, 15, March 1.


Crypto Anarchy - Episode 0x00

By Danukeru, on 2016-12-07 08:00:00 -0500 EST





Sunday December 18th 2016 @ 13:30

In this first edition of our new crypto anarchy series, we will talk about distributed online systems and homomorphic encryption. A key emphasis will be placed on online voting, and why it is not as hard a problem to implement securely with recent advances in crypto over the last 2 decades.

This will be a high level introduction to the subject with an emphasis on the engineering challenges of such a system. We will also show how a similar system is used at foulab to provide a reasonable degree of anonymized access control to the hackerspace.

A quick overview of a number of defensive crypto engineering design choices will also be looked at.


Bike Workshop

By tailor_dresden, on 2016-11-10 00:00:00 -0500 EST





Sunday November 12th 2016 @ 11:00

This weekend we will be holding a bike maintenance workshop!

The workshop will happen in two parts.

Part one will include:

  • Replacing and lubricating the chain
  • Bottom bracket maintenance,disassembling and lubricating
  • Replacing the front ring gear, inspecting rear gear, and replacing if needed.
  • Brake maintenance, cleaning calipers, bleeding hydraulic system (calipers,hoses & levers).

Part two will be on rear hub maintenance. Part 1 and part 2 will each take 4 hours for a total of 8 hours. Suggested donation of 25$.

Bring your bike and see you Saturday!


Build your own Light-Theremin with Moldover on Nov 8th!

By foulab, on 2016-11-07 10:00:00 -0500 EST





Come build your own Light-Theremin with Moldover on November 8th @ 18:30

In this basic soldering workshop, Moldover will take you through the steps to build your own Light-Theremin CD case. Even if you’ve never soldered before, this workshop will give you the confidence in two hours. If you do have experience you’ll learn how to solder better, and walk away with a fun and unique instrument, plus a copy of Moldover’s album.

No experience required

No equipment required: soldering stations & Light Theremin kits provided

This is an all ages, hands-on workshop.

Cost: $40 for kit/materials
Can’t afford a kit, but seriously dedicated to learning? Talk to us!
Space is limited, please come early.

After the workshop Moldover will give a presentation on the design of The Light-Theremin CD Case, and his other circuit-board artworks.

Approximately 2 hours for the workshop, another 45 minutes for the presentation.

About the artist
“A musician at heart, inventor born of curiosity, and innovator by necessity, I believe the world calls him the ‘Godfather of Controllerism’ for damned good reasons”. -John Tackett, Crowd Wire

Historically there are only a handful of artists who have pushed the limits both with their music and with the instruments of its creation. What Bach was to the keyboard, what Hendrix was to the guitar, this is what Moldover is to the controller. Disillusioned with “press play DJs”, fans from all walks are drawn to Moldover shows, eager to witness electronic music’s return to virtuosity, improvisation, and emotional authenticity. Dig deeper into Moldover’s work and you’ll uncover a subversive cultural icon who has redefined physical media with his Instrument-Albums, revolutionized musical collaboration with his custom Jamboxes, and is inspiring an entire generation of forward thinking music-makers by openly sharing his methods and madness.


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