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How Do I Software Defined Radio Workshop

On Tuesday December 8th, we are inviting everyone to our next installment of the “How Do I Seminar Series.” This time, we will have Ryan Tucker talking about software-defined radios. SDRs are becoming cheaper and easier to use and it allows anyone interested to play with RF project. Here are a few examples:

  • Capture communications from things that are broadcasting like planes and trains
  • Learn how RF remote controls work
  • Listen in on communications to see if they are transmitting sensitive information

Want to attend? Here’s what you might want to bring:

  • OPTIONAL: Laptop for taking notes or playing with the tools
  • OPTIONAL: RTL-SDR if you already own one

If you are attending, please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect:


from on November 18th, 2015Comments0 Comments

How Do I… Burp Suite Web Proxy

We’ll be continuing our seminar series showing the basics of various tools for each of Interlock’s interest groups. In October, we’ll have our first How Do I (HDI) related to security — Burp Suite.

Burp Suite is an HTTP/HTTPS proxy tool that can help you better understand how a web application works. Designed for security, it allows anyone to man-in-the-middle(MITM) web traffic, learn how a web application works, and manipulate the traffic to see how the application responds. Uses include:

– debugging your web application to find why it doesn’t work
– identifying and exploiting security vulnerabilities
– using it to inspect mobile traffic
– answering the question … “I wonder how that works”

The seminar will start with a basic presentation about the Burp Suite tools which is provided free to download.[0] The class will walk through identifying vulnerabilities in a demo web site. All attendees are expected to bring a laptop (Linux, OSX, or Windows) or coordinate borrowing one before the workshop. If you have the ram to support it, it’s also recommended you run Vmware Player / Workstation / Fusion on your system.

If you’re interested, please RSVP on the meetup site below. As always, the workshop is open to the public for free. Please consider dropping a few dollars in the donation bucket.



from on October 1st, 2015Comments0 Comments

Flock to Fedora is this week!

As you might know, Interlock is pretty into the idea of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) and technology and when we heard that Fedora was planning their annual con, Flock To Fedora, here in Rochester, we were pretty excited. There are a ton different talks in various categories including Linux desktop, infrastructure, security, kernel, and hardware. Check out the schedule here:


There are also some side events happening like the GPG Key Signing event and amateur radio exam session. See you there!

from on August 10th, 2015Comments0 Comments