The 2023 SANS Holiday Hack Challenge: A Holiday Odyssey | Featuring 6: Geese A-Lei'ing!
Listen to Ed Skoudis, Chief Holiday Officer, in this Welcome and Game Orientation video.
This year, Santa and the elves have moved to an island archipelago near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. On these Geese Islands, Santa's team is using a new Artificial Intelligence tool called ChatNPT to prepare for the annual gift-giving extravaganza. The elves need your help in making sure that they apply ChatNPT appropriately. To that end, we recommend that you set up and use your own free account in OpenAI's ChatGPT, Google's Bard, or Microsoft's Bing AI tools to help you solve challenges while learning vital cybersecurity lessons.
Join us on Discord where you can chat with other players to share tips in various text or voice channels. There are many new and exciting activities involving AI and you don't want to miss any special tip to get a chance to win one of the coveted Holiday Hack Challenge prizes!
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 a Google account to access) by the end of the day on January 5, 2024*. Alternatively, if you'd rather not use the Google form, you can email your answers to SANSHolidayHackChallenge@counterhack.com. To win, you must use some form of AI (such as the free OpenAI ChatGPT, Google Bard, or Microsoft Bing AI tools) in solving at least some of the challenges, including in your answers a sampling of the AI prompts that you used to solve them. You DO NOT have to answer all questions to be eligible to win a prize. All reports must be 100 pages or fewer in length.
From all submitted entries, we'll pick seven winners, according to the following plan:
- One random draw answer – ONE COMPLETELY REFURBISHED ORIGINAL NINTENDO GAME BOY WITH ALL HOLIDAY HACK 2023 GAME BOY GAMES LOADED
- Three random draw answers whose users have clicked on each of the five vendor booths (Google, Microsoft, Amazon, SANS.edu, and Holiday Hack Swag Store) – A HOLIDAY HACK CHALLENGE T-SHIRT
- The best technical answer - ONE SUBSCRIPTION TO NETWARS CONTINUOUS for FOUR MONTHS
- The most creative answer that is technically correct - ONE COMPLETELY REFURBISHED ORIGINAL NINTENDO GAME BOY WITH ALL HOLIDAY HACK 2023 GAME BOY GAMES LOADED
- 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 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 5, 2024. 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.
Get ready to sail on this year’s challenges!
- AI-assisted cybersecurity, offense and defense
- AI voice synthesis
- Cloud security
- Web application security
- Threat hunting in Windows Cloud
- Identifying vulnerabilities in space mission software packages
- Lock picking
- Phishing analysis
- Cyber Defense Azure AD Configurations
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Holiday Hack Challenge 2023 | 6 Geese a Lei'ing
Holiday Hack Challenge 2022 | 5 Golden Rings
Holiday Hack Challenge 2021 | 4 Calling Birds
Holiday Hack Challenge 2020 | 3 French Hens
Holiday Hack Challenge 2019 | 2 Turtle Doves
Holiday Hack Challenge 2018 | KringleCon
Holiday Hack Challenge 2017 | Wintered
Meet the Holiday Hack Team
World Builder Builder:
Narrative / Story:
Ed Skoudis, Eric Pursley, & Chris Elgee
Dialog Tooling: Evan Booth
Dialog Creation: Thomas Bouve, Chris Elgee, Eric Pursley, Janusz Jasinski
NPC Voice Tooling and Creation: Thomas Bouve
System Builds & Administration:
Mark “Pitched Up” Devito
Mark “The Don” Devito
Mark “Walken” Devito
Brenda van Rensburg
Josh “The Microsoft One” Wright
Ninjula, Ed Skoudis, and Josh Skoudis
Discord Coordinator (Dis-Coordinator?):
Swag Designer and Implementer:
Chloe Drage (Designer & Implementer)
Bel Valente Lucas (Implementer)
Lynn Schifano (Implementer)
Testing and Feedback:
Bel Valente Lucas
Special Thanks to…
Extra Special Thanks To...
The SANS Institute
Special Thanks To Our Sponsors
Inside the Magical World of Holiday Hack
Join Ed Skoudis, Chief Holiday Officer, in this episode of 'Wait Just an Infosec' as he gives you a sneak peek into what happens behind the curtains of the Holiday Hack Challenge! Listen to our players', artists', and designers' perspectives, and gather your thoughts on ideas, tips, and tricks that could put you ahead of the competition to succeed in HHC 2023.