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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
|What to Bring?|
|1||$5 Fee Per Person|
|2||Laptop and Charger|
|3||Your Google Skillz|
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.
Don't forget to click the little question mark next to each box for a hint if you get stuck!
What are these mushrooms called? Both the common name and the binomial name will work.
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 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: