Columbia's Information Security Group

A free and informal gathering of information security professionals and enthusiasts in Columbia, South Carolina at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM.

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May 19, 2015, meetup agenda - PwnAdventure3

The next ColaSec meetup we will be taking a look at the hacking game Pwn Adventure 3, which was featured at Shmoocon and in this article on WIRED. The game is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, where objectives are completed by hacking the game.

We have setup a server to run the game. Attendees will need to bring a laptop and download the game client from the Pwn Adventure 3 site. After downloading and installing, launch the client to run an update on it.

Some other things attendees might want to install/bring is a decompiler program to view the game files, like .NET Reflector. I've also found a walkthrough that uses utilizes Wireshark, so that might come in handy as well. Speaking of walkthroughs, feel free to do a little research ahead of time. Here are some links to get your started:

Ghost in the Shellcode - Home of the Pwn Adventure. Has walkthroughs on last year's version.

PwnAdventure3 - Main website.

Dead Packet Society - A walkthrough using Wireshark.

PwnAdventure2 walkthroughs:


Everlasting Wanderer


List of tools for static code analysis - Wikipedia

This exercise is something I've never done before and I those most of the group hasn't done before, so I'm hoping we can all learn and grow from the game together.

New ColaSec meetup day and social engineering

After talking to several current and potential members of this user group, we have decided to shift our meetup day from every third Monday of the month to every Tuesday of the month. Tuesday just seems to fit everyone's schedule better and allows everyone to shake off those Monday blues. We also won't be conflicting with Monday night football during the fall.

With the new date it puts our next ColaSec meetup on Tuesday January 20th, 2015. The Tuesday after Blackhat releases. If anyone is planning on going hit me up on Twitter or by email (timothy.deblock[at]gmail[dot]com).

While on holiday and doing some chores this past week I was listening to episode 120 of the Down the Rabbithole security podcast and they had on Chris Hadnagy who was talking about social engineering. It's a really good episode, with a lot of good information and interesting stories about social engineering, as well as how organizations can better protect themselves against social engineering. If you can find the time I would highly recommend listening to the episode.