BSides ROC 5 – Follow Up

First off, I really wanted to thank everyone that stopped by to check out my talk. I think I finally understand how to properly use the microphone, and I apologize for anyone that had trouble hearing me. That being said, I ‘m posting below a number of references I’ve come across relating to helpful talks, […]

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Thoughts on ISTS 11

Somewhere around the middle December, I was asked by my coworker Anthony (@_s1lentjudge) if I wanted to participate in RIT SPARSA’s Information Security Talent Search (ISTS) competition, which I had heard of but wasn’t entirely familiar with. I agreed, and spent some time in January and February preparing. I wasn’t able to do as much […]

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Playfair Encryption/Decryption

I’m currently in the middle of a Grad course in Secure Protocols. In the first weeks of the course, we discussed a number of encryption methods used over the years to secure messages passed between entities. These included the Caesar Cipher, the Affine Caesar Cipher, The Hill Cipher, and the Playfair Cipher. Each of these were […]

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Fun With Crypto

In the aftermath of the PlaidCTF event, I realized that there were some pretty easy points that could have been achieved if I had a more solid understanding of crypto. So lately I’ve been focusing some of my free time getting more acquainted with it – learning it’s history (which is quite fascinating actually) and […]

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Plaid CTF 2013 cat_rar Write-up

This is my second challenge write-up related to this past weekend’s PlaidCTF event hosted by Plaid Parliament of Pwning (www.pwning.net) and will cover the forensics challenge “cat_rar”. cat_rar – 150 After playing around with the crypto challenges for far too long, I decided to switch and help out some of the other team members with the […]

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