At long last! Here is a copy of Puzzle #7, “Ann’s Dark Tangent,” which was run at Defcon 18 (2010). This contest was unusual in that the answer was a single word. The contest was open to DEFCON 18 attendees who were at the conference. Although the contest has long since closed, you might enjoy playing around with the packet capture, which contains wireless iPad traffic.
Ann has arranged a rendezvous with Dark Tangent. You are the forensic investigator. Can you figure out their destination?
Here’s a copy of their network traffic:
The first team to submit the correct answer wins a brand new Apple iPad.
A few notes:
1. You will not get the correct answer simply by running “strings” on the packet capture. It is more complicated than that.
2. Please do not attempt to brute-force the answer by guessing. We reserve the right to cut you off from submitting answers if you abuse the privilege.
Have fun! 🙂
Puzzle #7 was written by Sherri Davidoff, Eric Fulton and Jonathan Ham.
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