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Post Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:38 am

[Article]-Santa Claus is Hacking to Town

This is Ed's 5th Xmas-themed challenge overall, and third annual on EH-Net. Have fun!

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Happy holidays, challenge fans!  In the spirit of the season, I’ve written a Santa Claus challenge for you, titled “Santa Claus is Hacking to Town.”  This one is adapted from the classic 1970 Rankin & Bass television production, which used stop-motion animation and nifty puppets to tell the story of Kris Kringle.  As a child, this was one of my favorite Christmas TV specials, and I’m thrilled to recast it as an ethical hacking challenge.  You don’t need to be familiar with the original TV show to participate in the challenge, of course.  Analyze the clues, devise your strategy, and carefully answer the questions to win a prize.  Answers are due by December 31, 2008.  We’ll choose three winners (best technical answer, most creative answer that is technically correct, and a random draw winner) to get a copy of my book, Counter Hack Reloaded, the ultimate stocking stuffer.  Even if you can’t answer all the questions, send in your best guess to qualify for that random draw slot.

Even though you don’t have to be familiar with the original TV show to answer the challenge questions, for those of you who haven’t seen the original Santa Claus is Coming to Town TV show or want to relive that childhood wonder of watching Kris Kringle grow up into Santa, you can watch its five parts on YouTube here:

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5
And now… on with the challenge!


--Ed Skoudis
Co-Founder, InGuardians, SANS Fellow, EthicalHacker.net Challenge Master, Author of Counter Hack Reloaded, Santa Elf Trainee




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Post Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:30 pm

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Lmao. This one looks interesting, I got a laugh at how the teacher see's the nmap DVD and changes her mind. This one's lookin good. Thanks for the information and a good laugh.
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Post Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:36 am

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Submitted to digg. Help share this little gem of a Holiday Gift with the masses:

http://digg.com/security/Santa_Claus_is ... _to_Town_2

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Post Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:43 am

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I guess I was a little late for this :(

"This video has been removed due to terms of use violation. "

EDIT: only the old videos, found the link to the comp!
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:45 am

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Tomorrow is the last day to send in your entries. Just remember, even if you can't get everything, at least send in something to qualify for the random drawing.

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ummm I send in mine yesterday and keeping my fingers crossed :)
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:04 pm

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I already have a copy of the prize, so I figured I'd leave this one for other folks  ;D
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:06 pm

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me too !! which I happen to win in other challenge :) .. It is always fun to give it a shot :)
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:14 pm

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I completely agree, these challenges are great and are always a fun thinking exercise. Whether you win the challenge or not, it's always fun to try to figure out how to solve these problems, and then to see how others solved it when the challenge is done. 
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:20 pm

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Ok, ok, so I was just being lazy  8)
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:24 pm

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Dude you still have a day and a half to do it :)
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