What is a CTF?

A CTF (Capture-The-Flag) is a cybersecurity competition that involves a variety of different computer skills. MetaCTF will test your security skills and googling abilities with problems from reconnaissance to web exploitation to cryptography.

You keep saying flag. What is a flag?

Answers to problems are called "flags." This is usually obtained by cracking the cipher, pwning the application, etc. The whole goal in CTFs is to find the flag. Finding the flag is akin to getting a balloon in a programming competition.

Did we mention prizes? You can win sweet prizes.

We aren't announcing this year's prizes yet, but they are being sponsored from several top local companies. In the past, we have given away Steam Links, Raspberry Pis, battery packs, wireless keyboards, and more!

Don't have a team? We can help.

Even if you don't have a team, you can definitely still come to the competition. We will pair you up with other students to form a super awesome team at the event.

Halp! I don't know any cybersecurity stuff!

You are still welcome to come. In fact, you'll probably even learn more than your peers. We will have several helpers giving plenty of hints and assitance throughout the competition. Additionally, all the problems are designed to teach you how to do them.

But I want to learn now!

Google is your best friend to learn everything. We have also put together a great page of resources at https://metactf.com/resources to help introduce you to the different concepts. Below you will also find some practice problems.

Event Info:

Deep Run High School

Saturday, August 14th

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Lunch provided

$5 Fee Per Person

Open to all MS/HS Students

No Experience Needed

Epic Prizes

Questions? contact@metactf.com

Register now!
What to Bring?
1 $5 Fee Per Person
2 Laptop and Charger
3 Your Google Skillz
4 Your Teammates
MetaCTF Flyer

When in doubt, Google it!

Google (or Bing, Yandex, etc) is by far the best tool for CTFs. When stuck, it is usually the first place you check to find the answer.

Practice Problems (with answers)

Don't forget to click the little question mark next to each box for a hint if you get stuck!

Reconnaissance - Google Skillz

What are these mushrooms called? Both the common name and the binomial name will work.


Miscellaneous - Binary Shimary

Computer Scientists have a very simplistic view on the world - there are only two numbers: 0s and 1s. In fact, we represent pretty much everything with just these two numbers. Decode this string to find the flag:

01010111 01101000 01101111 00100000 01100011 01110010 01100101 01100001 01110100 01100101 01100100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01101101 01101111 01100100 01100101 01110010 01101110 00100000 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00100000 01101110 01110101 01101101 01100010 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110011 01111001 01110011 01110100 01100101 01101101 00111111


Cryptography - Shifty Letters

Cryptography is the art of securing information through a series of various techniques and algorithms. Look for a type of encryption that is named after the first Roman Emperor to decrypt this message: A_Se_Uswksj


Reverse Engineering - Super Secure Login

Visit young Neo's SSL (Super Secure Login). Since he calls it SSL, it is obviously secure, right? I bet you can't figure out Morpheus' password.


Web Exploitation - Tokyo Teleportation

Did you know that you can use Chrome Developer Tools to spoof your browser's location? Visit this page and convince it that you are in Tokyo!