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Capture The Flag 1: Kickoff

December 3, 2019 — 5-8 PM

(Posted on 2019-12-03)

Online hacking competition.
Come join us for the kickoff!

What is CTF?

CTF, short for capture-the-flag, is a cybersecurity competition in which participants try to evade security protections on certain exploitable targets to obtain secret information known as flags.

When & Where is the CTF?

Kickoff Day will be on 12-03-19 at Keller Hall 3-111 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM details below.

Kickoff Day

The event itself is online, but we'll be holding a kickoff event in Keller Hall, where we'll do a gentle introduction to CTF. You don't have to come to be able to compete, but if you're not too familiar with CTFs yet, it'll definitely cover all the basics you need to know before you dive in headfirst. The competition will then run on for the next 24 hours online.

What do I need to play?

You don't need to have any background in computer science or programming to participate in the very first CTF, but we do want you to come with an open mind ready to learn. The competition will be covering topics such as analyzing programs for bugs, reverse engineering, basic web technologies, cyberforensics, cryptographic techniques and more!

Technology-wise, you'll definitely need access to a computer, preferably running some flavor of Linux. For this very first competition, we're not going to put many challenges that absolutely require you to have Linux, but if you don't, consider these options:

Other than the environment you use, it's a good idea to have a solid internet connection, and the ability to build or install programs (for which an internet connection is a prerequisite).

Prizes

Not for this event, but a more serious event later in the year will!

Organizers