Frequently Asked Questions

► What is Hackers Academy CTF?

It is a capture-the-flag hacking game, where hackers practice ethical hacking in a form of challenges.

► What is the flag format?

Flags are normally prefixed with the word flag and then inside of curly braces will be a string of text. E.x:


For a flag such as the one above, the string "valentine_ctf_2020" would be the flag that would be entered into the challenge's input box.

Although we will try to keep flags in this format, some challenges will ask for plain text answers as their flag.

► What equipment will I need?

Full participation in the competition requires only a computer with a modern web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer 9+, etc.) and the ability to install applications. Some challenges may require access to a Linux machine.

► What is considered cheating?

Participants must abide by a few common sense rules that ensure the competition is fair:

1. Attacking the scoring server, other teams, or machines not explicitly designated as targets is cheating.

2. This includes both breaking into such machines and denying others access to them (for example, by altering a key or ping-flooding).

3. Sharing keys or providing overly-revealing hints with other teams is cheating, as is being directly assisted by personnel outside the team (using tools from the internet is OK; asking people on the internet to help you solve the problem is not).

4. We encourage you to solve problems in novel and creative ways using all available resources, but we do require that you solve them yourselves.

► What is Legends List?

Legends List is our Hall of Fame.

To enter the Legends List, you need to solve one of our Legendary Level challenges.

People listed in the Legends List are more likely to be hired by Talent Scouts.