Next Irvine Underground Meeting
2024.07.12 at Gulliver's, 7pm

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June 14, 2024

Monday, June 24th, 2024

Irvine Underground kicked off our mid-year meeting with a new milestone – eighty-six attendees!

This month, our original speaker couldn’t make it, so Guillotine stepped up with a half-hour talk on Quantum Computing. Stay tuned, because Guillotine will give a full, hour-long quantum computing talk soon.

We also featured a short DEF CON 32 primer, for everyone at IVU attending. IVU’s plans for DC32 to be announced soon!

May 10, 2024

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Ninety days until DEF CON 32!

This month’s IVU marks a new milestone, where we livestreamed our entire IVU meeting via discord.

Originally, our planned speaker dropped last-minute, and two of our community members swooped in with a save at the last minute – lunchbucket presented a talk on Proxmox, while Ghriz shared his knowedge of tarantulas with the group.

See you in June!

April 12, 2024

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

For the month of April, Gulliver’s hosted us in their banquet room due to the weather.

This month featured a moblie appsec talk by matlac, Hacking Android Apps for Dummies

Also, huge congrats to the Cyber@UCI team for winning 2nd place at WRCCDC! We’re proud to have the students of Cyber@UCI as a part of our community.

And featuring a very special guest during the post-IVU Parkinglotcon:

March 08, 2024

Monday, March 11th, 2024

Welcome back! This month’s IVU meeting featured a talk on PiHole (and DNS) with Mr. Bill.

Take control of your DNS away from your ISP (and others). An introduction to a popular open source project to provide protection for your whole network, and a chance to break it and blame DNS for real.

February 09, 2024

Friday, March 8th, 2024

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!

This month, we hosted caraboo and Stengo from UC Irvine for their talk, School of Hard Hacks.

With a new generation of students entering the job market, it’s a pretty big wonder what they’re learning and how ready they’ll be to jump into the “real world”. As students themselves, join Stengo and caraboo as they give a fresh perspective on their journey through discovering cybersecurity, trends they’re observing, and just where the hell they’re learning all this stuff.

This month marks the one-year mark since the reboot of IVU, and we hit a new record of 65 people at the meeting!
Big thanks to our organizers, longtime members, first-time attendees, and you for helping to make this happen.

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.

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