DC401 is the local Defcon Group for Rhode Island. DC401 is a gathering for folks interested in the alternate applications of modern technology, referred to properly as 'hacking'. DC401 is not intended to compete with any other computer group, such as Providence Geeks, 2600 or Linux User Groups, but rather to provide yet another gathering place for the discussion of technology and security topics. DC401 meetings are open to anyone, regardless of their skill, age, job, gender, etc. DC401 is here to help you learn new things, meet new people, mentor others in areas you may be strong in, and provide some cohesion within the hacker culture and it's members.

DC401 meets on the first wednesday of each month at AS220 Labs in Providence from 1830-2100. Presentations will start around 1900. Once we're done with presentations, we'll discuss current projects in a Hacker-safe atmosphere.


Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Oct 22
6:00 PM


An Evening with Congressman Jim Langevin

This will be the third time that we've had Congressman Jim Langevin come speak with us about issues he is working on with regard to information security and privacy. His is on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection and Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications. He also co-chairs the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus.
Please join us on October 22nd to meet with Congressman Langevin and talk with him about current issues in cybersecurity and privacy. This meeting is free and open to all!

Aug 21
6:30 PM


Recovering from Ransomware Apocalypse

With Michael Rossoni. Being a victim of ransomware is never fun, no matter how masochistic one may be. The recovery process should be as easy as restoring from backups and being back online within hours, but sometimes it isn't. When awesome security engineers and rock star IT professionals make up part of a small business, this recovery can require little effort. For a well established, large company, the process is more nuanced, especially when networking and infrastructure staff have ignored architecture changes suggested by information security over the years.

Come with us on a journey of one application security engineer and his efforts in helping a large company recover from ransomware apocalypse.

Mike's an electronics hobbyist, software hack, and certified application security professional (GWEB, CSSLP) who voids warranties and breaks things to figure out how to make them better. He's been in the software engineering business professionally in a variety of roles, including application security (secure SDLC, pen testing, etc.), network-enabled embedded systems development, QA, and full stack development for both on premise and SaaS based solutions. He also plays role of sysadmin when necessary.

Jun 16
9:00 AM


Social Engineering RI

• What we'll do
Posting this to both Meetup sites...I am organizing a first of its kind conference in RI, "Social Engineering RI" This is a one-day conference on June 16th, at Salve Regina University's Pell Center, with talks and activities focused on IT social engineering. Learning about phishing, vishing, pre-texting, physical bypasses and how to defend against these attacks. We will also have a panel with past winners of the Social Engineering CTF from DefCon and DerbyCon, to learn how they did it.
Get more information at: http://se-ri.org
Tickets are available at: https://socialengri.eventbrite.com

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Jan 18
6:00 PM


Hacker Show and Tell!

• What we'll do
Bring your toys! You have a 3D printer? Bring it! You have an RFID cloner? Bring it! You have WiFi antennas? Bring 'em! Let's show each other the tools you have and what kinds of things you like to do with them. We can spend the first 30 minutes setting up and then give everyone 5-10 mins to do a demo and then the rest of the time trying out each others stuff.

• What to bring
Your tools/toys! What do you like to work on, hack with or pull apart? Bring it!

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