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Easter Challenge - The Mystery of the Missing Easter Bunny

By Chris Andre Dale

The Easter Bunny has been kidnapped, and YOU have to save him! Quickly collect yourself and help save him. Put on your detective hat and start investigating the clues provided.

We managed to intercept a message from the kidnappers. Unfortunately it seems to be scrambled in some way. We also managed to intercept a ciphered message from one of the criminals and the cipher text below. The cipher text was once considered unbreakable, however newer techniques of cryptoanalysis have proven how to beat it. Listen to the intercepted message from the kidnappers, or attack the cipher message. Your choice.

The intercepted message can be played back here:


Winners of the SANS Spectacular Pen Test Video Contest

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends, Romans, and countryman,

I'm delighted to announce the winners to our SANS Spectacular Pen Test Video Contest. Back in January and February, we asked folks to channel their creativity to share some great tips, insights, techniques, and inspiration with other penetration testers. You can read the contest description here.

We got some FANTASTIC entries, and we'd like to thank all who participated. Entries included numerous great technical tips, interesting "acting", noble attempts at humor, and even one Rick Roll, naturally.

So, without further ado (thanks, Ted, for your gracious input), let's announce the winners (click on each picture to see the video). We'll announce the victors in our four categories first, and then select from among them for the GRAND prize winner.

First up, our


Mission Impossible? Thwarting Cheating in an Advanced Pen Test Class CtF: The SANS SEC660 Experience

[Editor's Note: SANS course on advanced pen testing (SEC660) teaches a lot of great, in-depth topics, including exploit development, network manipulation (NAC bypass, Scapy packet crafting, man-in-the-middle attacks, and more), and Python for pen testers with tons of hands-on exercises. The whole class culminates in a full-day, intense capture the flag event, where the winners earn a 660 challenge coin (which includes a cool cipher, natch).

But, when you teach a bunch of skills like that and hold a CtF on the last day, sometimes, a few students get a little too rambunctious in applying their new-found skills. At the risk of being indelicate, I'll come out and say it -- they try to cheat. By using their Python skills along with their MiTM capabilities, they try to snarf flags from other teams


Holiday Challenge 2013: Winners and Answers

And now, after nearly two weeks of intense analysis, detailed deliberation, and outright hand-to-hand combat, our esteemed judges emerge from their bunker, slightly bruised and battered, holding a single sheet of paper upon which, scrawled in blood, are the names of the winning entries to our annual Holiday Hacking Challenge.

In the background, a trumpet fanfare begins boldly proclaiming the announcement, with a scene that looks something like this:

Click here for the full video of the ceremony:

Go ahead and watch that video. It's brilliantly cut and really fun. Don't worry, we'll wait until you are finished with it. OK? Now that you've seen it, we'd


Announcing the SANS Spectacular Pen Test Video Contest!

Great penetration testers, by their very nature, are a creative bunch. Our jobs involve finding flaws, tearing them apart carefully, and artfully explaining our results so an organization can better understand its risk and defend itself.

To provide an outlet for this creativity and to share tips, tools, techniques, and inspiration, SANS is excited to announce:

The SANS Spectacular Pen Test Video Contest

Also known as the SANS SPTVC (rolls off the tongue, now, doesn't it?), the idea here is to share some penetration testing insight, tip, trick, or technique that you've learned on your own or perhaps from a SANS Pen Test Course. Or, you could make an inspirational video about the importance of penetration testing done properly. Record it in video format, edit as you see fit, send it in, and we'll pick the best to win a fine prize. We'll have winners in each of the following categories:

1) Most useful tip

2) Highest production values (with a