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2024 Magnet Virtual Summit CTF winners and another chance to play!

Hi, all! This is Jessica Hyde, and I am so excited to share the winners from the Magnet Virtual Summit 2024 Capture The Flag event, along with the challenges, community write-ups, and the next challenge.

The Magnet Virtual Summit 2024 CTF was another exciting competition! We had over 1350 people register for the CTF and 491 folks solved at least one question.

We’re happy to announce the winners:

Figure 1: Scoreboard showing CTF when it closed.

And as always, we kept the game open for a First to Finish winner. This is the first player to get a perfect score which happened roughly 23.5 hours after the start of the game.

  • First to Finish: Bo Hui
Figure 2: Scoreboard when first player completed all challenges.

We want to give you the opportunity to keep working through the challenges, so we’re sharing the questions and links to the images below in addition to links to community solves. Keep reading to hear about a NEW CTF available to play in April!


Still need a copy of the forensic images? We are happy to have released an iOS 16 Full File System image as part of this data set as well as an Android 12 image that takes advantage of some new features. There is plenty to explore in these data sets beyond the CTF itself.


Challenge NameQuestion
Cipher Challenge 
VIGorous ENcrypting? Embrace the Riddle’s Essence, it’s “essential”!QshprMzepw
Why did the steganography expert wear a ‘cloak’? To keep their hidden messages undercover.We hope you are ‌‍⁢‌⁡‌⁢⁤⁡‌⁡‍‌‍⁣‍⁡⁡⁣⁣⁤⁢⁡⁡‍⁡⁢⁡‌⁡⁡⁡‍⁢⁢⁢⁢⁡‍⁡‍⁡⁢⁤⁡⁤‍‌‍⁢⁤‌⁡‍⁡⁢⁡‌⁢‍⁡⁢⁣‍‌⁤‍‌⁡‌⁢⁢⁢⁣‍having a great day!
EXIF data is like the memory foam of photography – it always remembers the shot you took!nicedog.jpg
Surfing sound waves in California searching for hidden messagessong.wav
Have you ever tried reading the alphabet in reverse?Ru lmob dv xlfow gfim yzxp grnv
 ROTten people hiding their secrets!Stego RTF
Why did the bicycle fall over? It was tired of all the ROTation!rfgq ayl lmr zc rfgq qgknjc
I tried to write a joke about trains, but it didn’t gain any traction. It just went off the RAILMO OFRSIB ECSNIENI ULSF
What is your favorite SHAKESPEARE play?lv bo sj cst ks tl, trel xw tyi ibecxadr
BASH these ROTten criminalsrj vuzcj n mncczza
Why did the balloon go to therapy? It needed to OPEN PUFF about its inflated emotions!puffr.bmp
Giovan Battista Bellaso probably LOVED pigs
Why are your messages green?On what date did Rocco and Chadwick first meet in person according to their conversations? YYYY-MM-DD format
Where /r u going on safari?What subreddit was visited in a browser?
Don’t ghost meAt what time did Chadwick get annoyed at MYAI? YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS UTC
IMAGEine living in painChad seemed to be searching for pain relief medicine in a store, how much did it cost?
Your keyboard is salt-yHow many total words were typed on the device?
Build me up, buttercupWhat is the current build version?
Answer the callWhat is the guild ID of the discord server Chad was in?
Warning SignsHow many days did it take Chad to be warned about his Data Usage?
Watching streams to stay currentWhat is the name of Chad’s streaming channel?
One is The Loneliest NumberWhat question did Chadwick ask to AI?
Watch me sUAVely win this gameHow many kills did Chad have on his CoD Mobile winning game?
For when I can’t Find My gearWhat outdoor activity store did Chadwick Visit?
Just a couple steps awayHow many steps did Chad take on 12/3/2023?
Another regularly scheduled programWhat Tattoo shop was visited on 12/27/2023?
I hear Stanley cups are all the rageWhat was the final score of the hockey game Chad went to? (home – away)
Devil is in the detailsWhose bitmoji is dressed like a devil?
 Excuse Moi?  What did you say?What is the content of the 2nd message that Chad deleted on Dec 18, 2023
Boost this serverWhat is the 16 character carrier code?
The easy way or the hard wayWhat is the timestamp of the message Chad sent to Rocco but was never recieved? YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS UTC
Its been a long timeWhen did chad last login to Facebook? YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS UTC
Can anyone Kelp?What game was Chad asking to know the strategy to?
Chat GPT is my PREFERENCE for AIWhat is the ChatGPT userID associated with
Read my mindWhat message was sent to Rocco in a video game
Season’s GreetingsWhat was the first emoji that was sent to Susan?
Follow the BreadcrumbsHow many times did Chad’s keyboard become visible within the Amazon app on 12/24/2023?
Press x to RespawnOn what platform did Rocco share his Call of Duty Username?
Warm UpWhat Southern state’s sports team did Rocco search up?
Can you Handle thisWhat was Rocco’s Twitter account name?
Need to reach those heightsWhat is the SIM operator name?
Not to be basic but...What is the default Internet Browser?
Survival Mode ActivatedWhat conference did Rocco show interest in?
Sign me up!What email is associated with the device?
Not so popularHow many messages were sent from Rocco in Twitter Direct Messages?
No two cents about themAccording to exCHANGEs in discord with Chad, what did Chad want back from Rocco?
You can never be too readyHow many additional survival tips were provided in the $9 book Rocco was looking into?
Tag your’re it!What city was the user in when they identified an AirTag on them
A game of Cat and MouseWhat game did two beloved cartoon charachters promote in an Ad?
Always achieving new heightsWhat was the new score achieved on the video game Rocco watched on Youtube?
LIVE your lifeWhat two sports did rocco capture in a photo (__ and ___)
Remember your floatiesWhat fun outdoor activity location was searched for?
R-E-J-E-C-T-E-D RejectedWhen was the last shutdown that was initiated by Rocco? (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS) UTC 24 hour time.
Out of StockWhat is the most recent score in Subway Surfer
So Salty!What is the handle of the person who is talking aobut how upset they are with  Rocco?
Don’t let them see you downWhat was added using photoshop
It’s the eye of the tigerWhen is Rocco’s Bday? (YYYY-MM-DD)
Secrets Secrets are no FunWhat did Rocco search in the App Store to download the app used to hide photos
Stalker AlertShortly after logging into Facebook with IP address, a photo was taken. Where was this photo taken?


Several folks have shared their solutions for this year’s MVS CTF. We love when people share their methods. Check them out to see how others solved the challenges. There is often more than one way to solve the challenges:

Announcing a weekly Hexordia CTF!

In building this year’s CTF, we thought of challenges that are more in depth than appropriate for the timed CTF. As such, Hexordia will be hosting a 2024 Spring Weekly CTF. This will use this year’s MVS2024 images with some in-depth challenges. Challenges from Jessica Hyde, Kevin Pagano, Geraldine Blay, and Cesar Quezada. More details coming April 1!

Check out the 2024 Spring Weekly CTF.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who played, observed, read about, and cheered on participants in the MVS 2024 CTF! A special thank you once again to our fabulous CTF sponsors: SANS, Leahy Center, and the Champlain Digital Forensics Association. And as always a big shout out to the amazing Hexordia interns Alayna Cash, Natan Eliezer, Derek FarrellJames Nicholls, and A’zariya Daniel from the Champlain Digital Forensics Association for working with us to build this incredibly fun challenge for the community.

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