Sat 1/13 Practice is ON-SITE

On January 11, 2018, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth

Baring any freak storms, we will definitely be on site this Saturday. Those who want to play in CCDC this year need to attend.

Note we only have about 3 more weekends before the 2018 Qualifying Round, including this one…

Please watch Slack for details, or ask any questions you may have there.

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We will be REMOTE ONLY at tomorrow morning’s 9AM session, due to the weather and the consensus opinion of club members on Slack.

As with prior sessions, we will be connecting via Skype.  Details will be posted on the Slack general channel, as before.

Those interested in joining the 2018 CCDC team are expected to attend.

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URGENT Tomorrow’s session (12/16) is REMOTE ONLY

On December 15, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth


We will be holding the session on Skype, since that has capacity for 25 people. Please take steps to create yourself a Skype account if you do not already have one. Further details will be issued on Slack in the #general channel before tomorrow’s session.

Please let me know on Slack or email if you have any questions.

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Tomorrow’s session (12/09) is REMOTE ONLY

On December 8, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth

Due to the Winter Weather Advisory, tomorrow’s session will NOT be onsite, it will be REMOTE ONLY.

Please DO NOT go onsite.  CCDC Team Candidates are expected to remote into the session.  Please tune into Slack before tomorrow morning’s meeting for details on attending remotely, details will be posted soon.

Questions or issues can be posted to the Slack channel or the CTF mailing list.

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Next two Saturdays – CCDC Prep onsite

On December 8, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth

Given that CCDC is a full month sooner than in prior years, we will have meetings for the next two Saturdays, both tomorrow (12/09) and next week (12/16).  For these next two sessions, we will be continuing our preparations for the competition.  If you are interested in joining the 2018 CCDC team, please be sure to attend.

The current forecast is for tomorrow calls for some snow.  Please be sure to use good judgement and caution, safety is always first.




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2017 November Updates

On November 4, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth

Here are a few club news items for the month of Novmber that may be of interest to members.


The Mid-Atlantic CCDC Qualifying rounds will be scheduled between Feb 1 and Feb 8 of 2018.

This is a month earlier than in years past, so we will have less time to prepare, reducing us from 8 practice sessions to 4.  As such, we will be starting to hold practice sessions during the remaining time of 2017.

Eligible students interested in joining this years team should apply asap:  Please also be sure to join the #ccdc2018 channel on the Cyberwildcats Slack.

The ccdc2018 mailing list has been created.  Applicants who register (see the above link) will be added by the club administration to this mailing list.

A new Linux Hardening Howto has been created by Jon (thanks to him for his excellent effort).  Those interested in joining the team can find the link to this new resource in the #ccdc2018 channel on the Cyberwildcats Slack.

A resources page for CCDC prep has been published to the #ccdc2018 channel.


Palo Alto Networks NGFW Firewalls have been deployed into the CTF environment.  We will be leveraging these in future club game sessions and CCDC practices.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to get hands on an enterprise-class firewall in a live-combat setting.  A Firewall Lab using PAN NGFW may also be created in the month ahead (stay tuned for further updates…)

The Cyberwildcats resources page has been updated with new facilities:

The default VPN profile has been updated to use  Users who login via the web interface for the VPN and download a new configuration file will no longer need to change their profile when connecting via hard line on-campus.


The next two scheduled on-site meetings are:

  • November 18 (Student Led)
  • December 9 (Full Session)

The Cyberwildcats Calendar has been updated with CCDC practice sessions for January.  Further updates may follow with additional practice sessions for the months of November and December.

The CTF mailing list has been synchronized with the various other club user facilities, such as this website, Slack, and the Google Groups.


Oct 20 Meeting Cancelled

On October 20, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth

Tomorrow’s Student Led session is cancelled due to Reading Week and the lack of a Student Proctor.  The next session is still scheduled.  Club members should watch Slack for further updates.


Cyberwildcats 2017 schedule

On May 16, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth

We’ve just loaded the Google Calendar with our 2017 schedule from here to the end of the year, here’s our dates:

  • 6/3/2017    Cyberwildcats
  • 6/24/2017    Student Led
  • 7/8/2017    Cyberwildcats
  • 7/22/2017    Student Led
  • 8/5/2017    Student Led
  • 8/19/2017    Cyberwildcats
  • 9/9/2017    Cyberwildcats
  • 9/23/2017    Student Led
  • 10/7/2017    Cyberwildcats
  • 10/21/2017    Student Led
  • 11/4/2017    Cyberwildcats
  • 11/18/2017    Student Led
  • 12/9/2017    Cyberwildcats

We hope to see you there!


Next Meeting: Saturday, Apr 29

On April 14, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth

Now that the 2017 CCDC Season has finished, we’ll be meeting on Saturday, April 29.  This is a rescheduling of the April 15 session, due to the school being closed for Spring Break.

Please post any questions you may have on the mailing list or on Slack in #general.

We’ll be posting the Spring and Summer meeting schedules soon.





Summary of the 2016Oct22 Meeting

On October 22, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Eric Arnoth

Topics Covered

  • A word of caution about Hacking
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Firewalls 101
  • Ethical Hacking Overview
  • Vulnerability Assessment Overview
  • Quick Discussion of OWASP Top 10 Web Vulnerabilities
  • Buffer Overflow explanation
  • Discussion of Client Vulns vs Server Vulns
  • SQL Injection Deep Dive
  • Discussion of the value of certifications
  • Discussion of what companies look for when hiring
  • Discussion of the Hacking Community
  • Discussion of NCL and CCDC
  • A quick look at Mudge’s Blackhat 2011 Keynote Presentation

Links Visited

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