The space on TV (NOS op 3) in an interview about the hacked Icloud accounts

Our hackerspace was used for an interview, a nice overview how good it looks after the renovation:

Open brief aan OM: Hacken

Geacht Openbaar Ministerie,

Op uw website staan diverse documenten over "hacken". Het valt ons op dat het OM onze bezigheid stelselmatig zonder voorbehoud, maar geheel ten onrechte, uitlegt als criminelehandeling. Wij, als beoefenaars van een beroep en hobby, worden door het OM afgeschilderd als criminelen. Ter vergelijking: sommige professionele en hobbymatige chauffeurs bumperkleven en brengen daarmee onnodig levens in gevaar. Echter, lang niet alle bestuurders van motorvoertuigen houden zich daarmee bezig. De volgende voorstelling zou bizar en onjuist zijn:
"Autorijden, dat is steeds gevaarlijk kort achter andere auto's rijden."

Randomdata opened it's webshop

A short notice:
Due to the large interest in the HITBadge / Project-S we decided to open a small webshop where we can sell Randomdata it's projects.
The profit will be used for the Randomdata Foundation to start new initiatives.

Go check it out at: This page

Randomdata at Hack in The Box / Haxpo 2014 Amsterdam + The Inner Workings of Project-S

Randomdata will be present next week at the Hack in The Box Haxpo, you will find us at booth number 43.
In the past few months Ardillo and Fish_ and a bunch of volunteers have been working on a project called Project-S for HITB. The “S” stands for
Secret, Supercool, Strange, Special and a lot of other “super” words.

During one of the HITB NL core crew meetings we spoke about doing
“something extra” for the fifth Amsterdam edition of the HITB security
conference and to mark the first ever HITB Haxpo and after an evening of
brainstorming we knew what we wanted.

What is Project-S?

Project-S is an Über Badge
we created for Hack in The Box / Haxpo 2014 Amsterdam – a fully
functional Arduino with some extra features thrown in for extra hacky

So what are these features?

The HITB Crew will have a badge with all components on-board
including some wireless communications – it also contains some LED’s as
well and after the conference you can use it as a regular Arduino

What? Only the HITB crew gets a badge?

NO! We have badges for sale at the Randomdata booth (NL-043)! Be sure you get it fast though because we have only 133.7 badges to sell!
We have fully completed badges as well as badges that require you to
get your soldering hackf00 on! Don’t know how to solder? Worry not, as Mitch Altman is on hand right next door (NL-044) to teach you how!

Can I pre-order a badge then?

No, sorry…

Can I see it now?

We’ve done even better – check out this video!

What else?

After the conference we might release some more goodies for the badge
for you to expand its functionality further. Got an idea you think we
should implement? Stop by the Randomdata booth :-)

What can we do at the Randomdata booth?
- Solder your own HITB / Haxpo Badge

- Buy your own badge and goodies

- Learn how the project works

- see what projects where done by Randomdata in 2013/2014

- 28th May 16:00 at the Haxpo track we will tell you in 30 minutes who we did managed project-S

So where are you waiting for, come over to the Haxpo!

Privacy Cafe Zaterdag, 17 May, 2014 - 13:30 to 16:30

Privacy Cafe is een gezellige bijeenkomst waar hackers je helpen met het beveiligen van je computer en je communicatie.

Sinds de onthulingen van Edward Snowden zijn steeds meer mensen geinteresseerd in digitale zelfverdediging. En het mooie is: veel van de tools en tactieken die It professionals, hackers en andere nerds gebruiken zijn helemaal niet zo moeilijk om te begrijpen. Maar je moet ze net even weten te vinden.

Een privacy Cafe?
Privacy Cafe is een gezellige informele bijeenkomst waarbij o.a. enkele deelnemers van Randomdata je helpen bij het beveiligen van je computer.Soortgelijke events worden regelmatig georganiseerd, meestal onder cryptische naam "crypto party".
In samenwerking met

Dit event komt tot stand in samenwerking met Xander Bouwman (vrijwilliger bij Bits of Freedom), Randomdata (de Utrechtse Hackerspace), de Bibliotheek Utrecht en Setup.
Waar en wanneer is het?

17mei, in de centrale bibliotheek van Utrecht, van 13:30 tot 16:30u
Wat moet ik meenemen?

De apparaten die je wilt beveiligen. Vooral je laptop, maar ook in je smartphone kunnen we soms helpen te beveiligen.

Open hackerspaceday at Randomdata a big success

The open day, already a month ago, can righteously be called a great success. With more than 50 visitors during the entire day it was very busy at times.

The audience was remarkably diverse, ranging from hackers to housewives and from neighbours to nerds, all with different questions and interests.

Luckily a tantamount diversity of activities was prepared and there was something to anyone's taste.
Examples of these activities were 3D printing a tardis keychain hanger or a talk about how to hack into a cheap wireless alarm.
All of which accompanied by generally socializing and playful discussions on technology and security.

We are all looking forward to next years edition of this great event! So put it in your agenda for next year, again at the fourth saturday of march! (or last saturday of march?)

Open Hackerspace day NL: march 29


On Saturday March 29th, Randomdata participates in the international open Hackerspaces day . Anyone who wants to see what we do and how we work is welcome to visit our hackerspace between 12:00 and 20:00.

Our doors will be open all day for anyone with a general interest in programming, 3D printing, electronics, etc...  During the open day we also have a number of activities in which you can participate:

  • there will be an "arduino 101" which gives you the opportunity to get started with electronics and microcontrollers;
  • there will be a demonstration of how to crack a wireless home-alarm;
  • you can see a 3D printer in action and print your own 3D design;
  • and you can see some of our current projects.

Want to know more? Come and visit us at the Parkstraat in Utrecht! See the contact page for details on how to get in.

Mate Statistics 2013

Mate stats 2013

The clubmate stats are announced!

HITR2NDB 2013 Edition

Hitr2ndb logo

In December the groups Hack in The Box, 2600NL and Randomdata organized again a new edition of HITR2NDB (Hack In The Random 2600 NL Data Box).

The agenda was promising again from hardcore tech to inspiring community talks:

  • Opening – by Fish_ and Junk
  • RIPE aTTYlas – by Ardillo
  • Speed and Size-Optimized Implementations of the PRESENT Cipher for
    Tiny AVR Devices – by Kostas Papagiannopoulos and Aram Verstegen
  • ‘What is Deeeezzzzeeee?’ Got root < 5 minutes – by SYNNACK
  • The Noble Art of Wasting Time – by Peter ‘blasty’ Geissler
  • One gadget to rule them all – by Brainsmoke
  • #HOSSEL DIE SMATJE – by Flunk
  • The Dubai Taxi Driver – by Mark Fonseca Rendeiro

You can find the video’s of HITR2NDB at the youtube channel of Randomdata

Where is your data?

Last months there was a lot of news about PRISM where Snowden told the people what the capabilities the secret services in America and the UK possess.
This news had a lot of impact but we didn't see a lot of people moving in the Netherlands. Therefore we spoke with NRC Next to see how we could facilitate in making the PRISM issue more touchable to the public. We decided to create a tool for the NRC Next where they where able to investigate email traffic of large Dutch companies. Companies that are processing sensitive and/or private information, assumable also by email.
The result is quite interesting and therefore we decided to make a part of this toolset also available to the public called: (, see below).
The tool searches for the domain name servers of your email address' its domain, it will do a check on the location of these server by matching it to the GEOIP database.
NRC Next used a more advanced version of the tools where also WHOIS and Traceroutes where combined to the final conclusions.

Note: not only the location of the mailservers is a risk within PRISM, also the location of the entity and its sysadministration of your mailservers is a risk.

So what to do?
First check where your mailservers are located with our prismdigger:

If your mailservers are located in the USA: GET AWAY, move to a new provider etc.
If your mailservers aren't located in the USA, it still could be an American entity, to be sure: ask your provider.

With our "simple tool" we hope to make it more visable to the public on where your email is being processed. If you have any question, just let us know.


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