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NSA Codebreaker Challenge

Participate in the 2017 NSA Codebreaker Challenge!

September 12, 2017 11:08 AM
Challenge materials and instructions can be found at https://codebreaker.ltsnet.net. Students may register with their @umbc.edu email address.

Challenge Scenario (This is a fictitious scenario):
The Department of Homeland Security has requested NSA's assistance in investigating a potential intrusion into U.S. critical infrastructure. Your task is to investigate the intrusion, identify how the systems were compromised, and develop a capability to neutralize the threat. With your help we can secure this system and prevent further attacks on other critical networks.

The challenge is divided into tasks:
  1. Set up a test instance of the system
  2. Analyze suspicious network traffic
  3. Develop a network signature for an IDS
  4. Analyze system components for vulnerabilities
  5. Perform forensic analysis of a compromised endpoint
  6. Craft an exploit to take down the C&C server
  7. Devise a strategy to clean the infected hosts
Challenge materials and instructions can be found at https://codebreaker.ltsnet.net. Students may register with their @umbc.edu email address.

We encourage students to use whatever tools are available. In particular, we recommend Wireshark and/or Microsoft Message Analyzer, IDA Pro, a debugger, and Intel's instruction manuals.
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