Fri, 11 Sept. 2015, 19:00 UTC — Sat, 12 Sept. 2015, 23:00 UTC 


STEM CTF event.

Format: Jeopardy Jeopardy

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In support of STEM outreach, MITRE and (ISC)²® is hosting the annual national Capture the Flag (CTF) competition.High school and undergraduate college students will have the opportunity to compete in cybersecurity challenges to gain real-life experience and win national coverage to make a huge impact. Notable industry and academic experts have partnered together to design rigorous challenges for students to solve. Competing in teams of four, students will gain the necessary tools to compete in the nationwide competition.

Winning teams will have the opportunity to receive a college scholarship, vouchers to take the SSCP® Exam, as well as early regard for MITRE’s Industry Partner Cyber Internship program*. *Participation in MITRE’s Cyber Internship program is subject to an interviewing process and based on current business needs.

KT. – Sept. 12, 2015, 6:17 a.m.

Is there a scoreboard for those who does not play?

king.of.irc.and.perl.aka.dwn – Sept. 13, 2015, 11:01 p.m.

hands down the worst CTF of all time. no reversing, no pwning, none of the challenges required any programming. their top level cryptography challenge was a riddle written in galifreyan (language from hit TV show "doctor who"). they had a category for using metasploit whose uptime allowed only certain teams to score.

one challenge was in a category called "traditional" and the flavor text was akin to "theres a virus in my files!! <link to zip>", the zip contained images of butterflies and a Thumbs.db file. the solution was to strings the zip -- get a youtube link at the bottom -- go to the youtube video, write down each of the sentences that appear for a single frame -- SORT THEM BY LENGTH (there was no hint/text to indicate this) -- and submit the first letter of each sentence as a flag.

my team's score was manually fucked with(reduced by about half) after I told them their challenges were bad in IRC (as we were first place before this)

you are kicked from their IRC for saying "bad words," and they're totally serious

do n o t waste time with this next year folks. do not ever give this CTF any weight.

h0twinter – Sept. 14, 2015, 9:14 p.m.

I second on that...the crypto challenges are mostly forensics, The other highest point problem in crypto took me 10 seconds to solve and it should be categorized as stego. We ran out of problems to do during the competition and had to wait for people to click their emails in order to get a shell on their machine. Their IRC are really annoying too, admins are spamming them the entire time. Oh, forgot to mention the so called mobile challenge that most people just ditched it. We had no idea what to do with that at all. And I got confused on the virus thing too...