[Article]-Spooky Warfare Hacking Contest

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    • #7906
      Don Donzal
      Keymaster

      Looks like our latest contest master is at it again. Jason Andress has taken over control of the hacking contests here on EH-Net. Hopefully they are not disappointing all you EH-Netters out there. I wager that it’s not.

      Have fun and hurry as this one has 2 level of prizes!

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      By Jason Andress

      It’s scary how the field of cyber warfare is developing. Not only nation-states but also rogue groups with varying agendas find interesting ways to communicate. Even if you catch them, can you decipher the plot against you? Whether they attack governments, companies or even you personally, the stakes are high. To test your skills, I can only say one thing… It’s contest time again!

      From those of you that were victi… err participated in the last contest, you’ll find a few familiar items, as well as a number of new puzzles as well. This time around we will be testing your observations skills, coding skills, code-breaking skills, and even more. Rest assured that much gleeful cackling took place whilst this series of puzzles was being developed. Additionally, we will be giving away fabulous prizes. Don, tell them what they might win…

      DerbyCon is SOLD OUT, but we have 3 tickets for the first 3 participants to break the code in Part I. Send the decrypted results ASAP to spookywarfare ( at ) ethicalhacker . net.
      – Signed copies of the upcoming Syngress book, The Basics of Cyber Warfare, by Jason Andress and Steve Winterfeld go to 3 of those who entered by Midnight on Halloween (Details below).

      For this go around, you’ll have a chronologically ordered set of clues to help you along your way, couched in the form of a bit of my own personal doggerel. So let’s get going.

      Good luck,
      Don

    • #49944
      UNIX
      Participant

      Nice, I’ll give it a try if time permits. 🙂

    • #49945
      jason
      Participant

      The more the merrier 🙂 Contest-induced swearing and teeth gnashing brings on that special feeling we get in the cockles of our hearts, maybe below the cockles, maybe in the sub-cockle area, maybe in the liver, maybe in the kidneys, maybe even in the colon.

    • #49946
      blackazarro
      Participant

      Me wants ticket!  🙂 Let me give this a try. My hack-fu is kinda of rusty… he he.

    • #49947
      Jamie.R
      Participant

      Sounds like a good fun

    • #49948
      jason
      Participant

      Good fun to watch too 🙂

    • #49949
      Don Donzal
      Keymaster

      Hey All,

      No one broke it yet. I did get some who sent messages about deciphering Clue #1. Just figuring out the riddle that is Clue #1 is not what we’re looking for you to solve.

      To be even more clear… Clue #1 takes you to a location where it should be obvious that something needs to be decrypted. Break the code at that location and email the answer to us. That is what we consider finishing Part I.

      Hope that helps,
      Don

    • #49950
      blackazarro
      Participant

      I think I too solved the riddle. I’ve been trying to decrypt that thing since last night.

    • #49951
      jason
      Participant

      Keep after it. There’s a subtle clue on how to decrypt the code built right into it  8)

    • #49952
      m0wgli
      Participant

      @nebu10uz wrote:

      I think I too solved the riddle. I’ve been trying to decrypt that thing since last night.

      Me too,  I know the feeling. I’ve been having a go whenever I get the opportunity, which unfortunately isn’t as much as I’d like. 🙁

      However, I do enjoy these challenges as I always learn something from them.  🙂

    • #49953
      jason
      Participant

      I learn a few things too. We had some solutions from the last contest that went in unexpected directions and still managed to get there. That makes them even better in my book  ;D

    • #49954
      S3curityM0nkey
      Participant

      Reminds me a little of bad High School poetry!  😛

    • #49955
      jason
      Participant

      Perhaps even Vogon poetry…

    • #49956
      jason
      Participant

      We have our first completer of the first section. Great job!

    • #49957
      jason
      Participant

      2 people through the first part now  😮

    • #49958
      Data_Raid
      Participant

      Jason, here’s something for you  😉 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XZGHOxnCto

    • #49959
      jason
      Participant

        ;D

    • #49960
      jason
      Participant

      We have our first entry for completing the contest! Don’t forget, you need to send in a writeup of your solution.

      – 1 report will be deemed the best and will not only win a signed copy for the participant but will also be published in the announcement article.
      – 2 reports will be randomly selected from all winners, and the authors get signed copies.

      We also have 1 DerbyCon ticket remaining for finishing of the first part of the challenge.

    • #49961
      UNIX
      Participant

      I didn’t think I’d be the first one. I will forward you my write-up of the challenge in the coming days. 😀

    • #49962
      jason
      Participant

      Awesome job! Can’t wait to see how you got there. That’s really the most fun part of the whole thing 🙂

    • #49963
      blackazarro
      Participant

      Congrats aweSEC! I gotta find some time to do this challenge.

    • #49964
      jason
      Participant

      A couple small hints, for those having trouble getting past the code:

      Experience is the teacher of all things

      Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent

      and for those stuck on the next part:

      I got your magic number
      I’m gonna push your buttons

    • #49965
      hayabusa
      Participant

      Finally stumbled through part 1.  Praying the rest doesn’t tease me as much…

    • #49966
      jason
      Participant

      Depending on where you are in the contest, you may see a brief lapse in accessibility to some of the bits today as I switch hosting providers. Justhost seemed to have trouble understanding why I had issues with a 3x hike in the cost of their service  >:(

    • #49967
      hayabusa
      Participant

      No worries, and thanks for replying, when I asked about it, today.  As usual, you’re punctual!

    • #49968
      jason
      Participant

      OK, contest bits are now back online. The rest of everything is still in a bit of a shambles, but I’ll get that fixed up in the next day or so.

    • #49969
      jason
      Participant

      More clues:

      You’ll need two turtles to win this fray, one of them is hiding and one is locked away.

      In order to win the imprisoned one, bind the galaxy together and get on with the fun.

      The turtle that’s hiding will make you vent your spleen. Its very true that its not easy being green.

      Once you have them both, you might get a nip. They’re a bit wild, get out your chair and whip.

    • #49970
      Don Donzal
      Keymaster

      Last day and only 1 survived? Come on, Man!!  😮

      Don

    • #49971
      hayabusa
      Participant

      I ran out of time.  Sorry gents.  Can’t wait, though, to see how aweSEC did it all.  Congrats, man! (assuming nobody else nails it, first)

    • #49972
      UNIX
      Participant

      Is it possible to extend the deadline, so others can continue to work on it and eventually solve it as well? From a technical point of view, my solution is rather disappointing. 😉

    • #49973
      Don Donzal
      Keymaster

      We can extend this as long as we know people are playing. The deadline is really a way to limit the number of winners of the signed books. So after tomorrow, if we don;t have 3 that finished the challenge, then it siply becomes the first 3 to finish get the signed copies of Jason’s book.

      On the other hand, we won;t extend it indefinitely as many want to know the solution.

      Sound like a plan?

      Don

    • #49974
      hayabusa
      Participant

      works for me

    • #49975
      rattis
      Participant

      I like this plan. wish I had the time to give it more than 5 minutes thought. Jason said I should be able to solve it, back at Derby, but really time is a factor, and I feel like I’ve forgot so much.

    • #49976
      UNIX
      Participant

      @don wrote:

      Sound like a plan?
      Don

      Sounds good. 🙂

    • #49977
      UNIX
      Participant

      Is anyone still working on this one?

    • #49978
      hayabusa
      Participant

      I stopped working on it, a while ago.  Had too much else going on.  Might revisit it, soon, if it’s left up / open.

      Otherwise, looking forward to seeing the ‘how to”s

      ;D

    • #49979
      jason
      Participant

      Yup, all the bits are still up 🙂

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