Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PYPTUG Meeting - February 23rd (Security and Forensics) -

PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting

Come join PYPTUG at out next monthly meeting (February 23rd 2015) to learn more about the Python programming language, modules and tools. Python is the perfect language to learn if you've never programmed before, and at the other end, it is also the perfect tool that no expert would do without. Monthly meetings are in addition to our project nights.


Meeting will start at 5:30pm.

We will open on an Intro to PYPTUG and on how to get started with Python, PYPTUG activities and members projects, then on to News from the community, including some details on a network forensics shell.

Then on to the main talk.

Main Talk

by Adam Sheesley
Title: "Hell is Other People's Code"

BioAdam Sheesley is a Penetration Tester who has experience and training in vulnerability assessment and (network/physical) penetration testing. Experienced as a web application developer, network administrator, and penetration tester, Adam has a broad knowledge of in-depth knowledge of implementing systems, breaking into networks, and training duck-sized horses.

This talk will cover modifications and additions that Adam made to a fantastic tool, put out by SpiderLabs. 

As Responder was originally a NetBIOS spoofer we will cover a brief overview of the NetBIOS protocol. Specifically the pieces dealing with authentication. We will cover the motivations behind the modifications, the reasoning process for modifying existing code versus writing something new, and the challenges he encountered during the project. Finally we will cover a collection of other popular information security tools written in Python with a "Security is fun an so can you" approach.

 HAB Project

We will replace the lightning talk sessions for this meeting, since we cancelled the project night, and work some on the High Altitude Balloon Project (Team Near Space Circus).


Monday, February 23rd 2015
Meeting starts at 5:30PM


Wake Forest University,
close to Polo Rd and University Parkway:

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

 Map this

See also this campus map (PDF) and also the Parking Map (PDF) (Manchester hall is #20A on the parking map)

And speaking of parking:  Parking after 5pm is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The official parking policy is:
"Visitors can park in any general parking lot on campus. Visitors should avoid reserved spaces, faculty/staff lots, fire lanes or other restricted area on campus. Frequent visitors should contact Parking and Transportation to register for a parking permit.

Mailing List

Don't forget to sign up to our user group mailing list:

It is the only step required to become a PYPTUG member.

Meetup Group

In order to get a feel for how much food we'll need, we ask that you register your attendance to this meeting on meetup:

Friday, February 13, 2015

PYPTUG Project night - Team Near Space Circus

To Space And Back

Another project night where we will focus on our HAB project: Sending a technical payload into space, and back, as part of the 2015 Global Space Balloon Challenge (http:// The project will include a payload that will pay homage to the first NASA balloon flights in 1969 designed to take large area photographs of the earth from a very high altitude.

The payload will include a computer with operating system, many python scripts and various hardware including sensors, transmitters, servos and other tech gear.

The monthly project nights until April will focus on building a high altitude balloon to send into near space. This coming Wednesday is the first official meeting in person. We will have several students joining us from various schools and universities. The HPU Physics department will provide some insight on their 2013 build and launch. We expect students from HPU, Forsyth Tech, Atkins High School and other schools, colleges and universities from the Triad area, along with regular PYPTUG members and Inmar employees.

There is something to do for everyone, from art, to programming, to mechanical and electrical engineering, to finding stuff, reading regulations, making recovery plans, buying stuff, coming up with a team name, what experiments should be included in the payload etc. Don't wait for a direct invitation, sign up on our meetup group:

This meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 6pm in the Dash room at Inmar:

THE MEETING IS POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. We will post a new date as soon as possible.


635 Vine St,
Room 1130H "Dash"
Winston-Salem, NC

This will be at the Inmar building in downtown Winston Salem.­

Some preliminary work has already started and discussion is ongoing on the PYPTUG mailing list:!forum/pyptug

And look for the Near Space Technical Payload Official Thread (should be at the top)

Keep an eye on this site for progress reports. At launch, you will be able to track the actual balloon through a web page.