The 2019 SANS Holiday Hack Challenge

The 2019 SANS Holiday Hack Challenge has officially ended, although the targets and all game assets remain available for you to practice. The official answers and winners are located here.

Hello Holiday Conference Attendees! Welcome back to the North Pole for KringleCon 2 and the SANS Holiday Hack Challenge. Here is your exclusive pass for the event!

KringleCon 2 Ticket

To use this ticket, simply click HERE to be magically transported to the North Pole train station at Elf University. Santa is waiting to greet you at the Elf University train station.

Also, for an introduction to this year's KringleCon and the SANS Holiday Hack Challenge, please listen to the Ed Skoudis Welcome START HERE talk.

Please keep an eye on your badge for updates on the narrative and various happenings around Elf University during the con!

As you answer each of the 10 objectives in your badge, you can formulate a write-up telling us how you did it by the end of the day on January 13, 2020*. If you'd like to enter the contest for a chance to win a prize, please send the description of how you unraveled each objective to You DO NOT have to answer all questions to be eligible to win a prize.

From all submitted entries, we'll pick ten winners, according to the following plan:

  • Seven random draw answers selected from all entries, regardless of how complete or incomplete they are
  • The best technical answer - ONE SUBSCRIPTION TO NETWARS CONTINUOUS 2
  • The most creative answer that is technically correct, our GRAND PRIZE WINNER - ONE SANS LIVE COURSE**

Remember, even if you can't answer one or more of the questions, please do send in an answer of any kind to be entered in our random draw. Seriously, if you get 50%, 80%, or 98% of the answers, you'll still be eligible to win.

The seven random draw answers will receive a much coveted, beautiful Holiday Hack T-Shirt from KringleCon.

The best technical answer will receive a subscription to NetWars Continuous 2, with 4 months of access to the exciting SANS cyber range to develop skills, have fun, and earn CPEs!

The most creative answer that is technically correct will receive our Grand Prize - SANS Live, a complimentary LIVE SANS course at an event of your choosing (travel and expenses not included).

The very best overall answer earns our Grand Prize - a complimentary SANS Online Training course of your choice! The winner will choose from any of SANS' 30+ Online Courses, and will complete SANS training at their own pace from anywhere on the internet.

We kindly ask that you refrain from publicly publishing any answers, write-ups, or walkthroughs until after our submission deadline. Once that passes, please feel free to publish!

Happy Holidays!

--Counter Hack and Friends

* Any time zone on planet Earth will do.

**SANS will choose only one winner for the Grand Prize - SANS Live and one winner for the Grand Prize - SANS Online Training. These prizes are not transferable to another person or event and do not include a certification attempt. Only one course will be awarded per category, regardless of how many people contributed to a winning submission. No substitutions are allowed for either Grand Prize. For any of these prizes, SANS is not responsible for lost, late, or unintelligible entries, lost connections, miscommunications, failed transmissions, other technical difficulties or failures.

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