Thursday, May 13th – 6:12pm @ Virtual

Written by  on May 2, 2021

Hey Hack Fam.

We’re back for another Virtual Edition of DC612. This months featured speaker comes to us all the way from across the pond.

Gem Hill (@Gem_HIll) is a software tester by day, and is passionate about self care and mental health. She runs SelfCare Backpack in her spare time ( and develops tools, resources, and talks on Self Care and wellbeing.

Self care can be tough when:

  • your normal routines are unavailable
  • you may not have the time/space/mental energy
  • we’re living in ‘interesting times’

As well as a reminder of what self care is and why it’s important, this talk will also share some tips and reminders on how to fit self care around your life and circumstances.

Same Cyberspace channel!

See you There!

-Kat @NightmareJS

Thursday, April 8th – 6:12pm @ Virtual

Written by  on April 5, 2021

Hello Hackers!

This month we are happy to have @grnbeltwarrior speak on red team phishing operations:

Where is the Red Team? There’s a sign here that reads: Gone Phishing. I am aiming to cover some ground on what is phishing. A brief inventory of what you can have in your tackle-box. OSINT for phishing, OPSEC considerations, seeding and paying attention to details can clue you into combining technologies to get a user to click.

As usual these days of Covid, we will be meeting online at

See you there!

— TactiFail

Thursday, April 1th [sic] – 6:13PM [sic] @ Virtual

Written by  on March 30, 2021

Hello, Hackers!

This month, we are excited to have not one, but TWO meetings scheduled! The normal “second Thursday” meeting will be on April 8th as usual, and details will be posted in a separate update, but we have a special Totally Serious meeting this Thursday, April the First, at 6:13 PM (6:12 PM had a scheduling conflict) as well!.

We will have three speakers, each presenting a short 10-minute talk on a topic of their choice. This is ground-breaking research, and we are proud to be able to share it with you. The speaker deck includes:

  • “Cyber Meteorology: Cloud to Lake and back again…” An unclassified DoD briefing on the Data Water Cycle and its threats and opportunities. – @hackermatic
  • “C aF*@!” The cipher everyone is using and you didn’t know it – @435ftw
  • “Modernizing the pathos of the software development life cycle to adhere to post pandemic mental health” – @strongthany_

Possibly not in that order, but we’ll see (our PRNG is a bit wonky lately). Either way, very excited to see you all this Thursday, April 1th [sic].

As usual these days of Covid and ships getting stuck sideways in the Suez Canal, we will be meeting online at

— TactiFail

Thursday, March 11th – 6:12pm @ Virtual

Written by  on March 1, 2021

Hello Hackers!

This month we are happy to have Chris Weiland speak on “Hacking Local Politics”:

As the lines between technology and society become blurred (or even non-existent), it’s becoming increasingly important for those with technical expertise to become involved in government. Anyone can show up to a local council meeting or send an email to their congresswomen, but if your goal is to be a truly effective activist you need to be strategic.

Chris Weiland is a freelance nerd and the co-chair of Restore the Fourth Minnesota. He has been engaged with various political projects over the years, most recently playing an active role in the push for a ban of face recognition technology in the city of Minneapolis. In this talk he will discuss the lessons he has learned over years of local political activism, and how you can transfer technical expertise into effective political action. 

As usual these days of Covid, we will be meeting online at

— TactiFail

Thursday, February 11th – 6:12pm @ Virtual

Written by  on February 3, 2021

Hello hackers!

This month we are happy to have Colin Lee speak on “Your Code Security Blanket”:

Colin is an Android software developer at He has evaluated code security while working at Amazon and Mozilla and as an independent contractor for banks and other organizations. In that time, he’s caught numerous security flaws in production code.

Amazon keeps a tight lid on their security processes. They even run an internal conference designed to look and feel like Defcon for their employees, so very few attend the real event.

We’ll examine how Amazon reviews their corporate code for security flaws. Also, we’ll see how several high profile security incidents were caused by common coding errors.

As usual these days of Covid, we will be meeting online at

— TactiFail