Last Friday, November 3 The Cyber Patriot team had its first round in the Cyber Patriot X Challenge as part of Cyber Titan. For those of you who don't know, the Cyber Patriot Challenge is a competition where teams of students are given badly corrupted operating systems and it is their job to correct them. Teams are made of up of 4 students and a coach. To actually do the competition, we use virtual machines, which allow you to essentially run a second computer from your regular desktop, We were using a software called VMware. Once the virtual machine is opened the clock starts ticking and you have to find as many security issues as you can in 6 hours. A simple Read Me file guides your team through the overall problem but rarely helps locate the specific corruptions. Forensics questions are also embedded making this more than a scavenger hunt.
The timer started at 9 am EST; we had to wait until 10am due to our Atlantic Time Zone. This was actually helpful as it gave us time to prepare for what was to come. Ten o'clock hit and we got the email giving us our passwords and any other tools we needed before starting. First we booted up the Linux image, then the Windows 7. We had one team member in charge of Linux, 2 in charge of Windows, and I worked on the Cisco Networking part of the challenge.
It started off quite well, Windows and Linux were getting points left and right, changing passwords, weeding out unwanted users, checking for updates, and much more. While overseeing those systems, my additional task was to do a quiz on networking. I had about two days experience before hand so most of the test was answered based on life experience and my current understandings. I finished with a score of 39.15 out of 50 and earned my team 20.5 out of the 22 points for Cisco Networking.
We worked until lunch, when our coach did something amazing, and showed up with pizza. In my opinion there is nothing better than pizza after a long time working. After pizza we got back to it. After you find the initial issues it gets more difficult to find the well hidden problems. As a team we fought hard and finished with about 150pts of the possible 220 in round 1. Round two happens December 8th!