US Cyber Challenge: Cyber Quests April 2013

Welcome to the Cyber Quests portion of the US Cyber Challenge, sponsored by Cyber Aces! To participate, please click the Question Engine link on the left and log in with the account that you created when you registered.

Cyber Quests April 2013 is the qualifying competition for the U.S. Cyber Challenge Cyber Camps 2013, including the Illinois Governor's Cyber Challenge.

Cyber Quests are a series of fun but challenging on-line competitions allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security realms. Each quest features an artifact for analysis, along with a series of quiz questions. Some quests focus on a potentially vulnerable sample web server as the artifact, challenging participants to identify its flaws using vulnerability analysis skills. Other quests are focused around forensic analysis, packet capture analysis, and more. The quests have varying levels of difficulty and complexity, with some quests geared toward beginners, while others include more intermediate and ultimately advanced material.

Packet Capture-based Web Vulnerability Analysis (April):

Fri. Mar. 29, 2013 10:00am EDTRegistration opens
Tue. Apr. 16, 2013 7:00am EDTQuiz opens
Thu. May 2, 2013 9:00pm EDTRegistration closes
Fri. May 3, 2013 11:59pm EDTQuiz closes

Participants will be provided with a network packet capture file that they must analyze to identify and interpret various types of network and web application attacks, with a focus on web application traffic. Participants will have to answer questions about the network itself, as well as the activities of the users on the network. The quiz is designed for an intermediate skill level, and all questions can be answered using the Wireshark packet analysis tool. No live network sniffing is required for this challenge; all analysis is done on a provided capture file.

Registration will open on March 29, 2013, and will close on May 2, 2013 (extended from April 29). The quiz will be available from April 16, 2013 until May 3, 2013 (extended from April 30). Registered users will each have three attempts to take the quiz. For each of your three attempts, you will have 24 hours from the time you begin the quiz to complete it, and you may only submit your answers once per attempt. For each attempt, if you do not submit the answers within 24 hours of when you start, or by 11:59pm EDT on May 3, 2013 (whichever comes first), you will receive a zero score for that attempt. Winners will be determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time. In the event of a tie score, the shortest time is the winner. Your highest score among your three attempts will be counted as your final score.

Any user found to have registered for more than one account, or users found to have shared answers, will be disqualified and ineligible for any awards, prizes, scholarships or other opportunities presented as a result of Cyber Quests.

Are you ready for the challenge? Take the Cyber Quest challenge to compete for an invitation to one of the 2013 USCC Cyber Camps, which are scheduled throughout the summer around the country. Please visit the U.S. Cyber Challenge Website for details and locations. Additional awards, prizes and scholarships may become available. While all are welcome to participate in the competition, camp invitations, awards, prizes and scholarships are available to U.S. citizens only at this time.

Registration closed on May 2, 2013 at 9:00pm EDT.
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For more information about Cyber Quests, please contact Karen Evans at

Technical Support questions about the challenge should be directed to However, please keep in mind that we will not give answers to the quiz itself.

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