It was formerly known as "PullThePlug.org", and is probably the oldest wargame network that is still active today.
The project currently offers 10 wargames with over 120 challenges, and should be well known amongst the challengers.
Most of the games are about lowlevel memory corruption, varying in their difficulty.
There is also a box called "bandit" available for beginners, teaching basic UNIX security, as well as web based challenges, known as the "natas" box.
You are also welcome in their irc chatroom, ircs://irc.overthewire.org:6697/#wargames, which has currently about 40 users conncted.
OverTheWire.org is brought to you by Steven, who is the first challenge site admin to implement a new type of scoring protocol, the warbox scoring via identd.
This protocol is brought to you by epoch_qwert. It allows "traditional warboxes" to be scored with a service utilising identd on the warbox and acting as a scoring proxy.
Read about using this scoring procedure in your Profile->Warboxes and in the forum.
hacking-challenges.de joined the wechall network.
This brand new site, launched in december 2012, is available in German only.
It currently offers 100 challenges from the usual categories, sorted by
The challenges seem to be targeted for beginners and intermediate challengers,
but according to the admin, C-tecx, you
are encouraged to submit more challenges.
He let me know that he created the site because, unlike some other countries,
there are not many German challenge sites available.
At best i let him speak for himself, as gave an informative response when asked
for some background information...
...and of course we all wish you...
Quote from C-tecx
Die Idee einer Challenges Seite habe ich bereits vor ca. 7 Jahren
gehabt. Nicht anders als heute bot der
deutsche Raum außer Happy-Security und MiBs Challenges leider nicht
viel in diesem Bereich an.
Damals nannte ich das Projekt noch "CheckTheHackits". Ende 2006 war
CheckTheHackits schon einmal als Beta Version online. Allerdings waren
noch viele Fehler vorhanden und einige Module noch gar nicht fertig.
Trotz der guten Resonanz musste ich das Projekt aus zeitlichen Gründen
wieder aufs Eis legen und CheckTheHackits offline setzen.
Mitte 2012 habe ich das Projekt wieder aufgenommen und Ende 2012 war es
dann fertig. Das besondere an der Seite ist, dass die User aktiv
mitarbeiten können. Sprich selber neue Hackits einsenden, Tutorials
schreiben und selbst entwickelte Tools bereit stellen können. Auf dem
jeweiligen Profil ist zu erkennen wer wieviele Hackits, Tools,
Links oder Tutorials erstellt bzw. eingesendet hat. Mein Wunsch ist,
dass Hacking-Challenges durch das aktive Mitarbeiten von Usern wächst
und so interessant bleibt. Jedes Mitglied soll die
Möglichkeit haben seine eigenen Ideen einzubringen.
Another new challenge site has spawned and joined the wechall network. CanYouHack.it left the alpha stage and officially launched approximately 2 weeks ago and already offers 52 challenges, ready to get solved.
The focus is currently on cryptography, webhacking, stegano and programming. According to the owner, it is planned to add more realistics, and there are some crackits in the queue.
There is currently a competition running, for which the author of the best challenge that got sent in gets a raspberry pi as a prize.
Some words about the admin Sepehr is 22 years old, studies, and works in the computer support.
He started on hackits.de, and after it went down decided to code his own challenge site.
CYH is the result, and with many thanks to the admin for joining, we wish you...
We are pleased to welcome a new site to our wechall family: Wixxerd
From what I have seen so far, the site seems suitable for beginners and some of the harder challenges here could get the more experienced thinking a little too.
The site is hopefully set to grow in future, when more of its older challenges are reimplemented for it´s new code structure and give a greater input to our community.
So we give thanks to the admin for setting up the needed scripts and simply say welcome Wixxerd, and we wish you all Happy Challenging!
I am happy to announce that another challenge site has joined wechall. suninatas.com is another site from south korea, and currently offers 15 challenges in total from the exploit, cracking and forensic categories.
The main language is korean, but the challenge part is available in english too. Unlike most other sites this one is written in ASP.net, and you maybe can find some exploits for that platform there as well.
The site is rather new, launched in April the first this year, and it's admin is 39 years old and the leader of a pentest team.
Thanks go out to suninatas for writing the required scripts and we wish you ...
We are happy to announce ...
Some generous member has donated 100 euros which i will invest in three more official wechall tshirts.
Your mission is easi(ly explained): Just solve all the wechall challenges and win an original wechall tshirt.
The news come a bit late, but i am happy to announce that a new challenge site has joined. Reversing.Kr has it's focus on reversing and cracking applications on the most popular operating systems.
The site is very new, soon be a month old, and i guess we will see some nice changes and additions in future.
I hope i chose the correct country this time on my own and special thanks go out to Gogil for implementing the needed scripts.
epoch_qwert has created a new wargame site called "hacking.allowed".
The first challenges are the same as on thebackupbox, but there await you also a lot of new exploits.
The level layout has changed from the linear one-by-one to a non-linear sheme, so you can try each challenge without solving the preceding ones.
Again the box is running NetBSD and you are also welcome trying to own the box completely. Thus he called it "hacking.allowed".
Beside having fun with the challenges you get a free shell account too, and would also be allowed to host small html-only websites.
Personally it's nice to see epoch is still creating challenges, and offers us the opportunity to become real *nix hackers.
A brand new site has joined the wechall network.
The site is from ynori7, CPUkiller and Orpheus, and was not planned to be a challenge site, more focused on papers, articles and tutorials, all about the bit's and bytes we are interested in.
After a few months of coding they decided to add challenges too, and participate in the wechall project.
Currently the site is hosted via dyndns on their very own computers, but maybe this will change, as their stuff looks promising.
We hope you will enjoy this contribution to the world wide web, and wish you
Security Override has joined the wechall network and is participating in the global rankings.
The site is from the United States and around 3-4 years old. It offers well implemented challenges from all the well known categories, and also quite some realistic webhacking challenges.
The SSH challenges are currently offline, but i hope they will get revoked again.
All in all i can say the challenges are fun and the community is worth to check out.
Many thanks go out to their admins, especially NullSet for implementing the required scripts.