Beginner Challenges

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The Thanksgiving Bandits

Forensics and Crypto Challenge

Last year, the notorious Thanksgiving Bandits struck for the third time. They stole over 1,000 potatoes that were meant to be mashed for the annual Thanksgiving Day feast. Two years ago, they burgled 400 pounds of cranberries, and they took 104 pumpkin pies the year before that. No one knows how they pull off such masterful heists or what they do with their score, but everyone agrees that they must be stopped at all costs.

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The Legend of the Headless Horseman

Reverse Engineering Challenge 

A mysterious figure has been terrorizing the village of Sleepy Hollow. He rides a massive horse, swings a might scythe and has been collecting heads from any who draw near. A group of locals, Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel and Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt have been working to discover the secret behind this mysterious menace, but just as they were on the verge of putting the pieces together, the Headless Horseman struck! 

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Dragons and Dwarves

Forensics and Crypto Challenge

A wise dragon decided that dwarves were too easily stealing his treasure while he slept. To thwart these villains he has placed his prized possessions inside a magic portal that transmutes the valuables into worthless junk unless one knew the magic pass phrase.

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Unicorns Undercover

Multi-Architecture Shellcode Challenge

You arrive at the meeting location. It's dark The handoff is scheduled to take place at 10 p.m. The unicorns arrive, but you don't see the flag. They approach you and the first one says, "push eax, call joke." The second says, "jalr blankstare." They stare at each other. They stare at you. They aren't speaking the same language. 

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Feed the Magical Goat

Reverse Engineering Challenge

Once upon a time, there was a little reverse engineer who found a special bell. When the bell was struck, they say a magical billy goat appeared looking for food. Everyone knows billy goats will eat anything, but this is all the little reverse engineer had lying around.

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Capture the Flag Challenge

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The Battelle cyber team holds CTFs and information security competitions that challenge participants at all levels of cyber skill sets. If you think you have what it takes, then join our CTF community to learn more about upcoming events, job opportunities, and more. Our next CTF is coming, so stay tuned. 

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Hardware Security Engineers

Do you like working with microelectronics?

Design test articles for hardware security research, and design new prototype methods including electrical, optical, and other sensing modalities for assessing physical and architectural security properties of microelectronics and embedded systems.

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Vulnerability Researchers and Reverse Engineers

Do you like understanding how things work and break?

Discover vulnerabilities and debug programs with tools like gdb or QIRA, create automated, scalable and reverse engineering tools and pipelines. Use and build vulnerability research tools that push past the edge of current tools and techniques. 

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Embedded, Software, Systems, and Network Engineers

Do you like assessing and evaluating new technology?

Provide advanced day-to-day systems analysis and support for monitoring, troubleshooting, configuring, reporting, implementing, installing, and upgrading core infrastructure hardware, storage, software and/or server-based applications

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Program Management and Technical Positions

Do you like understanding delivering critical services to support our clients?

Lead the project team with ultimate responsibility for meeting technical, cost schedule, quality, financial and contractual performance. Conduct research and development, manage laboratories, design and manufacture products. 

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