Here's a fun story I like to tell to people about one of the more intimidating challenge categories in the National Cyber League (NCL) Games: Reverse Engineering and Binary Exploitation. I've had plenty of people tell me that so-and-so topic (usually Web App Exploitation or Binary Exploitation) in the NCL Games is too challenging or … Continue reading Reverse Engineering: Fake it until you make it!
The National Cyber League (NCL) is a cyber security capture-the-flag (CTF) competition for high school and undergraduate students in the United States. Whether you’re just getting started in cyber security or have prior experience, competitions are a great way to hone your skills. NCL attempts to combine the polish of other academic competitions with the … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know about the NCL from Someone Who Has Been Around as Long as Kait
NCL and Cyber Skyline shocked everyone with their announcement of a new Forensics category! Hush1e has been conducting cyber forensics informally since the '90s. She speculates on what we might expect to see this Fall 2020 season and shares some tools that could help. (Disclaimer: Just like you, we don't know for sure!)
This is not a Python tutorial. Rather, it's a tutorial on how to effectively share and edit code as a team. Scripting is an important part of the NCL Games, and sharing code with your teammates can be a hassle—but it doesn't have to be! Wolfshirtz shares software recommendations and collaboration tips for a seamless code-sharing experience!
MistressVenom loves to eat logs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and as an awesome 2 AM snack. Let her show you how to analyze logs like a pro, using four of the tastiest methods: manually, Excel, command line, and Splunk!
Intimidated by Wireshark? It's just a fancy spreadsheet! Ghostinth3machine shows you how to filter traffic, follow streams, search, view statistics, and otherwise go from wearing down your scroll wheel to making that fancy spreadsheet work for you!
When CrackStation, hashcat, and the infamous rockyou.txt wordlist aren't cracking those harder passwords, Aaron James shows you where he turns next in this advanced tour of password cracking tools and tricks.
Toolkit limitations? Many NCL challenges can be completed using a single, ubiquitous, user-friendly tool: a web browser! MistressVenom shows you her favorite password cracking websites. Let someone else's computer do the heavy lifting!
From terminology, to tools, to matters of life and death, discover the cryptography lessons that JeanaByte has absorbed from CryptoKait and would now never teach cryptography without!
Don't let the leaderboard blackout take you by surprise! Learn more from Paul Buonopane about improvements made to the dashboard and change notification system, and strap in for a brand new competition domain: FORENSICS!