I.T. Security and Linux Administration

Dec 4 2011   12:43AM GMT

Can you crack it?

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

Its 12:40 AM here as I’m typing this, on a Saturday night, and what better thing to do than to discuss some security? ūüôā ¬†I’m all for healthy competitions (heck, I even partake in some wargames for the fun of it). ¬†But this is one that could really benefit you. ¬†Here’s the main points: the GCHQ (which is a British government organization) is using the web to recruit new people for their security team. ¬†Now, this may not sound new at all to many because hey, who hasn’t used Craigslist or Monster to get people for a position? ¬†This is different, however. ¬†They are running this website called Can You Crack It? which upon visiting it prompts you with a welcome screen to crack a code. ¬†Once you get the key code, apparently (though I can’t vouche as I haven’t cracked it myself) you’ll be presented with a true welcome screen.

This is pretty intuitive in my opinion. ¬†In fact, I’ll be documenting my progress here during the duration of this project (which ends in 7 days). ¬†Will I get it solved? ¬†Most likely not…I’m not a wiz when it comes to this kind of stuff, but why not try and have some fun with it? ¬†I’m not sure if you can have¬†mulligans¬†with this or not, but it does seem the code is static. ¬†I’ll be posting more about this most likely tomorrow, after I drink some more hot chocolate and try to fuse every single brain cell I have to solve this. ūüėÄ

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