Security Workshops

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In light of the orwellian nightmare we've built ourselves into, now is a good time for the CSClub to pick up the slack it usually picks and teach people how to be safe out there.


This information is fuzzy and subject to change. Do not trust it.

sharvey, m4, and nguenthe are adminning this term's series

Though the topics are diverse, the ones we will favour actually running are seminars that are short, to the point, and give a specific skill(set).

Note: might be worth organizing this better by theme -sharvey

  • sharvey on Why Should You Care About Security and Privacy
  • ?????? on Storytime: Snowden Roundup (sharvey might be able to get some people from CrySP to discuss this; perhaps a panel followed by a Q&A?)
  • ?????? on Storytime: Weev
  • ?????? on Storytime: Kevin Mitnick
  • nguenthe on OTR -- or IanG if we can get him!
  • ?????? on Time Machines (Google-hacking,, etc)
  • ?????? on Security Proofs: How Many Joules does the NSA Have?
  • ?????? on Full Disk Encryption (zablache maybe)
  • ?????? on SSH
  • Stephen Palmateer of KWLUG on Tor (vs i2p vs Freenet vs /r/darknet?)
  • yd2dong on Tunnelling, Mix Networks, and VPNs -- he's done original research on this area, would discuss censorship techniques (for example, DPI filters), how to defeat them, and significant additional hurdles for anti-censorship compared to simply protecting against eavesdropping. (live demos of blocking from China)
  • ?????? on Your Wifi Network is Insecure (cover: aircrack-ng and reaver. maybe nmap and metasploit)
  • Sean Howard on How your ISP owns you (UW grad, ex Watsfic president, currently working for, knows details of Bell's network infrastructure and where the chokepoints are)
  • The Canadian Cybersecurity Institute on Social Exploits (this person is via Sean Howard. Seems legit.)
  • nablack and sjcglads with a security demo + open ended question session
  • sjcglads on Secrets of a DDoS
  • wlritchi on Reversing SBeam and pnwing ur phone
  • mtrberzi on GPG, Keyservers, and You and with a keysigning party to boot
  • v2buterin on Bitcoin and Bitmessage (maybe? pretty please?)
  • IST Security:
  • Sapphyre?
  • Hatguy!
  • ?????? on Passwords (touch on security proofs, hashapass/pwdhash, alternatives to passwords (biometrics, one time pads, challenge-response, ssh keys), NOT SHARING YOUR DAMN PASSWORDS ACROSS SITES (cite: the ps3 attack, the [linkedin attack], the rockyou attack (super interesting analysis, myspace's hack, FaithWriters,'s attempt at better security that made it worse, the ....) and how to use jacktheripper/hashcat)
  • ?????? on Browser Fingerprinting
  • ?????? on Filesystem Forensics and the Dangers of Log-Structured Data Storage (live demo!) (zablache maybe)
  • ?????? on SSL: It's Broken
  • ?????? on Storytime: Exporting "Munitions"
  • ?????? on Stegonography (might be able to get sharvey's SO to cover this)
  • ?????? on Digital Watermarks
  • ?????? on Getting root in 5 minutes with physical access (cover how to boot single-user in all versions of Windows, OS X, Linux, and when that fails how to pull a drive and crack the password with l0phtcrack (Win32) or simply editing /etc/shadow (*nix). also the compressed air->frozen RAM and Firewire-DMA attacks)
  • ?????? on What is Identity (maybe toss this out to WPIRG?) with info on how sites and overlords (facebook, google) identify you, and how to split your identity digitally
  • ?????? on Physical Security (locks, safes, etc.)
  • ?????? on Crypto: terms, definitions, and why software still sucks
  • ?????? on Entropy and Randomness and why you shouldn't trust your router
  • ?????? on Network things (ARP, DNS, etc.)
  • ?????? on Side Channels (sharvey's SO will probably do this)

And remember kids, educational-use only

=Hand Outs

WPIRG cross promotion

WPIRG wants to cross-promote a "privacy forum" with us. They are imagining as an expert panel + QA session, during November. Probably the ideal distribution is csc events on the technical side ("how to shot pgp", "how to make tls go", "wat is passwurd") with WPIRG on the human-scale and politics side, with advertising to both of our cohorts for all events. Some ideas for expert participants:

  • Ian Goldberg (sharvey)
  • Michael Geist
  • (WPIRG has direct contacts with them)
  • Someone from WikiLeaks (we have direct contacts with them)
  • Anarchist Tech Support (latter group seems dormant)
  • Terry Labach (this sort of thing is, actually, directly within his job description)
  • Marlie Moxinspike
  • UofT Citizen Lab People

Related work and Telling Evidence

Related Work

EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense Guide

Pirate Party's EncryptEverything @ UofT

Ken Thompson - Reflections on Trusting Trust



3 Dead Trolls in a Baggie - The Privacy Song MC Frontalot - Secrets from the Future

XKCD: Security XKCD: Password Strength

Past by Term

Fall 2013