The 2021 SANS Holiday Hack Challenge – Jack’s Back!
Welcome to the 2021 SANS Holiday Hack Challenge, featuring KringleCon 4: Calling Birds. This year, we're back at Santa’s castle, but there’s a big new structure next door and talk of a new conference competing with KringleCon!
For an introduction to this year's SANS Holiday Hack Challenge and KringleCon, please watch the adjacent video from Ed Skoudis.
Please join us on Discord where you can chat with other players to share tips in various text or voice channels. You can play solo or team up with others — it’s completely up to you.
Simply click the Play Now button below to register and access the North Pole and all the festivities.
DEADLINE EXTENDED — If you'd like to enter the contest for a chance to win a prize, please submit a report with a description of how you solved each objective in the Google form here (requires Google account to access) by the end of the day on January 7, 2022*. Alternatively, if you'd rather not use the Google form, you can email your answers to SANSHolidayHackChallenge@counterhack.com. You DO NOT have to answer all questions to be eligible to win a prize. All reports must be 50 pages or fewer in length.
From all submitted entries, we'll pick nine winners, according to the following plan:
- Seven random draw answers selected from all entries, regardless of how complete or incomplete they are
- The best technical answer - ONE SUBSCRIPTION TO NETWARS CONTINUOUS 2 for FOUR MONTHS
The most creative answer that is technically correct - ONE SUBSCRIPTION TO NETWARS CONTINUOUS 2 for FOUR MONTHS
The best overall answer, our GRAND PRIZE WINNER - ONE SANS ONLINE TRAINING COURSE**
Remember, even if you can't answer one or more of the questions, please do submit an answer of any kind to be entered in our random draw. Seriously, if you get 50%, 80%, or 98% of the answers, you'll still be eligible to win.
The seven random draw answers will receive a much coveted, beautiful Holiday Hack T-Shirt from KringleCon.
The best technical answer and the most creative answer each will receive a subscription to NetWars Continuous 2, with 4 months of access to the exciting SANS cyber range to develop skills, have fun, and earn CPEs!
The very best overall answer earns our Grand Prize - a complimentary SANS Online Training course of your choice! The winner will choose from any of SANS' 30+ Online Courses, and will complete SANS training at their own pace from anywhere on the internet.
We kindly ask that you refrain from publicly publishing any answers, write-ups, or walkthroughs until after our submission deadline of January 7, 2022. Once that passes, please feel free to publish!
--Counter Hack and Friends
* Any time zone on planet Earth will do.
**SANS will choose only one winner for the Grand Prize. These prizes are not transferable to another person or event and do not include a certification attempt. Only one course will be awarded per category, regardless of how many people contributed to a winning submission. No substitutions are allowed. For any of these prizes, SANS is not responsible for lost, late, or unintelligible entries, lost connections, miscommunications, failed transmissions, reindeer attacks, or other technical difficulties or failures.
New 2021 SANS Holiday Hack Challenge Music
I Love Winter Snow - Josh Skoudis
Viva Frost Vegas - Ninjula
All Your Christmas Are Belong to Us - Ninjula
1999 + In the Hall of the Mountain King - Ninjula
Goody Two Shoes - Josh Skoudis & Ninjula
Do You Hear What I Hear - Ninjula
I'd Prefer a Semi-Aquatic Mamal for Christmas - Ninjula
Wyatt Kristmas - Ninjula
Santaman - Chris Elgee and Kendra Pendolino
Chill, You Cherry Old Chaps - Ninjula
Classic SANS Holiday Hack Challenge Music
Winter Wonderland from HHC 2018 - Ninjula
Your a Maen One, Mr. Grinch from HHC 2020 - Ninjula
Sleigh Ride from HHC 2016 - Ninjula
I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus from HHC 2020 - Mary Ellen Kennel
Jangle Bells from HHC 2016 - Ninjula
Girl from Ipanema from HHC 2020 - Ninjula
Let it Snow from HHC 2018 - Ninjula
Coming to Tizown from HHC 2016 - Ninjula
Plump Sugar Fairies from HHC 2016 - Ninjula
Dreidel Groove from HHC 2016 - Ninjula
Listen to the SANS Holiday Hack Challenge Albums
SANS Holiday Hack Challenge 2021
Narrative / Story:
Ed Skoudis & Chris Elgee
Evan Booth, Ron Bowes, Chris Davis, Chris Elgee, Jared Folkins, Tom F. Liston, and Joshua Wright
System Builds & Administration:
Evan Booth, Patrick Chapman, Chris Davis, Marc Dostie, Chris Elgee, Chris Fleener, and Annie Royal
Christy Elgee, Siana Collins, and Ed Skoudis
Evan Booth, Ron Bowes, Drew Church, Chris Davis, Chris Elgee, Doug Erkkila, Dave Herrald, Tom Hessman, Marcus Laferrera, Ed Skoudis, Audra Streetman, Audra Streetman, Marcus Stewart, Clay Moody, Tom Liston, Josh Levine, Kevin Tyers, Andy Smith, and Joshua Wright
Chris Elgee & Kendra Pendolino, Mary Ellen Kennel, Ninjula, Ed Skoudis, and Josh Skoudis
Marc Dostie, Tom Hessman
Conference Scheduler and Speaker Wrangler:
Swag Designer and Implementer:
Testing and Feedback:
Tad Bennett, Ron Bowes, Sanjay Choudhary, Mike Dopheide, Chris Elgee, Jared Folkins, Vlad Grigorescu, Tom Hessman, Jeremy Kulikowski, Sam Oehlert, Daniel Pendolino, Jerry Salinas, Lynn Schifano, Ed Skoudis, Marcus Stewart, Ryan Williams, and Joshua Wright
Ed Skoudis - Host
Andy Smith, Chris Davis, Bjarki Ágúst Guðmundsson, Sean Atkinson, Chris Elgee, Clay Moody, Jay Beale, Kevin Tyers, Mary Ellen Kennel, Nancy Gariché, Tom Liston, Xena Olsen, Jason Blanchard, Qwerty Petabyte, and Google.
Patrick Chapman, Marc Dostie, Michelle Petersen, Joel Anker, and Darren Beare
Extra Special Thank You To...
The SANS Institute
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