Hacker’s Dome First Blood – After Event
Fear, frustration, stress, panic, exhaustion, relief, happiness, success, and confidence. These are just some of the feelings that we, the CTF365 team, experienced during the Hacker’s Dome First Blood CTF competition.
It was an emotional roller coaster that caused adrenaline to pump through our veins for 48 hours straight; but it was such an amazing experience that we want to do it all over again. So, we’ve made it the Hacker’s Dome goal to host weekly weekend-long CTF competitions for our CTF365 users.
Organizing and executing the competition was no easy task but we rose to the challenge and, in the end, we succeeded. The embrace from the community and the thanks from the competitors, however, is what ultimately gave us this sense of success. Their feedback made the frustration and the sleep depravation seem like a small sacrifice.
We know that First Blood wasn’t perfect but we’re going to look at the upside. The upside is that we were able to learn a lot from our experience; and we’re going to take what we’ve learned and apply it towards crafting an even better Hacker’s Dome CTF in the future.
Prior to the competition, we agreed that we were going to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We also agreed that, if the worst were to come, we’d keep the competition moving forward and never quit.
Like any other CTF competition, we had our downtimes; but we didn’t let them defeat us. Instead, our team came together and fixed them.
Lesson Learned: We are now better prepared to manage, reduce, and correct downtimes in future CTFs.
We are a global team with members spread across Romania, South Africa, and the United States. Therefore, all of our team communications and collaborations had to be held remotely.
During the competition, we were confronted with a number of urgent issues that required immediate team collaboration. Aside from some minor glitches, we were pleased with how we handled communications and responded to these types of issues.
Lesson Learned: Video conferencing applications should be leveraged to improve the efficiency and reliability of communications during future CTFs.
We received a high volume of support issues/ requests from the competitors. We were able to handle most of them but, unfortunately, there were some that we couldn’t. To those of you who submitted a support request that went unresolved, we apologize.
Lesson Learned: By improving the structure and comprehensiveness of our rules, we can minimize the potential for misinterpretations and confusion. Performing more pre-launch tests will help us refine the rules and create a more fluid competition.
Total Registered Users: 124
Total Login/ Access Attempts: 1,534
Total Active Hours: 1,260 (Avg. 10 hours per user)
Number of Countries: 24
Top 5 Country Players:
USA – 71
Canada – 8
France – 6
Germany – 5
United Kingdom – 5
Any questions? Glad to answer.
Stay secure while having fun.