Forensic Missions #2 and #3 have officially been released! In addition, the point values for the first two have been adjusted. This change is retroactive and your total point counts have been updated automatically.
In other news, the HackThisSite capture the flag teams have really taken off! We have been competing in events every few weeks and continue to see new faces taking an interest in participating. Join us in #CTF on IRC if you would like to know more.
Those newer to hacking might not know about Phrack, after all it's been 4 years since the last Phrack release. Phrack is the longest running (and quite possibly best) hacker zine out there and we recommend you check it out immediately.
As some may remember, HackThisSite members over at hackbloc used to release a zine as well. Finding good editors, motivating skilled hackers to write about their exploits and keeping up the quality is no easy feat (which is why we're not doing it anymore). But as they have done this for longer than I've been alive, Phrack delivers. We'd like to thank and congratulate the Phrack staff and the contributors for their hard work.
And with this new release of course also comes a new call for papers for the next release. If you have...
09/03/16: LASACTF March 19th - 26th. [Beginner Level]
The CTF hype train is not going to slow down!
We just competed in a very difficult CTF this past weekend (BostonKeyParty), and are eager for more. We have a lot of new faces coming around and several who are new to CTFs and would like to participate. So, we are going to step back on the difficulty a little bit for our next event.
LASACTF is designed for high school level teams. This event has an unusually long event window. This is a great for those of you who want to participate that have busy schedules. We'll be attacking this challenge like we have done all the others in the past by working together for the learning experience. HOWEVER, if the team consists of all high schoolers inside the US you can win prizes. If you decide to compete for prizes we'll set up a private channel for you if requested.
Team sizes can be up to 5 members. Join us in #ctf on IRC to participate with us and request a team to join. Seasoned CTF runners I encourage you to take charge and be team leads for new people.
Well it was a very long and exciting weekend. There was little sleep and a lot of banging of heads on keyboards. The HackThisSite team finished 181st out of 765 teams.
BostonKeyParty was by no means an easy CTF. There was a strict no hint policy in place and the challenges were all home-brew designed to prevent automated tools for 'cheese' completions. It truly lived up to the reputation and was justly deserving of being a DEFCON pre-qualifier.
Throughout the competition we had several members come in to help and to show support for the team. A special shout out goes to:
Keep your eyes open for the next CTF announcement! We will be competing in several events throughout the year of varying difficulty. If you have never participated in a CTF before and are interested, take the time now to look over old write-ups and hone your skills. The next event will be announced soon!
Join us in #ctf for questions or interest in participating!
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28/02/16: HackThisSite Endorses Bernie Sanders For U.S. President
HackThisSite would like to officially announce its support and endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President of the U.S. There are countless reasons why one should support him, but most important to us is his position on privacy and digital rights. All other candidates on both sides are for undermining encryption and increased warrantless surveillance, whereas Sanders' voting record is a clear indicator of his strong and unchanging opposition to both.
There are many important elections coming up, including Super Tuesday and other primaries. We strongly encourage all of our U.S. visitors to participate and vote for Bernie Sanders. Our future digital rights depend on it.