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Dinner and talks at Leckhampton (Corpus Christi)

When Mar 21, 2017
from 06:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where Leckhampton, Grange Road
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On Tuesday 21st March we are fortunate to have been invited to join Corpus Christi's graduate students for dinner at Leckhampton, Corpus's graduate colony on Grange Road. Dinner will be followed by two short talks by our very own society members, Alice Hutchings and Michael Lush.

Unlike most dinners PdOC holds in Colleges, this dinner is run by the College for its graduate students, among whom we will be dining. We're very grateful to Corpus Christi College for this opportunity.

Update: there is no particular dress code for this event.

Booking will close at noon on (just extended!) Friday 17th March. So please sign up right away, using the Google Form (here, or follow the "More information..." link). and make your payment using the Paypal button (at the bottom).

The ticket price is £10, which includes your food (please see menu choices on the booking form) but not drinks. Dinner starts at 7pm, and the Leckhampton bar will be open beforehand (from 6.30pm) and afterwards. Before dinner, wine and soft drinks for dinner can be purchased at the bar; we are encouraged to make use of this, rather than bringing our own.

The two interdisciplinary talks combine computing with social-science and historical themes. The abstracts are as follows.

Denial of service attacks for a fee: Understanding ‘booter’ operators
Alice Hutchings (Computer Laboratory)

Abstract: The most frequent users of ‘booter’ or ‘stresser’ services are
online gamers. These services are used to gain an advantage over an
opponent by ‘booting’ them off the game with a denial of service attack.
Booter services have customer-facing websites, whereby payments are taken
for subscriptions, and attacks are requested. In order to understand this
black market resource, we asked those providing the services to tell us
about themselves and their activities. The operation of booter services
requires not just technical expertise, but also information about the
market for denial of service attacks, and how to monetise this. I will talk
about how this knowledge is obtained, exposure to these services, and the
escalation from using to operating booter services, and to other forms of

Data is Evil and must be Deleted
Michael Lush (CR-UK Genetic Epidemiology Unit)

Abstract: A light-hearted meander through IT history covering the lighter side of digital telecommunications and data storage, how ASCII text can play strange tricks and what can be done to detect and fix them. Contains mild Linux, references to Plan 9 from Outer Space, the Model 33 teletype and memes well past their use-by date.



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