Ghost in the Shellcode is an annual capture-the-flag contest that takes place every winter -- generally in January, but sometimes in February. The contest previously was hosted live from the ShmooCon Hacker Convention in Washington, DC. Since 2012, the contest has been available online to all competitors.
Ghost in the Shellcode VII
8-9 January 2016 Postponed
New Date: TBA
30 December 2015
Ghost in the Shellcode 2016 has been postponed. Sorry everyone! We'll announce a new date later this year.
25 September 2015
Ghost in the Shellcode 2016 will commence on 8 January 2016! The competition will be hosted fully online and will be open to all competitors. Stay tuned for more updates!
18 January 2015
Game is over! Top 3 are PPP, Samurai, and KAIST GON. More detailed scores to follow.
4 January 2015
More information on Pwn Adventure 3 has been posted.
13 December 2014
2015 Teaser is live!
12 December 2014
Ghost in the Shellcode 2015 was announced as one of the 6 pre-qualifying events for the Defcon 23 CTF Finals. This is the third year we've been a pre-qualifier!
Ghost in the Shellcode is a jeopardy-style capture-the-flag competition. The contest features many pwnables, binary reverse engineering, and crypto challenges. Sometimes all at once. We've been known to release forensics, networking, and web guessing challenges as well, but those aren't guaranteed. You should also expect some mild-emulator development, alternate-architecture exploitation, and shellcoding challenges.
Some details about Ghost in the Shellcode:
How do you top the world's first hacking CTF played live in an actual custom CTF/MMORPG? By doing it again, and even better! We've even got a dedicated website at pwnadventure.com where you can find out more information about this new world of Pwnie Island, this time a true open-world game, with more challenges unique to game hacking.
For our fifth year (in January 2014), we released Choose Your Pwn Adventure 2. A custom 3D MMOFPS based on the Unity game engine. The game included several quests that were only solvable by modifying the game client.
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