Run by Newark Academy's Computer Science Club

6PM September 17, 2019 - 6PM September 22, 2019 EST

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What is NACTF?

NACTF is a Capture The Flag (CTF) cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students, hosted by Newark Academy's Computer Science Club. Students can form teams with up to 5 members and participate online for free. Teams compete to decrypt, hack, or reverse engineer challenges in topics like cryptography, forensics, and binary exploitation. Participants submit "flags", or hidden strings of text, to score points.

I'm new to CTFs. Can I still participate?

Absolutely! NACTF is designed to be introductory. Challenges start easy and increase in difficulty so that students can learn as they progress in the competition.

How do I get started?

Students should register here and begin forming teams. Be sure to read the rules. Challenges will be released at 6PM on September 17, 2019 and flags should be submitted with the competition format: nactf{random_text_here}. Some problems may require Linux: It may be helpful to install a virtual machine prior to the competition using software like VirtualBox. An installation tutorial can be found here. Check out other CTFs like picoCTF to practice with similar challenges.


Thank you to Trail of Bits for providing the competition prizes! Check out their blog and follow them on twitter @trailofbits to learn about state-of-the-art cybersecurity!

Trail of Bits

Interested in sponsoring?

Email us at [email protected]

Who are we?

NACTF is hosted by Newark Academy's Computer Science Club. The student contributors to NACTF are the following:

  • Warren Sunada-Wong
  • Ethan Wu
  • Ethan Chee