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We understand some people may be dismayed by this event's recent cancellation. We are still stashing CTF problems and content and intend to do CryptoParty at a later date. We are looking at April 29th. It conflicts with BSidesCharm but other dates conflict with much bigger events. Thank you for your patience.


March 3rd at GMU

March 3rd


HUB Rooms 3-4-5

Event opens at 10:00am


About CryptoParty

Learn how to protect your digital privacy at this workshop hosted by Mason Competitive Cyber and Mason SRCT. You'll learn how to ensure the integrity and privacy of your data from a wide variety of potential threats, from government actors to a friend you leave alone with your laptop. End the afternoon reassured your data will be far less likely to be spied on or stolen. We will be providing breakfast, lunch and snacks to everyone attending.

CryptoParty 2018 is organized by Mason student organizations Student-Run Computing and Technology and Mason Competitive Cyber, with financial support from the Cybersecurity Engineering program and ECE department.

Keeping your data private and secure is an issue of concern for more than just engineering students. Students from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to join, especially from degree programs like English, journalism, and government, but note you'll largely be on your own if you intend to participate in the CTF. We will open with demonstrations to show you why it's important to protect your digital privacy, go through a series of workshops, a keynote, and discussions. Swing by!
CryptoParty 2018 will be hosted March 3rd in HUB Rooms 3-4-5. Please bring a laptop. Confused about directions on campus? Click here.


We're excited to announce our keynote will be provided by Aliya Sternstein, a freelance journalist who's written pieces such as FBI allays some critics with first use of new mass-hacking warrant (Ars Technica) and Airlines Are Giving Your Face to Homeland Security (Daily Beast).

About CryptoParty CTF

The CTF will be rather advanced to encourage more beginning participants to take part in the actual workshop. Presently, we have funding for all of our prizes. Prizes include Yubikeys and (pending further funding) a full Raspberry Pi kit. We reserve the right to pause the CTF and halt any competition during the speaker. We are limiting registration for this now, so please email if you want to participate in the CTF so we can get a more accurate depiction of it.

We encourage those of you who are still starting out to participate in the workshop unless you've done a CTF before. It'll be jeopardy style, with a focus on challenges generally categorized as cryptography, but as we want to host a challenging one and we can't source too many cryptography experts while maintaining the overall quality of the event, it will include other conventional CTF categories.


  • First Place: Raspberry Pi CanaKit: Retail $70
  • Top Three after that (2nd-4th): Yubikey 4 Series: Retail $40
  • Swag and giveaways (like cheaper $18 model Yubikeys) will dissiminate it at our discretion, some at random and some not at random.


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This information is being updated ahead of the event as we prepare our new curriculum.




10:00am to 10:30am Doors Open: Registration, Getting Situated Those who get in sooner can socialize, as we all know nerds do
10:30am - 11:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks We'll be welcoming members and kicking off the event
11:15am - 11:30am Gauging People's Understanding, Branching off for CTF Those who are more advanced may find themselves interested in GMU CryptoParty CTF
11:30am - 12:00pm Historical Examples of Cryptography Ciphers, One Time Pad, XOR, and More
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm - 2:15pm Leaked Password? No Problem! 2FA Introduction *Please do not tweet your passwords after this lesson
2:15pm - 3:00pm Speaker
3:00pm - 3:30pm Computers Aren't THAT Smart: Asymmetric vs Symmetric, Prime Factors, and more How computers can't break crypto done by similar computers
3:30pm - 4:00pm Using and more on secure messaging Using as a conduit to using PGP and secure messaging, ensuring even your sweetest memes aren't intercepted
4:00pm - 4:30pm Understanding Metadata We'll go over the different kinds of metadata associated with each person's identity.
4:30pm - 5:00pm Tunneling your data with Virtual Private Network Connections It's like when kids run through these, but for your passwords.
5:00pm - 5:30pm Browsing Privately with Tor Keeping your web browsing safe and secure
5:30pm - 6:00pm Goodbyes and CTF Conclusion Don't Cry Because It's Over, Smile Because It Happened

Speakers & Workshop Volunteers

Michael Bailey
CC Event Manager
Mason CC President
Zach Osman
SRCT Lead Go Dev
Kunal Sarkhel
SRCT Member
Eyad Hasan
Tentative Volunteer
SRCT Member
Daniel Bond
Tentative Volunteer
SRCT Founding Member
Paul Benoit
Tentative Volunteer
Mason CC Co-President


Student-Run Computing and Technology (SRCT, pronounced "circuit") develops and maintains software and systems that provide specific services for Mason's community, alongside a host of related educational and outreach events.

Mason Competitive Cyber is a cybersecurity organization on campus that specializes in cybersecurity competitions, including CTFs, CNDs, and. Mason CC meets weekly, travelling to regional competitions regularly and is proudly sponsored by Battelle.

Event Sponsors and Donors

Thank you to the following organizations for providing material benefit to our event. Interested in sponsoring? Contact us below!

Cybersecurity Engineering Program

The Tor Project


Electrical & Computer Engineering Department