[builds-list] 0xBU Security CTF Team Fall 2016 Information

Eugene Kolo eugenek at bu.edu
Sun Aug 28 11:38:00 EDT 2016

Hello hack3rs,

Hopefully everyone had a great summer, and is at least somewhat excited to
return back to school. I apologize for this somewhat long email going out
to two lists, but this is the best way to reach everyone involved.


0xBU <http://0xbu.com/> will be continuing this semester! For those
unfamiliar, 0xBU is a practical cybersecurity club that revolves around
learning through hands on activities, such as reverse engineering, digital
forensics, patching of vulnerable systems, applied cryptography, and
exploitation of systems. Our primary vehicle to these interests is
through Capture
The Flag (CTF) competitions <https://ctftime.org/ctf-wtf/> and through war
games <http://overthewire.org/wargames/>.

In the Spring 2016 semester we participated in ~10 CTFs
<https://ctftime.org/team/22064>, and were variously ranked top 10 to 20 in
the USA. We’d like to make that top 10 in the world this semester. If
you’re interested in participating, or at the very least learning, then
please join us this semester. To keep track of us, please use our website,
https://0xbu.com and our mailing list
http://cs-mailman.bu.edu/mailman/listinfo/builds-list. We typically are
either holding a workshop <https://github.com/0xBU/workshops>, or
participating in a CTF. We meet in the BUILDS room, 111 Cummington Mall,
Room B26.

There will be a few changes this semester:


   Our meeting time will now be every Saturday at 12PM (Noon) to 2PM.
   Before we met at 7PM on Thursdays, and this caused some students to not be
   able to attend, due to late classes, and other club commitments.

   Our focus, and main goal, will be competing (and winning!) in CTF
   competitions. This is also in line with our meeting time change - most
   CTFs run through the weekends.

   Our mail list will be merged with builds, builds-list at cs.bu.edu.
   Maintaining the old mailing list has proven to be cumbersome. We’ll
   continue using both for a while though.

   Our main form of team communication will be 0xbu.slack.com. Previously
   we used IRC, which some members are more comfortable with, however requires
   a special client, and does not support many “modern” expectations such as
   automatic logging. Whereas Slack requires no special client, handles
   logging for you, and is easily enhanced with fun modules.

We have prepared some exciting resources, including a Linux virtual machine
packed with hacking tools, exciting workshops, and we are working on
creating an internal to BU wargame/CTF platform.

Our first meeting of the semester will be Saturday, September 10th at 12PM
in 111 Cummington Mall, B26. It will revolve around a workshop of how to
reverse engineer different software registration, i.e. cracking.

The week after will be our first CTF participations, as two of the best
entry-level CTFs will be happening that weekend, September 16th.

Thank you,

Eugene Kolodenker

eugenek at bu.edu

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