SANS Holiday Hack Challenge Winners & Answers

Current and past winners of the SANS Holiday Hack Challenge. A shoutout to the players for a job well done figuring out difficult cybersecurity challenges.
  • Grand Prize Winner: Jai Minton | Report

    Best Technical Answer: Bernard Griener | Report

    Runner-Up: Michael Benedetti | Report

    Best Creative Answer that is Technically Correct: Gabriel Quiroz | Report

    Runner-Up: Erez C | Report

    Extra Special Noteworthy Exemplary Trophy (ESNET) Award: Forbytten | Report

    Super Honorable Mentions:

    James Baldacchino

    Michael Benedetti

    Brian Carrick

    Adam Coirazza

    Darkander

    Brian Davidson

    Guillermo Lafuente

    Andrea Lamonato

    David Forsythe

    Matthew Furtado

    Roger Johnsen

    Suppawej Kerdphol & Nuttakorn Dhiraprayudti

    Steven Maestas

    Philip Naida

    Marco Parello

    Dale Perkel

    Giuseppe Saturno

    Shahne

    David Szili

    Lukasz Sztukowski

    Cody Travis

    Alex Trylysenko

    Thomas XM

    Honorable Mentions:

    Orin ag

    Rich Alexander

    Murat Cakir

    RCarras

    Ken Clark/Rachel Clark

    Andy Davies

    Jeff Davies

    Brian DeBaggis

    Kai-Th. Dusold

    Rob Freeman

    LethalHack

    Tomoomi Iwata

    Daniel Kaufmann

    Kory Kliner

    Dan LaLone

    Arin Lee

    Lassi Lehtinen

    Miguel Llamazares

    James Mar

    John Matczak

    Mark Mulvaney

    Munch

    Akira Nishikawa

    Dan O'Connor

    Michael Odom

    Jordan Porcella

    Brad Priller

    Dan Roberts

    Joerg Schwarzwaelder

    Kristof Tamas

    Helen W

    Bryan Williams

  • Super Honorable Mentions:

    James Baldacchino

    R. Bastiaans

    Michael Benedetti

    Duncan Brickner

    Pedro Cabral

    Craig Campbell

    Alberto Certo

    Brian Davidson

    Paul DeCamp

    Jonahlyn Gilstrap-Oskay

    Ashish Gupta

    Elaine Hung

    Roger Johnsen

    Jay Johnson

    Divyateja Kasula

    Suppawej Kerdphol

    Mitch Kerle

    Kusuwada

    Dan LaLone

    Andrea Lamonato

    YW Lee

    Lassi Lehtinen

    Marcel M.

    Steven Maestas

    James Mar

    Wade Matistic

    Shelby Medina

    Dale Perkel

    Gabriel Quiroz

    Dan Roberts

    Juan Romero

    Chris Ruggieri

    Charles Sanders

    Karthick Siva

    Joerg Schwarzwaelder

    Jason Sosnowski

    David Szili

    Cody Travis

    Dolf Visscher

    Justin Wylie

    Shahne (Zysygy)

    Honorable Mentions:

    Marcus Andersson

    Pranav Arora

    Jeff Beazley

    Himadri Bhattacharjee

    Blake Bourgeois

    David Brochhaus

    Brian Carrick

    Ken/Rachel Clark

    Ádám Csörnyei

    Brian DeBaggis

    Wendy Edwards

    shahaf el

    Alexandra Gomez

    Charles Goodling

    Christopher Henseler

    Rene Holt

    Hu83fby

    Tomoomi Iwata

    Alisya K

    Nick Kantor

    Joe Kattner

    Yaron King

    Nikhil Kumar

    Arin Lee

    Lucia Morandi

    Akira Nishikawa

    Charlie Retzler

    Julien Richard

    Javier Santos

    Giuseppe Saturno

    Gage Saunders

    Matt Simmons

    Glyn Snowden

    Lukasz Sztukowski

    Norihisa Takagi

    Helen Wright

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    Ben (Darkander)

    • Grand Prize Winner: Thomas Bouve (Thomas's Answer)
      (who in 2020 won Best Technical Answer)
    • Most Creative Answer: Jai Minton (Jai's Answer)
      (who created a 3D video game based on the Holiday Hack Challenge itself)
    • Runner-Up Most Creative Answer: Joel Tan
    • Best Technical Answer: David Forsythe (David's Answer)
    • Runner-Up Best Technical Answer: Roger Johnsen

    Honorable Mentions:

    • Fabian Andre
    • Pranshu Bajpai
    • Barbie
    • Jeff Beazley
    • Mike Boyle
    • Adam Coirazza
    • CosmicHitman
    • Michael Deibert
    • Hack3dlazy
    • Wendy Edwards
    • eucrates
    • Simon Roses Femerling
    • William Fleisher
    • geospider
    • Bernhard Griener
    • Christopher Henseler
    • Tomoomi Iwata
    • JariR
    • janusz jasinski
    • Anand Kanani
    • Daniel Kaufmann
    • Mitch Kerle
    • yaron king
    • Akvile Kiskis
    • Pinja Koskinen
    • Laura
    • Link
    • lolkatz
    • Steven Maestas
    • Patrick Malter
    • Darryl Miles
    • minispooner
    • Mark Mulvaney
    • Jason Navarrete
    • Sven Bursch-Osewold
    • Sebastian Perez
    • Nivedan Rajasekar
    • Chris Ruggieri
    • Michael S
    • Giuseppe Saturno
    • Johann Schnagl
    • Adam Snedden
    • Glyn Snowden
    • Stefan Soto
    • Calle Svensson
    • David Szili
    • defyp and unikbyte
    • Clayton VanTol
    • Bryan Williams
    • Lee Chong Yu

    Super Honorable Mentions:

    • Anand Kanani
    • James Baldacchino
    • R. Bastiaans
    • Walter Belgers
    • Michael Benedetti
    • Olivier Bettan
    • Blake Bourgeois
    • Mike Boyle
    • Brian Carrick
    • Alberto Certo
    • Matthew Ciantar
    • Walid Daboubi
    • Brian Davidson
    • Paul DeCamp
    • Nuttakorn Dhiraprayudti
    • Miroslav Dimitrov
    • eldiridge
    • Jacob Elliott
    • Jeshua Erickson
    • fatsheep
    • Dan Fedele
    • Matthew Furtado
    • John Goff
    • ASHISH GUPTA
    • Michael Hertrick
    • Joe Kattner
    • Nikola Knežević
    • Ben Krueger
    • kusuwada
    • Xhelal Likaj
    • George Mantakos
    • Pasi Mäntynen
    • James Mar
    • Daniela Mariaschi and Massimo Mariaschi
    • Wade Matistic
    • Yannick Méheut
    • Devesh Mitra
    • Dan O'Connor
    • Kyle Parrish
    • Dale Perkel
    • Dickson Quek
    • Dan Roberts
    • Shahne Rodgers
    • Julian Runnels
    • Jeroen Schijvenaars
    • Jörg Schwarzwälder
    • Mo Sharif
    • Mike Shirley
    • Matt Simmons
    • Jason Sosnowsk
    • Nate Thornton
    • Cody Travis
    • Justin Wylie
    • Grand Prize Winner: Stanislav Nurilov
    • Most Creative Answer: Jeremy Phillips
    • Runner-Up Most Creative Answer: Mark Mulvaney and Mike Boyle
    • Best Technical Answer: Thomas Bouve
    • Runner-Up Best Technical Answer: Neal Eikenberry and Janusz Jasinski