28 Apr 2021
We saved the Earth! After 5 crazy and intense days, Cyber Apocalypse CTF 2021 is over. It was our first global community Capture The Flag competition and we are excited to call it a success: from the 19th until the 23rd of April, 9,900 players and 4,700 teams joined and fought hard to reach the top of the scoreboard.
Cyber Apocalypse CTF 2021 in a nutshell:
Our First Global Community CTF
The event was a teamwork masterpiece that took weeks of preparation, brainstorming, coding, and Sci-Fi movie watch-parties (we needed to come prepared after all). We all wanted to find a way to thank our awesome community, and what’s better than a free and beginner-friendly hacking competition? A place to hack the best content, compete to win divine prizes, and interact with the community.
Cyber Apocalypse was announced, after releasing mysterious teasers scattered across our social media platforms, on 11th of March 2021. Being an extraordinary event, we wanted to go above and beyond, making it not just a hacking competition but a story full of enthusiasm and suspense from the very beginning until the last second.
A special event needed a unique and riveting story: our planet got hacked!
The 22nd of April is International Earth Day and, guess what, the Earth was hacked by malicious extraterrestrials. Their ultimate plan was to seize control of our planet. Will the Hack The Box community be able to push the aliens back from where they came?
Cyber Apocalypse CTF 2021
This is how we created Cyber Apocalypse CTF 2021 by Hack The Box & CryptoHack, a non-stop Capture The Flag competition starting on Monday, 19th of April 2021 at 12:00 UTC and ending on Friday, 23rd of April 2021 at 18:00 UTC. A must-go event for every cybersecurity enthusiast!
This CTF was designed for all levels of knowledge from infosec beginners to cybersecurity enthusiasts, advanced hackers and for everyone who wanted to join our squad to test their skills. In order to make this event the most inclusive and fun CTF competition, we aimed to focus on beginner-friendly challenges (easy to medium difficulty) with a broad range of categories: Web, Pwn, Forensics, Hardware, Reversing, Crypto, and Misc. Every participant would be able to find something for their tastes and skills.
Top-Notch Hacking Content (61 Challenges - 7 Categories)
Next step? Providing to our community the best CTF challenges, with a Sci-Fi flavour! HTB content creators have years of experience by participating in all big Capture The Flag events out there. We decided to form a team of Subject Matter Experts and give you the most supreme hacking experience with amazing themed content for Jeopardy-Style CTF lovers.
But that’s not all. We are glad to partner with the CryptoHack team in our event to create the most advanced crypto challenges: from everyday and real-life cryptography algorithms to the most extraordinary math problems.
Curious to have just a sneak-peek?
...and 58 more themed challenges divided into different difficulty levels: 23 Easy, 27 Medium, 9 Hard, and 3 Insane. Can you feel the X-Files rewatch vibes?
Hack For A Good Cause
During the CTF, every player had also the opportunity to participate in a bigger cause. For every challenge with at least one solve, we made a donation to Code.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science education and increasing participation by young women and students from underrepresented groups. By the end of the CTF, Hack The Box donated $3,000 to the mission of Code.org!
Who made it to the top of the scoreboard? It was a battle to the last flag!