Crypto Parties at SYN Shop

May 2015 Agenda

Discussions and Presentations (~1 hour)
  1. Topic 1: Operational Security (OPSEC)
  2. Topic 2: Encrypted File Storage
Tool Demo (~15 minutes)
  1. 7ZIP for encrypting Files in transit.
Tool Sharing and Networking (~45 minutes)
  1. Share cryptography tools, and hang out with other interested peoples.

Previous Topics

March 2015
Topic A: Free and Open Source Operating Systems
#What is Open Source
#What are the advantages. Vs. Windows
  1. KUbuntu Linux Overview
Topic B: Securely Moving files over a network
  1. Encrypting and Transmitting in Clear text
  2. SFTP / SSH
Tool Demo (~15 minutes hour)
#Bit torrent Sync.
Tool Sharing and Networking

January 2015
Network Security Overview
  1. VPNs
  2. VPNs Vs. TOR
  3. Encryption and Network. interaction.
Protecting yourself with your browser
  1. Certificate inspection!
  2. HTTPS Everywhere. - https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere(external link)
  3. Consider Disabling Java in the Browser
  4. Adblocker
    1. Chrome, Firefox, mobile - https://adblockplus.org/(external link)
    2. Chrome Only - https://getadblock.com/(external link)
  5. Script blocker
    1. Mozilla Only - https://noscript.net/(external link)
    2. Chrome only - https://code.google.com/p/scriptno/(external link)
    3. Internet Explorer Process...
      1. block active scripting in the Internet Zone.
      2. Now set the Trusted Sites Zone to at least a Medium-High security setting and add your trusted sites to Trusted Sites.
      3. In addition to allowing scripting only on approved sites
  6. Do not Track
    1. Chrome - http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-enable-chromes-do-not-track-option/(external link)
    2. Firefox - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/dnt/(external link)
    3. Internet Explorer - http://ie.microsoft.com/Testdrive/Browser/DoNotTrack/Default.html(external link)
#BlockEmail Tracking "callbacks" an embeded pixel-sized images or similar (added 3-23-2015, after this topic was covered)
## Chrome Only - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/uglyemail/ldgiafaliifpknmgofiifianlnbgflgj(external link)
  1. TOR BRowser Bundle - https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en(external link)
Tool Demo
  • Keepass!

November 2014
  2. Anonymous Currency / BITCOIN
For a review, see this great Talk at DEFCON 22 (2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To5yarfAg_E(external link)


- Information Security Handbook for Journalists... (or ... anyone, really)
http://www.tcij.org/resources/handbooks/infosec(external link)

- A more comprehensive list of suggested Privacy tools than below...
https://www.cryptoparty.in/overview_tools(external link)

- True Crypt, Encryption tool for entire hard drives, portable file stores
Unfortunately Discontinued - this is the last usable version. the version available from truecrypt.org just unencrypts previous versions' files. Version 7.1 - last version before they discontinued it. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1547381/TrueCrypt%20Setup%207.1a.exe(external link)
(would love mirrors for this!)

- Cipher shed, Encryption tool
Replaces True crypt.. eventually... Pre-alpha testing build posted in December, 2014.
https://ciphershed.org/pre-alpha-testing-started/(external link)

- KEEPass, Password encryption tool.
http://keepass.info/(external link)

- TOR, Privacy focused traffic obscuring network.
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en(external link)

- TOR BRowser Bundle, Privacy focused browser setup.
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en(external link)

- TAILS Privacy focused light-weight operating system
https://tails.boum.org/(external link)

- Ubuntu, Open Source Operating system.
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop(external link)
**For easiest transition from Windows, you may prefer KUBUNTU, a slightly different flavor:
http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu(external link)