Next Irvine Underground Meeting
2024.03.08 at Gulliver's, 7pm

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January 12, 2024

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

Happy new year! This month, IVU had over 50 people in attendance – our highest headcount since lockdown. Woohoo!

This month, we also had a throwback to the IVU days of old, with some pregaming at El Torito before the official meeting. As always, folks brought along their projects, some hardware, and even some padlocks to work on.

Our main speakers this month was Cannibal, who presented “A talk about on cleaning products”:
During defcon at an unreasonable time of the night, Yaxis and I were talking about giving a talk at IVU and asked what I wanted to present on. I thought it would be fun to let Yaxis pick and he jokingly threw out “cleaning products”. So show up Friday the 12th for my presentation on Cleaning Products!

December 08, 2023

Saturday, December 9th, 2023

Happy holidays!

This month’s IVU meeting featured a talk on the Zero Trust security model by Yaxis.

November 10, 2023

Saturday, November 11th, 2023

We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving this month with a chip decapping clinic by StringFellow, who brought some silicon, microscopes, and tools to demo this reverse engineering technique.

Other members brought some of their vintage computer components to show off as well, including a modem board and its original drivers stored on a 3d-printed save icon.

October 13, 2023

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Happy Friday the 13th!

October’s IVU meeting featured a virtual talk by HackBeer’d (Beau Woods)

Peg Legs, Pentests, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Avast, ye LAN lubbers! Grab a grog and park yer ParrotOS while ol’ cap’n HackBeer’d tells a tail -f /dev/urandom of pirates, hackers, and the Constitution. This talk loosely traces piracy from its earliest recorded occurrence, the C Peoples overrunning RAMses to end the Big Iron age, from boarding parties to black boxes, with branches into interesting side nodes from history, like surprising links to the US founders. Along the way, learn how pirate code, legal code, and software code resemble each other, and what we can learn from each to strengthen the others.

September 08, 2023

Saturday, September 9th, 2023

Welcome back from hacker summer camp!

This month’s IVU meeting featured Varx as a (remote) guest speaker. His talk, Training and Running LLMs, included code, demos, and in-depth explanations on how anyone can build and run their own large language machine learning models from home.

Big thanks to all of the members who helped with the A/V setup this month. We’ll have the proper cables next time.

In addition to Varx’s presentation, ezemar shared some of his audiophile equipment, and one member showed off the latest additions to their wardriving rig.

IVU @ Defcon 31

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

With both Defcon and IVU back in-person, it only seems fitting to have an IVU meetup at Defcon.

This year, we met for a quiet dinner before going our separate ways to hack the planet.

July 14, 2023

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

Our speaker this month was fuzzingpanda, who gave a talk on Security CTFs.

As we are one month from Defcon 31, Yaxis also gave a lightning Defcon 101 talk.

Pappasmurf shared his love of mechanical keyboards at the meeting as well.

June 09, 2023

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

IVU’s heating up this June with cryoticbytes’ talk, A Schpeal About The Man.

In addition, several other members brought their own tech and devices to share.

May 12, 2023

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

This month, Yaxis hosted an open lockpicking night, with an assortment of locks and tools available for everyone to use. Duald and stringfellow also brought some servers and tech they were working on.

April 14, 2023

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

Welcome back to Irvine Underground!

This month, Sloth shared a wardriving setup he’s been working on.

Our speaker this month was duald, who gave a presentation on the Shell on Demand Appliance (SODA Machine) he built for Defcon. The SODA Machine is an entire data center in a soda machine, and all of its parts are 100% dumpster dived, from its servers to the vending machine itself. I’ve attached a picture of the machine at Defcon 30 last year below, courtesy of NUCC.

In addition, here’s a video from DC30 with more information.

March 10, 2023

Saturday, August 26th, 2023

This month’s IVU meeting was a quiet one. Rain meant everyone had to sit indoors instead of on the patio.

This month’s speaker was Monica, who presented a deep-sea project she’s working on.

Looking forward to seeing you at next month’s IVU!
Hoping for some clear weather next month.

February 10, 2023

Friday, August 25th, 2023

Another great IVU meeting.

Blackdrako shared his recent projects with the group, including this handmade IVU t-shirt with 3d-printed lighting.

Another member also brought a set of progressive locks to learn lockpicking with.

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