WACTF is a Capture The Flag (CTF) cyber security challenge in Western Australia. A two day event where your skills will be pitted against a range of technical challenges. A cyber security CTF is a type of information security competition where players solve security challenges from categories such as digital forensics, web application exploitation, and cryptography to get flags. Each flag has a points value associated with it based on the difficulty of the challenge.

This CTF has been built by members of the Perth security community. It’s not a set of theoretical challenges, it’s built from real life examples by people who work in the security field – penetration testers, developers, forensics specialists, etc. – with considerable input from industry.

We’ve come together to put this event on to help uplift the profile of cyber security in WA – helping not only introduce new people to the field, but also to put industry and individuals together to help stop the brain drain (the exit of talent from WA) that we are seeing.

WACTF is open to individuals and teams up to four players. There are restrictions as to who can claim prizes, see the eligibility section. Registration is necessary and will be available up until the 24th of November. The game will be played onsite at the University of Western Australia where hacker juice and snacks will be provided to players. You will need to bring your laptop with wireless capability.

Hosted by WACTF

Where:  University of Western Australia, Room G17
35 Stirling Highway Crawley,
Western Australia

When:    09:00 – 18:00 WST
2nd & 3rd of December, 2017

Registration and Infohttps://capture.tf

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MegaLAN 2017

CASSA Presents MegaLAN 2017!

To celebrate the End of Semester 2 CASSA will be hosting a 24 Hours of gaming, gaming, tournaments, and socialising.

No Surge Protected Power Boards, No CRT Monitors.

10:00 AM on Saturday the 25th of November until 12:00 PM Sunday the 26th of November

Edith Cowan University – Mount Lawley Campus
Building 14 room 114

—–Entry Fees:—–
$10 for online purchase


$10 at the door for CASSA Members, and
$15 for non-members at the door

Lunch: FREE with Ticket

Dinner: CASSA will be organising a pizza run during the evening events, costs for pizza will be $5 a pizza which includes a can of softdrink, please contact with the event cashier’s desk with your order before 7pm on the November the 25th

Snacks: A range of snacks, soft drinks, energy drinks, tea and coffee will be available to purchase throughout the event.

Hosted by CASSA.

Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/megalan-tickets-39472338828

Please direct any MegaLAN queries to events@cassa.org.au

100GB of free online storage for students.

If you’re an enrolled ECU student you can get 100GB of free storage on the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), this is a high speed fiber optic network jointly owned by 38 Australian Universities and CSIRO. As a result of the university peering arrangements traffic flowing between the ECU campus’ and  AARNet is extremely fast making it the perfect place to store your data both on-campus and from home.

To start head over to CloudStor: https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/

You’ll be presented with a list of participating universities so just scroll down till you find  ‘Edith Cowan University’ and click the link. This will bring you to the Federated Login Page

Once logged in you will have the ability to create folders and upload files.

The user experience is very similar to that of DropBox. You can also share files and folders with other students by creating a sharing link, or entering their student email address. This is very useful for group assignments especially with large files such as virtual machines.

Since your data is stored on AARNet and connected directly to the university your upload and downloads speeds should be noticeably faster than to most other services. For those of us who like to sync files on our local machines to the cloud. That is also an option and is helpfully documented here.

This service is also 100% ad-free so check it out.
AARNet Cloudstor


Call for CoderDoJo Mentors

The School of Science at Edith Cowan University (Joondalup Campus) is seeking volunteers to be a Mentor at ECU CoderDojo (see the Fogarty Foundation CoderDojo WA site).  This is not only a very rewarding activity, but it also looks great on your CV!


CoderDojo is a volunteer-led, worldwide movement of free coding clubs for 7-17 year-old kids (Ninjas). Each Dojo varies and Ninjas who come along can learn how to code and improve their digital literacy skills by working with others and possibly even presenting work.


Who is involved?

Ninjas: Young people aged 7-17 who come along to learn how to code and improve their digital literacy skills.

Champions: The coordinator for Dojo sessions. You don’t need to know how to code to be a Champion!

Mentors: Passionate people who support the Champion and assist the Ninjas. Mentors range from education or tech students, to parents, to professionals in these sectors who are looking to share their knowledge.

The Dojo will be held on Saturday’s from 9am-11:30am (exact dates to be confirmed but hopefuly starting mid-February) and will be located in our computer labs in building 18 on level 2.  All Mentors will need a current Working With Children check (WWC) and will need to complete an online Work Health and Safety induction (WHS).

If you are interested, please contact coderdojo@ecu.edu.au for information regarding the WWC and WHS requirements/process.


So what are you waiting for? Get ready!

Annual General Meeting 2016


CASSA Will be holding its Annual General Meeting on the 25th of November 2016. The agenda for this Annual General Meating is as follows:

  1. Confirmation of minutes
  2. The President’s Report
  3. The Treasurer’s Report; including a Statement of Accounts for the preceding financial year
  4. Reports for each individual subcommittee.
  5. The election of new officers of the association.

The four officer positions up for election are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Please direct any AGM Esquires to Secretary@cassa.org.au

CASSA End of Semester Party (25th November)

cassa_2016_eosJoin us for food, music and drinks at ECU’s Joondalup Tavern on Friday the 25th of November to celebrate and wind down after a long and hard semester!

We will have a live DJ, slushie machines, pool tables, Food and a bar tab! (which will be managed by the committee and distributed in Jugs)

Food will be nibblies and a bit of Pizza later in the night

Entry Fee: (Cash at the door) – STUDENTS ONLY

CASSA Members or Affiliates: $10
Non-Member ECU Students: $15
Extras (+1’s and the like): $15

(PRICE REDUCTION) Online reservations get five dollars off! Just click the link below or the tickets available tab above, enter your full name and student number and you will be on the list!


Reservations: https://goo.gl/forms/2pUTdECaEm2kwTFU2
(You must be on the list and present your student ID at the door to recieve the reduction)

This years end of semester is going to be a tonne of fun so come on down and get rowdy!

Warcraft 3 LAN (Postponed)

Unfortunately due to unforeseen happenings, this event is being postponed to next week, Wednesday the 28th.

Hopefully this doesn’t put any of you out, and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Kind regards,


For the End of the World spell, press control, alt, delete.

Whether you’re Alliance or Horde, join us for a night playing Warcraft 3!
Is Warcraft 3 best game, or best game, in the Warcraft series? Discuss in comments. Answer is best game.

Edith Cowan University Joondalup campus, room 18.208.

Thursday, 22nd of September. Now Wednsday, 28th September. 
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dinner time is at 7:30 PM, and we’ll head down to the first floor to eat.

We’re offering some pizza meal deals on the night.
If you’re not feeling like pizza, BYO food is welcome.

Please note. No food or drink can be consumed in the labs. All food and drink must be consumed on the first floor.

Facebook Event Page!

See you there!


Free Windows 10

Windows may not be free as in freedom but it can be free like beer, at least if you are student at Edith Cowan University. All Edith Cowan University students are eligible for a copy of Windows 10 Education Edition available here. .

In addition to the onthehub key all students in the School of Science can access Dream Spark here for an additional Windows 10 key along with many other useful tools from Microsoft.

Even if you already have Windows 10 home or pro Educational edition gives you all the features of enterprise for free and the bonus of no cortana. So what are you waiting for get your free Microsoft software today!


Who is Bonzibuddy

If you are new to CASSA you might ask yourself, who is this BonziBUDDY chap they keep talking about.  Do not worry my friend we will get you up to speed.  BonziBUDDY is a discontinued personal assistant for Windows XP.  Think Siri or Cortana but a big purple monkey in 1999.  BonziBUDDY or as the cool kids all him the Bonz was way ahead of his time.   Unfortunately Bonzi was unfairly marked as spyware and adware!


Not only that  Bonzi Software the makers of BonziBUDDY where sued into oblivion because  of their deceptive advertising techniques and for violating an American law called COPPA.    We look back and feel this was a huge mistake, had bonziBUDDY been made a few years later or not been a purple monkey he would have revolutionized the industry and become the first data collecting personal assistant on the iPhone.


However years later bonzziBUDY made a glorious come back as the official sponsor of WAHCKon[‘3″} and was immortalized in a medallion and t-shirt, and sticker give to those who attended the event.

For those of you who wish the experience the wonder and excitement that is bonziBUDDY  please visit the internet archive.  For those not familiar with the internet archive it is a websites who’s soul purpose is the preservation on Bonzi so future generations can understand his greatness.


CASSA Website VII: A retrospective

How many sites has CASSA had, well the internet archive goes back to 2005.  I do not know of any  SCISSA sites that existed before then. So for the sake of it we will start with the first from 2005.

The first site, seen bellow was a simple WordPress website and that lasted the club from 2005 to 2008 when it was replaced with a new install of WordPress.  All previous post were lost in this event.


The second this website lasted from October of 2008 to October of 2009 shortly after SCISSA was dissolved and CASSA was born.


The third website, made use of vBulletin and it lasted from some time in 2010 to July 2011, unfortunately I can not get a good screenshot of this site from archive.org


The forth site brought CASSA back to WordPress and lasted from July 2011 until Early 2013.



The fifth Site lasted from 2013 until the start of 2015. This is when CASSA made the jump to Inivision Power Board, a non-free solution that you host yourself.  CASSA was paying a fee to use this software.  It is in September of 2014 I show up and became the tech Admin.  No one in CASSA showed any desire to post to the forums or use the website during my first year as Tech Admin.

I wanted to replace the site with something else, it was was going to be WordPress or Drupal,  I had used both in the past and was leaning more towards WordPress. But JamesT the web admin at the time went to Drupal Con.  James was was super excited for Drupal 8, and I thought it looked cool.  However it was not ready, so I decided to start playing with Drupal 7.  I was working on a replacement site using Drupal and LDAP that was due to be released in early 2015.  However a server malfunction and my desire to leave the locked down ECU infrastructure gave me the opportunity to host the new site on digital ocean.



The sixth site  was the one I setup running Drupal.  To be honest the Drupal site worked great for a while, we had signal sign on using Drupal and OpenLDAP.   Signal sign on was great, at the peak of its use it was linked to ZNC, Redmine and owncloud.

However it had one issue, Drupal is a pain to use and as the number of services increased maintenance became a worry as well.  Not only that I kept having to add more and more stuff to the Drupal install to make it usable for our needs.  For various reasons by early 2016 it was time to do something else.  I was no longer Tech admin the roll was handed off to Damion Brown.  However we worked together to try and figure out what would be best.

One solution involved using GIT , Jekyll and Markdown.  This is a great solution, however you need to know how to use GIT, Jekyll and Markdown.  It would prevent some our less skilled members from posting, and simply make it hard to post on the go.  This is when WordPress came back on the table, late one night at ECU around 4A.M. the crew and I started working on this site.

CASSA - Drupal


The seventh site is up now running WordPress and old posts from sites 1 through 6 are being restored.  So to all future tech admins, learn a lesson.  Work as a team and if you mess with the website you are going to have a bad time.