Welcome to the annual HackFu challenge where you can test yourself against some fiendish puzzles and potentially win some great prizes including the opportunity to attend one of this year's events. The challenges are open to everyone, ranging in difficulty from trivial to diabolical, and will test your problem solving ability, lateral thinking and technical skills. However, there are some terms and conditions relating to the competition and how the prizes will be awarded (see below).
As always, this year's set of challenges will require creative approaches and elegant solutions in the true hacker spirit. There are ten challenges in all, covering a wide range of technical subjects and areas of cyber security.
As always, the challenges follow a unique storyline – this year, it starts like this:
Ever since you first
looked up at the millions of stars in the night sky, you've known that humanity cannot be alone in such a massive universe. And you've known that they – whatever they are – are closer than the common person could imagine. Aliens exist, they're here, and someone is covering it up.
Every sceptical explanation for UFO sightings, crop circles and spaceship crashes you've heard is like an octagon in a circular hole – it has to be forced, and it leaves gaps. You've never accepted these explanations. On some basic level, you know the truth, and only need to prove it.
Now you've gotten closer than ever before, and someone out there doesn't like it. You'll be dead within days unless you can figure out who's after you and what they're trying to hide. A guarded storehouse – an attempt on your life – a mysterious cult – and a series of fiendish logic puzzles. You'll need to crack all of the Hackfu Challenges to find out just what the whole truth is. But can you handle it?
Solving each challenge will give you a passphrase, which can be used to decrypt the solution file for that challenge. In addition to the second part of the story, this file will give you a challenge codename, which can then be submitted along with the email address you used to register and a detailed description of how you solved the challenge (very important!). Each submission will improve your standing on the Hackfu Challenges leaderboard, and increase your chance to win fabulous prizes!
Register to participate in the competition by following the instructions contained in mwr-hackfu-challenge-2017.txt within the challenge file you download.
All accepted entrants will stand a chance to win an invitation
to one of MWR's 2017 HackFu events (held in the UK and South Africa).
Additionally, special prizes are available for South African university
students. For full details please take a look at the prizes page on the challenge website.
There are no restrictions on downloading the challenges; however, in order to be eligible to enter the competition and be in the running for the prizes the following rules apply.