Google CTF 2017 was a big success! We had over 5,000 players, nearly 2,000 teams captured flags, we paid $31,1337.00, and most importantly: you had fun playing and we had fun hosting!
Congratulations (for the second year) to the team pasten, from Israel, for scoring first place in both the quals and the finals. Also, for everyone who hasn’t played yet or wants to play again, we have open-sourced the 2017 challenges in our GitHub repository.
Hence, we are excited to announce Google CTF 2018:
- Date and time: 00:00:01 UTC on June 23th and 24th, 2018
- Location: Online
- Prizes: Big checks, swag and rewards for creative write-ups
The winning teams will compete again for a spot at the Google CTF Finals later this year (more details on the Finals soon).
For beginners and veterans alike
Based on the feedback we received, we plan to have additional challenges this year where people that may be new to CTFs or security can learn about, and try their hands at, some security challenges. These will be presented in a “Quest” style where there will be a scenario similar to a real world penetration testing environment. We hope that this will give people a chance to sharpen their skills, learn something new about CTFs and security, while allowing them to see a real world value to information security and its broader impact.
We hope to virtually see you at the 3rd annual Google CTF on June 23rd 2018 at 00:00:01 UTC. Check g.co/ctf, or subscribe to our mailing list for more details, as they become available.
Why do we host these competitions?
We outlined our philosophy last year, but in short: we believe that the security community helps us better protect Google users, and so we want to nurture the community and give back in a fun way.
Thirsty for more?
There are a lot of opportunities for you to help us make the Internet a safer place:
- Our Vulnerability Rewards Program: Report vulnerabilities in our infrastructure and get rewarded
- (AutoFuzz) Patch Rewards Program: Fix vulnerabilities in open-source software to build your reputation and make an impact in the security community
- Vulnerability Research Grants Program: Apply for a research grant to extensively test a component of our infrastructure at your own pace.