CTF: Boston Key Party is coming up March 4th through 6th. https://ctftime.org/event/252
Blue Team Wednesday: Today at 6PM in ISA5021, we're going to be reviewing our performance at SECCDC Quals. We'll be going over what we could have done better during the competition, and the future direction of the Wednesday meetings. We'll be discussing the summer pre-college program, and opportunities for an expenses-paid trip to DEFCON 2016.
Watch this 2010 short doc about the Whitehatters! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvmaCNJnSZ8
Blue Team: Tonight at 6pm in CIS 1035, we're having our weekly Blue Team meeting. It's not too late to get involved! If you want to join the Linux team please bring Ubuntu 14.04 and CentOS 7 VMs. If you wanna join the Windows team bring a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM, which you can get through Dreamspark.
A couple of us from WCSC made it out to the third meeting of CigarCitySec last night. Hopefully it will continue to keep growing. Its a really awesome time to meet people in the Tampa security community. If you haven’t been yet come join us next month. Meeting dates are on the WCSC calander.
This Friday (January 23) in MSC 2703 at 5pm Whitehatters will start the first official meeting of the new Spring semester. I wanted to take some time to welcome new and past members who will be joining us.
If you have not already noticed the Whitehatters calendar has been updated and if you haven't subscribed now is a great time to do so. Whitehatters Calendar
Last week, Whitehatters competed in Ghosts In The Shellcode accomplishing some great work for our first CTF of the new year. Hopefully, we will have writeups of some of the challenges up soon.
This semester we have some great events planned out. USF Engineering Expo is coming up on February 13th and 14th and Whitehatters will be there once again. It will be exciting to show off our new demo this year related to cyber security. Of course, CTFs are important to the club and Whitehatters will be out in full force this semester competing in Boston Key Party, PlaidCTF, SECCDC, and several others before finishing out the semester with DEFCON 23 Quals.
If you haven't already, you should join the discussion with our several communication outlets including our...
IRC: irc.hackint.org/9999 #WCSC
Looking forward to a busy and awesome Spring semester.
See you all on Friday!
Hey y'all, we want a list of presentation topics, and we want to guage interest in those topics. There's a document here: http://goo.gl/mIiDH8, and it is editable by USF students. Feel free to add topics and comments (and state interest). And feel free to note if you'd like to do the talk! Please, don't abuse the document - an audit log is kept.
Welcome to the start of another semester! We have many things in store for the Fall, and we're excited to begin.
The first meeting is this Friday (September 5) from 5 - 7 pm (1700-1900) in room MSC 3708. Check out our calendar for the rest of the semester's schedule. Most of our meetings are in MSC 3705, but we have MSC 3708 when that room is unavailable - make sure to pay attention to the calendar and announcements!
Speaking of announcements, we have yet another method of communication now (besides twitter - @whitehatters, our mailing list, IRC, and our calendar)! Instead of using Canvas, USF is having student organizations use "BullSync" to manage members, meetings, info, etc. Here's our page in particular. Join the organization on that page if you want to be in the cool crowd.
Now, here's some things we have planned:
Weekly meetings. We'll be having meetings just about every week (Fridays at 1700). During those meetings, though, we'll be trying out a new format: a one hour talk for newer members, and an hour for a more advanced talk (I'd expect usually about binary exploitation). As always - we more than welcome anyone to come give talks!
Binary training. I'll be ramping up a binary exploitation training/education program to try to guide members new and old in becoming better at reverse engineering and exploitation. It would be most useful to join #WCSCbinary on the hackint IRC network.
CSAW Quals. CSAW Quals is coming up soon! September 19th to be exact. We have a tem - stay tuned for meeting time and location.
Well, that's all for now!
On August 7-10, a number of USF Whitehatters (current and alumni) made their way out to Las Vegas for the annual hacker conference known as Defcon. This was my 10th trip out there, and each time has been a unique and rewarding experience. As I said to someone, "I used to go for the talks. Now, I just go to talk to people."
I was impressed as always with our friends at LegitBS who ran the Defcon Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, complete with its own custom hardware badge hacking challenge and epic competition visualizations, not to mention the usual array of staggeringly clever binaries. I received a special CTF challenge coin that has gone onto the shelf of treasures in my office.
Speaking of badges, duck did a nice job of hacking up the Defcon badge with an IR diode from Fry's so that he could replay the signals from Goon and Uber badges; but the the real story behind the badge was a little more complex.
As usual, our team made it to the finals of Hacker Jeopardy!, and as usual, we came in second. We're getting to be known as the Buffalo Bills of Hacker J! ... bspar will probably not appreciate me mentioning this, but he earned an atomic wedgie after missing an alt-coin question. Despite a promise from the emcee, G. Mark Hardy, that this year's competition would reward knowledge over alcohol consumption, that was not really the case.
ninjafish and intrigue, not sure if you heard, but Jolly/Zelda & friends pulled off a Shmoocon/Defcon Hack Fortress 6-peat even without your Heavy and Pyro, respectively. Or is it Demoman and Spy? I can never remember.
I finally gave into the Pineapple craze and picked up one of the new Mark V's, even while @IHuntPineapples was popping shell on those unwise enough to fire up theirs at Defcon. I waited till I got home to update the firmware and have been having some fun with it. I'll do a demo at a WCSC meeting sometime.
Well, there were many, many other good memories from Defcon, but as they say: "What happens in Vegas ... ends up on Twitter."
After a long, exciting, and sleep deprived weekend, the competition was over. Many redbulls were consumed and many challenges were solved.
We managed to get 5th place for teams that qualified, 2nd place in the US for undergraduate teams and 25th overall. Since we did place in the top 10 for qualifying teams, we now advance to compete in the finals at NYU.
Scoreboard and challenge board:
Since the semester is now starting, we are looking for people who would be interested in giving a talk to the Whitehatters of USF. The talk could be about anything related to computer security and is not required to be an advanced topic. Whether you learned something interesting over the weekend, or if you worked on an interesting project, please feel free to share it at one of our meetings.
You do not have to be a student to give a talk, anyone is welcome.
If you'd like to give a talk, please fill out this form.
The end of the semester is finally here. Now it's time to relax, learn some new things, and finish up those projects we have shelved due to classes.
I'd like to make a few announcements for the summer. There are a few exciting events coming up including Defcon XI, Defcon qualifications, and Hack for Change. For those of you who don't know, the Hack for Change event is a programming hackathon where various companies and agencies provide raw data for you to use. It will be located in the ITT Tampa campus; more information is provided in the link.
We will continue to have our weekly meetings throughout the summer. You can track when the meetings will occur by viewing the calendar. There will also be 1-2 bootcamps this summer. The bootcamps are designed to hone your skills on a particular topic through a focused curriculum. They will most likely be throughout a weekend and will be posted in advance as to when they will occur.
If you would like to take a moment of your time and provide feedback to the club as well as request what topics you would like for the bootcamps, please take this survey.
Recently, the club has created a "mini-ctf" with various challenges. If you are new to the club and/or security field, these challenges are great for you as they are very beginner friendly. We wish to continue expanding the challenges located on the site as well as provide more difficult challenges. If you would like to provide additional content, please email me luke [at] whitehatters dot org.
More information on upcoming CTFs that the club will participate throughout the summer can be found here.
Have a wonderful summer!
Currently, the USF node of our IRC network is down. You can still connect to IRC using the round-robin address irc.hackint.org. Remember to connect via SSL on port 9999!
RuCTF is coming up this Friday, March 8 at 0900 EST and ends on March 10 at 0900 EST. Please come join us in the Success Center Conference Room in the KOPP Building this weekend to compete. This is an excellent opportunity for our newer members to get their feet wet and get some CTF experience. These events is where you learn the most, so please join us!
The new website is finally up!
More features will be added to the site as the year progresses.
Here are a few things that will be added soon:
If you are interested in helping out with the new website or have any ideas that could benefit the site, please contact me at luke [at] whitehatters dot org.