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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.

If you've never played a CTF before you should attempt a few before WACTF. Some of our favorites can be found here, here, and here.

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 WA – 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 is necessary and will be available up until the 24th of November. The game will be played onsite at the University of Western Australia 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 2018 - 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 Spacecubed in the Perth CBD where industry and academic professionals scouting the next generation of Australian cyber security talent are invited to come along. The winning team(s) will also be asked to give a short presentation on a challenge of their choice and how they went about solving it.

Key Points

Registration: Via this form
Open until 24th of November

CTF Time/Date: 09:00 - 18:00 WST
2nd & 3rd of December, 2017

Game Location: UWA Room G17
35 Stirling Highway Crawley,
Western Australia

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

Awards Ceremony: 18:00 - 19:30 WST 6th of December, 2017

Ceremony Location: Spacecubed
Ground Floor, 45 St Georges Tce
Perth, Western Australia

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

BSides Perth

WACTF is run at the same time and place as BSides Perth! They are separate events though, registration to WACTF does not grant access to BSides and vice versa. Make sure to purchase a ticket if you are wanting to attend BSides Perth. The WACTF room is opposite the BSides speaking theatre, you’re welcome to come and go from both events to make the most of the weekend.

Game Information


First Place (team or individual)

Second Place (team or individual)

Thanks to ECU Security Research Institute:

  • Wi-Fi Pineapple NANO Basic
  • Bus Pirate
  • Obins Anne Pro Mechanical Keyboard

Third Place (team or individual)

Thanks to ECU Security Research Institute:

  • Wi-Fi Pineapple NANO Basic
  • Audio-Technica ATH-CK400i Headset

Fourth Place (team or individual)

Thanks to ECU Security Research Institute:

  • Audio-Technica ATH-CK400i Headset

Top Scoring Highschool (team or individual)

Thanks to ECU Security Research Institute:

  • Mr Robot - Season 1 & 2 Box Set

We have a bit 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 registration is closed. Follow us on Twitter to keep informed about the next one.