Cryptogeddon Newsletter – October 18, 2013


Welcome to the official Cryptogeddon Newsletter!

Here’s what I’ll be covering in this newsletter:

  • Mission Pack 3 Launch Challenge
  • Mini Challenge!
  • Official Launch at Sector 2013
  • Kickstarter Project?
  • Request for Additional Feedback
  • In the News
  • Upcoming appearances

Mission Pack 3 Launch Challenge:

Mission Pack 3 is coming very soon and I’m turning the release into a hacking challenge. On launch, I’m going to release the Mission Pack WITHOUT the solution. The challenge is to be among the first to solve the Mission Pack without a solution. The first 3 people to solve the Mission Pack and email me the final “flag” (you’ll know it when you see it) will be added to a special “First Hackers” section within the final Mission Pack that includes the full solution. You’ll have one week to solve the Mission Pack without the solution, after which I will post the full Mission Pack including the solution and the “First Hackers” section (including up to the first 3 people to solve the Mission Pack by the end of the hacking challenge period).

Mini Challenge:

Want to win a free copy of Mission Pack 3? Want to get an email alert as soon as Mission Pack 3 is released (aka a head start)? I’m launching Cryptogeddon’s first Mini Challenge. Here are the rules and the prizes:

Win a free copy of Mission Pack 3 − 1 winner – Be the first person to tweet “I just solved the first @cryptogeddon Mini Challenge. There are no secrets! #Infosec #ctf” AND send an email to me at toddhdow@gmail.com with a copy of the final solution (you’ll know what to send me when you see it).Get an email alert as soon as Mission Pack 3 is released – unlimited winners –tweet “I just solved the first @cryptogeddon Mini Challenge. There are no secrets! #Infosec #ctf” AND send an email to me at toddhdow@gmail.com with a copy of the final solution (you’ll know it when you see it).

The free copy and the email alerts will go out as soon as Mission Pack 3 is available for sale in the Cryptogeddon.com store. I’ll be sending a “Mission Pack 3 is now available” email to my entire distribution list 4 hours after it is available in the sore. That’ll give any early birds a 4 hour head start.

Official Launch at Sector 2013

Sector (Canada’s Premier IT Security Conference) was the initial catalyst behind the creation of Cryptogeddon. Therefore, it was fitting that I used Sector as the official launch trigger for Cryptogeddon. You can read the official press release here.

Kickstarter Project?

I’m debating on running a Cryptogeddon Kickstarter Project. My working title for the project is “The Ultimate Hacker’s Package” and it’ll include a custom Moleskine notebook with the Cryptogeddon logo embossed on the cover and a hacker cheat sheet on the inside cover, a custom USB drive, a t-shirt, printed copies of Mission Packs and more. Anyone interested? Any other suggestions to include in this “Ultimate Hacker’s Package”? Email me or tweet @cryptogeddon with your thoughts.

In the News:

Nat Torkington from O’Reilly Radar listed Cryptogeddon is his Four short links for 17 October 2013. This resulted in the largest one day traffic spike in Cryptogeddon history. Thanks Nat and the O’Reilly team for the shout out!

Slovakian website linuxos.sk mentioned Cryptogeddon in a News article on October 17. (Gotta love Google Translate for helping me understand what the post said!)

Upcoming Appearances:

TASK.TO: I’ll be speaking at TASK.TO (Toronto Area Security Klatch) on the evening of Wednesday October 30. I’ll be offering a repeat performance of my Sector 2013 session entitled, “CRYPTOGEDDON – Sector 2013 Edition: Online Cyber Security War Game”. In this session, I’ll walk the audience through a made-for-Sector-2013 mission pack. Admission and membership for TASK.TO are free. I encourage you to attend and to say hi if you meet me at this event.

Request for Additional Feedback:

I am grateful for your interest in Cryptogeddon and I welcome any feedback that you might be able to offer. There are 3 ways you can do that:

  1. Submit your feedback on the FAQ page.
  2. 2. Complete a feedback survey.
  3. 3. Email me directly at toddhdow@gmail.com.

Thanks again for your support of Cryptogeddon. Keep an eye out for Mission 3, coming soon!

Todd

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