DEFCON 201 Online Meet Up — January 2021 — Halt & Catch Fire

DCG 201
8 min readJan 12, 2021


Date: January 15th, Friday

Time: 5:30 PM EST — ???




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Welcome to the January 2021 DEFCON 201 Meet Up!

So uh…normally we summarize what has been going on so far this month in the lead up to our meet up but…do we even have to? Have you been online? Have you seen the news? Where were you when domestic terrorist try to hijack the country to keep a celebrity politician in power? Have you seen the rising COVID-19 death toll? Did you get your dick stolen by IoT devices?

We are sadly past the 7-day trial for 2021 and are unable to get a refund so…fuck it!

Today’s meet up like most of 2021 will be some short-formed but packed to the buffer with hacker AF talks leading to an open forum on Big Blue Button so all you 0days and packets can chat with us!

Plus, this will be the first time we will be LIVE Streaming to PeerTube via Diode.Zone for those who want a decentralized, advertisement-less open source non DMCA riddled indie platform to watch the New Jersey madness!

All activities, chats, talks, workshops and DC 201 insanity will be broadcasted online via our LIVE STREAMS per the new normal!

Live Streams:







If you like to do a talk at our meet ups our collaborate with our staff and members in a project partnership shoot us a email at:



5:30pm — 5:55pm
PRE SHOW :: Don’t Be a Sucker — United States Department of War (1943)
5:55pm — 6:00pm
DEFCON 201 Announcements
6:00pm — 6:30pm
From The Current State of DevOops — Tillie Kottmann
6:30pm — 7:00pm
Internals of Conti Ransomware — 0xNikhilRathor
7:00pm — 7:30pm
Privacy After The Insurrection — Albert Fox Cahn
7:30pm — 8:00pm
Cooking Out Of The Frying Pan with 1A Snake Oil — Sidepocket
8:00pm — ???
Open Workshops: DEFCON 201 Show & Tell + Games + Hangout


DC201 Hacker Show & Tell— Everyone
Folding@Home VS Coronavirus (Team: 241960) — GI Jack, Everyone
Among Us — Everyone


PRE SHOW: Don’t Be a Sucker (1943)

:..>Our PRE-SHOW will a public domain short film that is even more relative now than it was back then. Don’t Be a Sucker is a short film produced by the United States Department of War released in 1943, and adapted as a slightly shorter version in 1947. It has anti-racist and anti-fascist themes, and was made to educate viewers about prejudice and discrimination. An American Freemason who has been listening to a racist and bigoted rabble-rouser, who is preaching hate speech against ethnic and religious minorities and immigrants, is warned off by a naturalized Hungarian immigrant, possibly a Holocaust survivor or escapee, who explains to him how such rhetoric and demagoguery allowed the Nazis to rise to power in Weimar Germany, and warns Americans not to fall for similar demagoguery propagated by American racists and bigots.

From The Current State of DevOops

:..>A short overview on how source code and secrets can often be extracted from the most popular DevOps tools, followed by some details around recent leaks, how they were acquired and what you can find in them.

:..>Bio: Tillie Kottmann is a software developer and leaker from Switzerland, known from some high profile leaks such as Intel, Daimler and most recently Nissan.

Update (3/24/2021): DEFCON 201 had Tillie Kottmann as a speaking guest. There is no data in the talk on step by step instructions on how one directly hacks or breaks into secured data, only the results and the overall vague weaknesses for purely Computer Security Educational purposes only. This was done as a journalistic endeavor to look into how online data leaks happen. DCG 201 had no relation or involvement with Tillie Kottmann operations and methodologies in hacking data before, during our after this stream. We also have had no direct contact with Tillie Kottmann since this broadcast. We are keeping this video up for Educational and Archive purposes.

Internals of Conti Ransomware

:..>Since the samples of “Conti Ransom” were available from August and from there development of “Conti” Ransom has gone further as from the version 1 to version 2 and version 3 phase recently. Whereas the infections of “Conti Ransom” had increased in past few months. Mainly the Trick Bot crime group is being dropping Conti Ransom in the Powershell Empire campaign originated from the Trick Bot stealthy targeting. This talk will be dissecting this ransomware from writing the logic bomb in the macros of the office docs to the loading the malicious payload/executable execs run32dll.exe being deployed for the triage of targeted machine

:..>Bio: Nikhil Rathor is a Security Researcher & Reverse Engineer from India and is passionate about malware analysis and threat intelligence.

Privacy After The Insurrection

:..>In the aftermath of last week’s horrific attack on the Capitol, new questions are being raised about the role of surveillance in identifying insurrectionists and responding toe right-wing violence. S.T.O.P.’s Albert Fox Cahn will discuss the dangers of expanding surveillance in these challenging times.

:.>Bio: Albert Fox Cahn is the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project’s ( S.T.O.P.’s) founder and executive director, a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at N.Y.U. School of Law, a member of the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology, and a columnist for Gotham Gazette. As a lawyer, technologist, writer, and interfaith activist, Mr. Cahn began S.T.O.P. in the belief that emerging surveillance technologies pose an unprecedented threat to civil rights and the promise of a free society.

Mr. Cahn is a frequent commentator on civil rights, privacy, and technology matters and a contributor to numerous publications, including the New York Times, Slate, NBC Think, Newsweek, and the N.Y. Daily News. and he has lectured and presented his research at numerous universities including Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, Columbia University, and Dartmouth College. Mr. Cahn previously served as legal director for a statewide civil rights organization, and as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he advised Fortune 50 companies on technology policy, antitrust law, and consumer privacy.

In addition to his work at S.T.O.P., Mr. Cahn serves on the New York Immigration Coalition’s Immigrant Leaders Council, the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund’s Advisory Council, and is an editorial board member for the Anthem Ethics of Personal Data Collection. Mr. Cahn received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School (where he was an editor of the Harvard Law & Policy Review), and his B.A. in Politics and Philosophy from Brandeis University.

Cooking Out Of The Frying Pan with 1A Snake Oil

:..>Where there is a disaster in the making, there will always be grifters lined up to profit off of it under the guise of remedying the problem. After the hillarious banning of Donal Trump’s Twitter Account and the take down of the accidental honey pot Parler, we at DEFCON 201 have received tons of requests of alternative services. Sadly, many of these, such as Gab and Dissenter are not only the antithesis of Free Speech and privacy but are also coded like shit. In this quick PSA, Sidepocket will go over these bad services past and present, present a methodology on how to identify a good or bad service and highlight some actual alternatives that will help make a more balanced internet.

:.>Bio: A Co-Founder of DEFCON 201, an open group for hacker workshop projects in North East New Jersey, Sidepocket is constantly wanting to help people to get better at whatever they want to do and learn. He also has a history with NYC 2600, Radio Statler at Hackers on Planet Earth, Phone Losers of America, Museum of Urban Reclaim Spaces and The Yes Men. Find out more about DEFCON 201 at:


DEFCON 201 Hacker Show & Tell

:..>After our lightning talks DEFCON 201 members will be given an opportunity to show off the various projects that they have been working on. You can join in any time as we chat and some things we might be showing off for the first time so you don’t want to miss this on the LIVE Stream!

To get the URL and Password for the group hang out, pay attention to our Twitter or sign up on Meet Up!

:..>What You’ll Need: If you want to get in on the action, just bring any hardware or software program you are working on. For hardware, make sure you have a camera with decent resolution. For software, make sure your screen sharing function is working. For interaction, make sure you have your microphone on your computer or headset in working order.

Folding@Home VS Coronavirus

:..>Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. Currently F@h is simulating the dynamics of COVID-19 proteins to hunt for new therapeutic opportunities. We want to contribute and you can help! Join the DEFCON 201 Folding@Home Team: 241960

:..>What You’ll Need: Download and run Folding@home for Windows/Mac/Linux/FreeBSD, ideally on your highest performance system with a GPU and join our F@h Team 241960:


During our stream, we will be playing the hit game Among Us with the DEF CON audience! Watch the stream to find out how to join.


The game takes place in a space-themed setting, in which players each take on one of two roles, most being Crewmates, and a predetermined number being Impostors. The goal of the Crewmates is to identify the Impostors, eliminate them, and complete tasks around the map; the Impostors’ goal is to covertly sabotage and kill the Crewmates before they complete all of their tasks. Players suspected to be Impostors may be eliminated via a plurality vote, which any player may initiate by calling an emergency meeting (except during a crisis) or reporting a dead body. Crewmates win if all Impostors are eliminated or all tasks are completed whereas Impostors win if there is an equal number of Impostors and Crewmates, or if a critical sabotage goes unresolved.




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