The Games Hackers and Security Professionals Play7 MAY 2020 | Andrew David
Traditionally held both in-person and remotely, CTFs come in all shapes, sizes and flavours. There are contests for teams and for individuals. Some contests are linear with challenges solved in order, others that incorporate an attack and defence component, and some dealing with specific domains like SCADA or automotive security.
Now that we're all essentially stuck indoors, trying to solve CTF challenges is a great way to learn a new skill. What kind of topics are covered?
CTF challenges cover about everything from simple web application bugs to cryptography, reverse engineering, forensics and more. There isn't a guide to getting started with CTFs as the skills needed vary significantly with some targeted towards beginners and others towards seasoned pros to test niche areas of their knowledge.
Check out some of these online challenges you can try from the comfort of your home:
At the most recent HITBLockdown, a competitor from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates won the Open Battle CTF, organised by Hack in the Box, BHC Laboratory and hosted on CybExer Technologies’ cyber range. The 3-day hacking contest attracted students and hacking enthusiasts from across the globe, with more than 150 participants from across the globe, facing 42 various cyber security challenges.
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