WACTF 0x02

Hack to the Future. Part 2

Welcome Bob / Alice / Eve,

This is a Capture The Flag (CTF) cyber security challenge in Western Australia. A two day event where your skills will be pitted against a range of technical challenges. A cyber security CTF is a type of information security competition where players solve security challenges from categories such as digital forensics, web application exploitation, and cryptography to get flags. Each flag has a points value associated with it based on the difficulty of the challenge. After the success of the first WACTF in 2017, we’ve decided to do it all again with a completely new set of challenges for WACTF 0x02.

This CTF has been built by members of the Perth security community. It’s not a set of theoretical challenges, it’s built from real life examples by people who work in the security field – penetration testers, developers, forensics specialists, etc. – with considerable input from industry. We’ve come together to put this event on to help uplift the profile of cyber security in W.A. – helping not only introduce new people to the field, but also to put industry and individuals together to help stop the brain drain (the exit of talent from WA) that we are seeing.

WACTF is open to individuals and teams up to four players. There are restrictions as to who can claim prizes, see the eligibility section. Registration for all players is necessary. The game will be played onsite where hacker juice and snacks will be provided to players. You will need to bring your laptop with wireless capability.

Prizes - which include a trip to BSides Canberra 2019 - will be awarded to the eligible teams that finish the game in the top places of the scoreboard. The awards ceremony will be a casual event held at the Joint Cyber Security Centre where industry and academic professionals scouting the next generation of Australian cyber security talent are invited to come along.

Key Points

Registration: Via this form
Open until 24th of November

CTF Time/Date: 09:00 - 17:00 WST
1st & 2nd of December, 2018

Game Location: Level 1, Bankwest Place. 300 Murray Street, Perth

What to bring: Your haxing laptop with wireless capability & ID if you’re eligible for prizes

Awards Ceremony: 17:30 - 19:30 WST 4th of December, 2018

Ceremony Location: Joint Cyber Security Centre
Level 15, 1 William St, Perth

Never played a CTF before? You should attempt a few before WACTF. Some of our favorites can be found here, here, and here

The information security experts who contributed their technical ability to WACTF can be found here.

Game Information


More to be announced!

First Place (team or individual)

Second Place (team or individual)

Third Place (team or individual)

Fourth Place (team or individual)

  • Audio-Technica ATH-CK400i Headset (each)

Top Scoring Highschool (team or individual)

  • 1x WiFi Pineapple Nano
  • 1x USB Rubber Ducky Deluxe
  • 1x LAN Turtle SD
  • 1x Packet Squirrel

We also have door prizes and a bunch of other tech swag to give out over the weekend too!


  • No denial of service actions (against the target environment, underlying infrastructure & wired/wireless networks or anything else related).
  • No subverting the platform or underlying infrastructure.
  • Maximum of four people per team.
  • Collusion between teams during WACTF is discouraged – there will likely be sessions in the weeks following WACTF where run-throughs will occur, so keep it to within your team whilst the comp is running.
  • WACTF is open to all ages, and there’s no alcohol permitted within the game rooms.


This game is open for people in Western Australia who are starting out or hoping to start out in the information security or penetration testing field. To be eligible for prizes you must fit into one of the following categories:

  • Highschool Student
  • Current Higher Education Student
  • Higher Education Graduate (graduated within the last year)
  • New to the Information Security field (up to one year of employment)

If you fall outside of the list you’re still welcome to register and play; however, you won’t be eligible for the prizes.


WACTF is played on premise, and there will be challenges only solvable in person. However, if your circumstances make it difficult for you to attend in person, you can request to play offsite. You will need to provide a static IP address with your request to: [email protected]. Please note that approval for competing offsite is made at the sole discretion of game organisers.

Industry Support

One of the core aims of WACTF is to bring together industry and individuals. We see too much good talent leaving WA due to an overall low level of awareness of the need for cyber-security related skills, or the inability for entities to find the right talent.

If you would like to come along to WACTF as an observer, or attend our awards and networking session following the event, please register your interest in the form to the right and we’ll keep you informed as we progress.

We are open to additional industry involvement and support to help make WACTF even more successful. If you would like to get involved to support, please get in touch here.