Cybersecurity

The Huntress CTF Event is Here!

By TFH,

Published on Sep 26, 2023   β€”   2 min read

Are You Ready to Capture the Flag? 🚩

Greetings, cybersecurity enthusiasts, ethical hackers, and keyboard warriors! It's that time of the year again when your skills are put to the ultimate test. No, we're not talking about your annual performance review; we're talking about the Huntress Capture The Flag (CTF) event!

Event Timeline:

πŸ“… October 2, 12:00 PM ET - November 1, 12:00 PM ET
🎯 New challenges released every day!

The Prize Pool: Where 'TBD' Stands for 'Totally Big Deal'

The stakes are high, and the rewards? Well, they're To Be Determined (TBD), but knowing Huntress, they're bound to be as epic as a zero-day exploit that's just been patched. The top five participants with the highest points will be crowned the potential winners. And yes, you read it rightβ€”potential winners. You'll have 72 hours to confirm your win via email, or else you'll be as forgotten as an outdated firewall.

Team Dynamics: Because There's No 'I' in 'CTF'

If you're planning to participate as a team, remember: sharing is caring, but not when it comes to cheating. If any team member is caught bending the rules, your team will be disqualified faster than you can say "SQL Injection."

The Do's and Don'ts: A Polite Way of Saying 'Follow the Rules'

  1. Don't Attack the Infrastructure: This isn't DEFCON; keep your focus on the challenges.
  2. No Automated Scanners: Sorry, but sqlmap and Metasploit need to sit this one out.
  3. No Brute-Forcing Flags: This isn't a door; you can't kick it down.
  4. No Flag Sharing: What happens in the CTF, stays in the CTF.
  5. Ask for Help, Politely: If you're stuck, reach out, but don't beg for hints like it's the end of the world.

Flag Format: It's Like Finding Waldo, but for Hackers

The flags will follow the format flag{[0-9a-f]{32}}. Think of it as an MD5 hash wrapped in curly braces, a warm hug from the Huntress team.

Community & Support: Where Everybody Knows Your Handle

Got questions? Need a morale boost? Join the Huntress community on Discord. Look for the #ctf-general-chat channel under the Banter category. For technical issues, there's a #create-a-ticket channel because, let's face it, even hackers need customer service.

The Fine Print: Because Lawyers

  • Must be 18 years or older to participate.
  • Employees of Huntress are not eligible (Sorry, Bob from accounting).
  • For the full legalese, visit Official Contest Rules.

Final Thoughts: Are You Up for the Challenge?

So, are you ready to dive into this digital treasure hunt? Will you be the one to capture the flag, or will you be left debugging your life choices? Either way, it's going to be a month of adrenaline-pumping, keyboard-smashing, and possibly, prize-winning fun!

As the clock ticks down to the start of this exhilarating Capture the Flag event, we at 'The Final Hop' want to extend our best wishes to all participants. Whether you're a seasoned ethical hacker or a newbie dipping your toes into the vast ocean of cybersecurity, this is your moment to shine.

Remember, it's not just about the flags or the prizes; it's about the journey, the learning, and the community you'll build along the way. So gear up, set your VPNs, and may your code be as clean as your intentions. Best of luck, and happy hacking!

Let the games begin, and may the flags be ever in your favor!

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