Platypus Initiative (AKA Let’sJustHackShit)
If you’re interested in information security, and willing to spend time and effort actually contributing to cool security projects, whether it be through helping organise venues and content for events, by participating in community events like CTFs or even via code commits (especially via code commits!): let’s talk =]
HardWare CTF (Via SnailMail)
hwctf is a distributed hardware security group, influenced by similar initiatives such as the Boldport Club, or Riscure’s RHME CTF event. It works like this: you sign up to this, and we send you little hardware security and reverse-engineering challenges to work on, either alone, or together with others. It’s that simple. Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience with hardware: truth be told, neither do we, but there’s no better way to learn than to work on hands-on scenarios!
- How much does it cost?
- This costs $30 every 6 months, via PayPal. This is primarily to recover some of the cost of materials and shipping, which very quickly stacks up.
- How do I sign up?
- Register here
- Provide an email address we can contact you on
- Provide a postal address we can send you things on
- $30 AUD via PayPal
Registrations for the first hardware challenge are now CLOSED, and we aim to ship the first round of challenges the week before Christmas.
If you’re not comfortable giving us your actual mailing address, we recommend using an Australia Post Parcel Locker. Also, please consider adding your real name, particularly if you’re shipping to a work address - while I don’t mind shipping a parcel to el8haxr@el8haxcorp, you may experience difficulty receiving said parcel.
Stay tuned for PlatypusCon 2018 in late September, much excite!
As a group, we frequent many of the community events around Sydney. You’ll generally find us at events like:
- Sectalks Sydney: every 2nd Tuesday of the month
- Ruxmon Sydney: every 3rd Friday of the month
- Cyberspectrum Sydney
Our semi-regular Platypus events gives us the opportunity to do tons of cool security shit like:
- We get together to talk about new technology ideas, similar to a university-style “lab” session.
- Software analysis and vulnerability discovery
- We share the joy of controlling $PC together.
- Pick & hack locks
- We pick, dismantle, modify and perform forensics on locks both mechanical & digital.
- Competing, learning and failing in Capture the Flag competitions together, working as a team to strengthen our technical skills.
… and sooo much more.
The Platypus Initiative is proud to announce our flagship product, available from only $15.99 per user, per month - your keystrokes are safe with us - the Platypus Enterprise Cloud Keystroke Backup Engine (video)
If you missed out on our swag, we still have some left.
Want to support us? Or just bug us with questions? We’re reachable on email@example.com. Or find us on twitter.