- The Catch is intended as an individual competition, but teamwork is not prohibited.
- The registration into the CTF portal will be opened along with the start of the competition on Monday 2 October 2023 at 12:00 CEST.
- The competition will be closed on Monday 23 October 2023 at 12:00 (CEST).
- The top 20 players will be invited to Award ceremony (can be changed to on-line ceremony if necessary).
- Best contestants will receive valuable prizes. Other prizes (T-shirts, hoodies, small presents) will be awarded (see The Rewards).
- For more information, see the Competition rules, Frequently asked questions and Personal Data Protection.
3rd – 5th
6th – 30th
smaller gifts (i.e. board games, t-shirts, sweatshirts)
- Speed premium – the first solution of each challenge will be rewarded by small CESNET presents. Each player can win this premium award only once.
- Write-ups – best write-ups will be rewarded with smaller gifts (i.e. board games, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.)
Only individuals will be awarded.
We are hiring!
Did you enjoy The Catch? Are you interested in ethical hacking and cybersecurity? We are hiring!
How to join the Competition
- Please read the Competition rules and/or FAQ.
- Register yourself once the registration is open, i.e. create a player account in the CTF platform (nickname, e-mail and password need to be filled in).
- Start solving the challenges:
- Choose any of the challenges from the list. The challenges have some prerequisites, which has to be met before the challenge is accessible. Visible challenges can be solved in whatever order.
- Read the challenge assignment carefully.
- Download the file(s) for the analysis or visit the stated URL.
- Perform the analysis (when correctly performed, you should be able to discover the flag in format
- Insert the flag into the platform (to verify its correctness and acquire the points). The number of attempts is limited (the flag should be acquired by analysis not guessed).
The organizational team is available at e-mail address email@example.com.