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The Hackers Challenge contest is an event held annually during the SAINTCON conference to challenge your skills as a security professional by presenting players with technology, logical, and security related puzzles and challenges.
Roughly defined, the Hackers Challenge contest is a Jeopardy-like progressive game where players are presented with puzzles that require various security and technical skills to solve. Attendees work on these challenges and submit keys collected from solving them in order to earn points. The person with the highest score at the end of the contest wins.
The rules for the Hackers Challenge are loosely defined, but strictly include the following:
Do NOT steal flags from other players
But Social Engineering is fine.
Registration for Hackers Challenge is NOW open. Register at:
You must use the same email address that you registered for SAINTCON with. If you are having problems with this please ask for help in the #hackers-challenge channel on SAINTCON discord.
Contest Start: Tuesday after keynotes AND lunch. 1:00 PM – Mountain Time
Contest Finish: Friday, 10:00 AM – Mountain Time
Decode the messages in the attached images and email me at precon [ a t ] UtahSAINT.org. Your subject should be the misspelt word. Include an interesting message for me.
The image showing now is v2, with a revised inner circle of text. The original IS solvable if you have it, but significantly less intuitive and much harder.