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[Workshop] Wireless Hacking (includes wireless card)

Join us for the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) Cybersecurity Workshop hosted from our Washington, DC location. This is a hands-on, practical workshop where you will put into practice those things you may have read or covered in a class. This is also a great way to keep your skills fresh if you're a veteran.

Every workshop addresses beginner and advanced topic material. Beginners are encouraged to watch and learn as much as possible even though you may not have a clue. Exposure to new tools and techniques by watching will advance your learning process a lot quicker than trying to learn on your own. You will get to ask questions and see how it's done in the real world. Advanced attendees are encouraged to share and help answer "noob" questions as much as possible so everyone can learn from them.


Lunch and prep is 11:00 - 12:00

Workshop is 12:00 - 5:00

Have you ever wondered just how secure your wireless connection really is? Wireless technology has quickly spread from coffee shops to large scale enterprise systems. Everywhere you go there is “Free Wi-Fi.”  Most businesses also support some type of wireless connection throughout their offices. In this workshop we will learn to perform the steps used in wireless penetration testing such as cracking the keys and gain access to a variety of increasingly secure wireless access points. From WEP to the trusted WPA2, nothing is safe from attack with the right tools and the right motivation.

We are excited to have Dustin Shirley present this workshop. Dustin is an Information Assurance Engineer with Convergence Technologies Consulting. Dustin has over 12 years of experience in the Information Security field including roles in Security Analysis, Intrusion Analysis, Digital Forensics, and Vulnerability Analysis and Research.


Working laptop:

Multi Core Processor
8GB of ram or more (4GB minimum)
Hard Drive space for necessary apps and virtual machines

Wireless Card (provided). Keep the card! You can't use a regular wireless card so we'll buy you one. If you have an adapter that you know works, you can opt to pay regular price - $35/$50, paying/non-paying member. Contact [masked]. Please note: we can only offer limited troubleshooting support if you come with your own adapter, other than what we'll be using.

Download & Install Pentoo Linux Distro:

• Download Pentoo

• Select pentoo-i[masked]_RC1.9iso

• Burn this iso to DVD-ROM as an image

• Create Pentoo virtual machine. Download here Instructions

• Install Pentoo in virtualbox. Instructions Start on pg 9

Just ask if you need help.


• Knowledge of basic networking and IT. 

• Good attitude, willingness to learn and share.

Remote Participation: Not available


Full/Student/Military Member:  $50 (includes price of adapter) ; $35 w/o adapter

Associate Member and Remote Attendee: Not available

Non-Paying Member: $75 (includes price of adapter) ; $50 w/o adapter

Paying members, login and register online for discount.

Refund Policy:

Refunds are offered if:

The workshop is cancelled

You cancel at least 1 day before the workshop; by 1200 pm Friday (4/4)


Uber Office (Tysons)
1751 Pinnacle Drive,
Ste. 600,
McLean, VA 22102


Earn CPE's towards your certification

Food & beverages are provided

Free garage/lot parking & street parking

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  • Susan K.

    Were the slides ever posted?

    May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved it! The instructor and helpers were so patient. What an empowering workshop!

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Emme B.

    As usual, great workshop. Where can we download the slides?

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Erin

    Yes, I plus one will be attending. Since already have working wireless card, will handle payment offline.

    April 5, 2014

  • Emme B.

    UGH! Seems like my older system is not able to load Pentoo within the VM. It repeatedly reports a soft lockup with the CPU stuck for x seconds. What a let down... Looking forward to the workshop anyway, see y'all in a few hours!

    April 5, 2014

    • Erin

      Have you tried making a live, bootable USB for PenToo via Win32 Disk Imager at link below? Older systems sometime recognize USB boot devices as hard drives. So you have set the boot order of the hard drives.

      April 5, 2014

    • Lisa J.

      Bring your laptop anyway. We'll figure it out.

      April 5, 2014

  • Kathleen W.

    What is the deadline for registering and paying?

    March 30, 2014

    • Lisa J.

      April 2nd would nice just so we can order enough adapters. But will be ordering extras for last minute registrations.

      March 30, 2014

    • Kathleen W.

      Won't be able to attend. I hope you do this or something like this again.

      April 3, 2014

  • Angelina K.

    Wireless card... I imagine it is a USB one?

    March 15, 2014

  • Erin

    What if you already have a wireless card that works? Can we have a $60 registration option for those who already have a such a card? It's great to offer a penetration testing capable wifi card for people don't have them, but I don't need another. For those who don't know if their laptop's wifi card will work, load pentoo, open a terminal window, type "iwconfig" <enter>. You should see "wlan0: " and text describing your card. If you see "wlan0: no wireless extensions." then your card will not work and you will need the provided wireless card.

    March 16, 2014

    • Lisa J.

      Hi Erin, thank you for your comments. We set it up this way so folks wouldn't be coming in with different cards that they think work but don't, but we'll make a change to the post saying something like "You may use your own wireless card, but we can only offer limited troubleshooting assistance ..." It already takes up a lot of time troubleshooting/setting up for class as it is. We'll set the price at regular workshop price of $35/$50 (paying/non-paying member). But we'll handle that offline so ping me.

      Dustin gave the option for a bootable USB, but we want to be able to have the class flow smoothly following one set of instructions. So we chose virtualbox, plus it gives folks practice working with virtual machines which we use a lot. I think he chose the less newer version of pentoo for driver compatibility issues (not sure), but he insisted it works.

      Now, when are you coming to do a workshop for us and share some of that knowledge? :)

      March 17, 2014

  • Erin

    An alternative to the virtualbox is make a live, bootable USB. Pentoo will run faster and no need to configure the wireless card in VM.
    Running Windows, I downloaded Win32 Disk Imager at URL: Click on the link for "Looking for the latest version? Download the unnamed version here. (5.7 MB)" When running win32diskimager, be sure to change the default file selector *.img to *.* Also, BE SURE to selected your USB instead of your Hard Drive! If hard drive is selected, it will be over written.
    Then on your computer bootup, select to boot from the USB. Working on boot setting for persistence. Any quick help?

    March 16, 2014

  • Erin

    The pentoo 2013.iso above is dated. For example, it has fern-wifi-cracker version 1.8, lastest is 1.9.
    So suggest people download the pentoo 2014.iso at URL:

    March 16, 2014

  • Fi

    Checking my schedule. ..Fingers crossed.

    March 15, 2014

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: You must cancel by Friday, April 4, 1100a.

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