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2021 Codebreaker Challenge

Hello, World!

We at NSA are excited to announce the 2021 Codebreaker Challenge is now live! To get started, head over to nsa-codebreaker.org/register and sign up with your school email. We’re really excited to watch you excel this year!

In this year’s challenge, you’ll detect and respond to a compromise in a Defense Industrial Base company’s network. Each task in this year’s challenge will require a range of skills. Network forensics, reverse engineering with Ghidra, vulnerability analysis, and exploitation are all in scope. We need you to call upon all of your technical expertise, your intuition, and your common sense.

This year, we’re piloting a Discord channel, giving access to a Community of Practice to help you get started. We’ll also host two technical talks this fall, giving you a chance to hear from some of NSA’s experts. Stay tuned!

Good luck. We hope you enjoy the challenge!
NSA Academic Engagement

2021 Challenge Scenario:

NSA has found a foreign actor’s command-and-control server. Several defense industrial base (DIB) company networks are communicating with it.

Your mission is to:
1. Identify how the actor gained access to the company network
2. Analyze the actor’s tools and comms protocols
3. Interact with the actor’s server to recover additional information about their infrastructure

Who: U.S. Based Academic Institutions
What: Annual NSA-themed challenge event
Where: nsa-codebreaker.org
When: August 2, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Sign Up to Join the Challenge today!

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