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New Spy Hunter Challenge
November 16, 2015, 11:00 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

A new Spy Hunter Challenge has been posted over at My War with Entropy.  Check it out here.

New Spy Hunter Challenge
November 10, 2014, 12:20 am
Filed under: Packet Challenge

A new Spy Hunter Challenge has been posted.  http://blog.mywarwithentropy.com/2014/11/spy-hunter-holiday-challenge-2014.html

September 3, 2014, 1:53 am
Filed under: Packet Challenge

Just a quick note that the brief for the original “THE SPY HUNTER” PACKET CHALLENGE was renamed to OperationFOOT.pdf when it was moved.

The Spy Hunter, Part III – Solution Posted
February 14, 2012, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Packet Challenge, pcap

The Spy Hunter, Part III – Solution posted. http://t.co/HPInnFD

“The Spy Hunter 3” Packet Challenge
January 24, 2012, 3:40 pm
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+++++ Investigators’ briefing – Operation CHASTISE ++++

Operation NEPTUNE, whilst yielding significant intelligence product, also represented a gross failing of Yellow Sun’s personnel security procedures. An agent of the Adversary (now known to be the Sinister Icy Black Hand Of Death, aka SIBHOD) was unwittingly employed as part of NEPTUNE’s plan to conduct offensive operations. Once the agent (known as Keith Starr, real name now known to be Kerry Nitpick) discovered the nature of his target he swiftly left Yellow Sun’s HQ either fearing exposing SIBHOD, or fearing SIBHOD’s harsh HR stance on errant staff…

The remainder of mission brief and the pcap can be downloaded from Google docs at the following URL:


The filenames are:



Send your answers to chris (dot) christianson (at) gmail (dot) com.


Disclaimer: All characters and organisations in this challenge are fictitious. Any resemblance to real or virtual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

This challenge requires you to interact with a live website. There is no need to probe or otherwise attack the website. All necessary information has been provided in the challenge materials, and if the domain name doesn’t contain the string “nybblecomms”, you’re in the wrong place. Any hostile activity directed at the site may result in the challenge being taken offline.


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The Spy Hunter, Part II – Solution posted.
August 16, 2011, 7:09 am
Filed under: Packet Challenge | Tags: ,

The Spy Hunter, Part II – Solution posted. http://wirewatcher.wordpress.com/2011/08/14/the-spy-hunter-part-ii-solution/

August 13, 2011, 1:00 am
Filed under: Packet Challenge, pcap | Tags: , ,

The “The Spy Hunter 2” Packet Challenge saga continues.  Go to Alec R Waters (@alecrwaters on twitter) blog at wirewatcher.wordpress.com for the rest of the story.  Results and Solution posted soon.