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RunCode problem returns with coding, pwning puzzles—and prizes


Enlarge / Seize the flag together with your code within the RunCode problem this weekend.Getty Pictures

It is Veterans Day weekend once more, which implies it is time for the return of RunCode, an annual capture-the-flag type programming and data safety competitors run by a non-profit group fashioned by a group of volunteers (lots of them with day jobs within the navy) three years in the past.

Initially a straight coding competitors that supported a number of languages, RunCode developed final 12 months towards extra of a safety focus—although its challenges nonetheless contain writing code to beat the puzzles. Factors are amassed with the completion of every problem, based mostly on its stage of problem. At the moment, the competition options 17 “simple”, 9 “intermediate”, and three “laborious” challenges. The duties embrace challenges in networking, math, encryption, forensics, “pwning”, reverse-engineering, internet hacking, amongst others.
The prizes embrace a one-year subscription to the penetration testing coaching web site Hack the Field, a WiFi Pineapple Nano from Hak5, a Four-gigabyte Raspberry Pi Four, a RTL software-defined radio package, and a WarCollar Industries DopeScope 2.zero Wi-Fi looking device (very helpful for locating Wi-Fi hotspots and catching the “fox” throughout wi-fi challenges at hacker cons). Relying on participation, extra prizes could also be added, in keeping with occasion organizers.
The competition began at 5 PM Jap on Friday, nevertheless it runs till eight AM on November 11—so you continue to have a while to rack up factors if you’d like one thing else to do together with your time beside watching sports activities ball.