Friday, October 7th Meeting

Meeting location has changed to:

7625 S Howell Ave
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Here’s a photo of the building exterior

7625 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154

7625 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154

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Thanks to DW5304 for the venue

Hackers assemble!

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BarCamp Milwaukee 11

BarCampMilwaukee 11
Milwaukee, WI
For the eleventh consecutive year, BarCampMilwaukee is returning the first weekend in October. CESI will host the event. Doors open at 9:00 AM, Saturday October 1st.
A BarCamp is a wholly unique event that provides a free, open-environment forum where the participants are in charge of what happens. It is an interactive conversation where professionals and curious alike come to learn, teach, and imagine. This revolutionary “unconference” allows participants to float from one session to another, and encourages the development of interesting ideas and spontaneous discussion. Since the first BarCamp in the US eleven years ago, hundreds of BarCamps have been organized throughout the world.
Throughout BarCampMilwaukee’s eleventh year run, participants have been involved in a wide array of session topics ranging from:
Software Development: Ruby on Rails, Drupal, and JavaScript.
Technologies: 3d printing/scanning, video editing, robots, and solutions for non-profits.
Solutions for small businesses and non-profits.
All the way to things like Zombie Defense Preparation, lockpicking, sushi making, and many other topics for makers, DIYers, artists and other creatives.

Barcamp is a program of The School Factory, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds value-creating communities and spaces to transform education, economy, and talent.
When: Doors open Saturday, October 1st at 9:00 AM and close at 9:00 PM October 2nd

BarCampMilwaukee will offer over night sleeping so please break your sleeping bags.

register: here

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July’s meeting as scheduled!

There was some discussion on when then next meeting is, and where it may be held. Just clarifying that our meeting will be at normal scheduled time on July 1st, at 7pm. We’ll be in our usual location at CESI. See for details!

August’s meeting is up in the air for location, and expect light turnout as many of us are making the venture to Defcon.

See you there!

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Announcing Know Your Rights Event

DC414 is proud to present a free public Know Your Rights event at Marquette on June 11th 2016.

See the event page for more details

Help us spread the word! Download this flyer, make copies and post them around!

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Year of the Hack Submitted!

Our finalized Year of the Hack video is submitted, and trending already!

Thanks to dw5304, and Vlad for cranking this out!


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February Meeting Recap

Media is done, our Year of the Hack is posted above

We had about 25 Hackers from the Greater Milwaukee Area attend February’s meeting.  I mention this because it was pointed out that our event RSVPs are not an indicator of how many show up at the meetings. Demo

To start us off, DW5304 did a demo of

Creepy is a geoloaction OSINT Tool, that offers geolocation information gathering through social networking (twitter, instagram, etc) platforms.

SNMPwalk and SNMP shenanigans

DW5304 also conducted more shenanigans with SNMPwalk and reviewed some SNMP results he had uncovered.  There is not a whole lot I have to document within this recap, but you can start learning about SNMPwalk here

DEFCON Groups DC414 video

DEF CON Groups is holding a contest:  Year of the Hack

For this, DC414 needs to submit a link to a 3- minute (at least!) YouTube video from DC414 as a whole describing what we’re planning on accomplishing over the year

This was our most difficult demo yet.

Planning?  Accomplishing?

And furthermore…video?

We’ve been on video before.  We brought up and showed our past appearance on CBS58 (watch it for either nostalgia or the lulz).

Yet we hashed out a plan for the year.  We will put together another Know Your Rights event, as that has continued to be our most popular event, and our most popular page on  This time the event will be bigger and better, and we will use that as a means to laison with the community.

We had 20+ hackers participate to some level in our video submission.  We are not actors, we are very ADD/ADHD.  Getting more than 5 hackers on the same page is a feat.  Like herding cats.

We got it all done.  Some group shots, and some individual interviews.  It is all recorded now, and we have a lot of footage that will be slimmed down to both a usable submission and a blooper reel (probably more footage for the blooper reel than anything).

Links to the videos are SUBMISSION and BLOOPER REEL

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January Meeting Recap


To start us off, Vlad brought a special guest to do a demo for us.

Dr. Charles S. Tritt, Ph.D, from MSOE, did a presentation on Human-Human Interface, using a TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit and simulation electrodes.  Taken from his document:

This device mimics a relatively common approach to controlling powered prosthetic limbs. Electromyogram signals are picked up from the surface of the skin, amplified, digitized, processed and used to effect the desired control. In this case, the control is via nerve stimulation using a TENS unit.

The ZIP file containing his handout from the meeting (which has the parts list), MSOE lab handouts, and Matlab and Arduino code, can be found here

The total cost of the build is $98

We have some media of the device being used.  More will be posted as it is processed.  If you have media, videos, or pictures, that’d you’d like to share, please let me know.

Bubbles controlling Belouve (do note that they are husband and wife)

Bubbles controlling Vlad

Vlad controlling Bubbles


Korgo and Belouve presented on the upcoming Cyphercon.  DC414 can still get in, though it seems most of DC414 are already attending or volunteering.  If you still want to get in, contact Korgo or Belouve.

There will be a booth/space for DC414 and Milwaukee Hackers (basically anyone I recognize as a Milwaukee area hacker) at the Friday part of the convention.  We’ll keep it a corporate no-fly zone.

We got a peek at one of the electronic badges for Cyphercon.

Puzzle Lock

Belouve brought a puzzle lock that he received from India.  It is claimed to be from the era of Shivaji Maharaj, who reigned from 1674 to 1680.  I’m investigating this claim to its age further.  Regardless, it’s a cool lock.

I have no video or images for my lock (yet), but I plan to make a video in English of its function and any more details I can find out.  However, I found a video of a similar lock here

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January meeting almost here!

It’s almost Friday, and as mentioned previously, due to the Holiday falling on a Friday we have moved the meeting to 1/08/2015.

Vlad has a special guest, Dr. Charles Tritt from MSOE will be joining us, and will be giving a demonstration with a TENS unit, somehow facilitating a human-to-human interface.  It’ll definitely be a meeting to remember!

See you there!



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dc414 does EscapeMKE James Bomb

So a few weeks ago a bunch of us got together to do the 2nd mission at EscapeMKE, titled James Bomb.  It was a blast!   While I won’t go into detail of the mission, we soared through all parts of it so fast, the host swore we had cheated at multiple areas, and was ready to disqualify us.  We found a new and unknown (to EscapeMKE) way to complete one of the tasks that hadn’t been done before, leading us to get to the final step at approximately 18 minutes into the hour. We did prove our method, and were credited appropriately without cheating!

Unfortunately we got stuck on that last step until about 22 seconds remaining, but we did successfully complete it! (damn old touchy equipment)

Escape MKE



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December Meeting Recap

darkwind tried to show off a pager hacking demo.  I believe we were getting some new and unknown interference on the RF band he was trying to hack.  Not going to call this one as a demo fail, since the new RF interference is interesting.

DAS BOOT.  We lockpicked a TRIMAX car boot, using a BIC pen.  I think time from the package being opened to it being picked was less than 30 min.  Once we got a process going, we could pick it in under 17 seconds, just a BIC pen.  Video exists of this, we’ll try to get it put up soon.  TRIMAX: your product sucks, BIC: your products rule.

Watch a video of the TRIMAX fail

<REDACTED2> showcased a hack to Southwest’s boarding zone/boarding number system.  Want to be in line as A17 and not B47? <REDACTED2> showed us how.

We also discussed a new DC414 DEFCON Groups point-of-contact.  That has now been set and communicated to the DEFCON person responsible.  We’ll once again be recognized as an active group!

Titles are updated.  If you look under the contact portion of our page, most of the goofy titles will be updated there.

You’ll note I left some names out as <REDACTED>.  If you want your name/nickname there, let me know.  I don’t want our recaps to be a blast of “CRASH OVERLOAD HAXXORD THE GIBSON” to the Internet and anyone who may see it and cause trouble for the person who did the hack. (Some names have since been approved to be un-redacted)

That’s all the demos I can recall.

Next meeting: Jan 8th, 2016.

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