Melbourne Cryptoparty

The flesh and blood side of hacking. Cryptoparties would be even more interesting if they developed secret conlangs.

Data Management Group

Posted by Patrick Splawa-Neyman

On Tuesday 28 April 2015 I attended the Cryptoparty held at ThoughtWorks in Melbourne, Australia. For those of you who couldn’t make it I’ve summarised the key presentations and provided links to the presentations and presenters where available.


The night formally commenced when Tom Sulston from ThoughtWorks took the stage to start the night’s technical content, and teach us about Virtual Private Networks which make a secure connection over an insecure network such as the internet.

Summary:
• Data retention falls to your telecommunications provider.
• A VPN allows you to move data without your telco provider having access to the metadata.
• A simplified flowchart of accessing a website is this – user > access to the internet via Wi-Fi > goes through an ISP > over the internet > and connects to Amazon.com (in London).
• The problem with this common scenario is the…

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