Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the Network Forensics Puzzle Contest this year, and especially to our top three finishers! This year marked our sixth year running the contest, so we were happy to see a number of familiar faces at our booth as well as lots of first-time players.

The winners are…

1st place – Threat Level Pancakes

2nd place – Tom Pohl

3rd place – Blue Squirrel

The contest consisted of six rounds plus a bonus round. The leading teams breezed through the first few rounds before hitting challenging rounds 5 and 6. Three teams persevered for over 36 hours and successfully completed the puzzle. The bonus round remains unsolved. We hope you picked up a disc so you can give it a try at home!

The full top 10 leaderboard is below.

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An impressive 71 teams completed round 1. That number quickly dwindled down to 11 round 5 finishers, and just three round 6 finishers.


We would love to hear your feedback about the Network Forensics Puzzle Contest in the comments here or @LMGSecurity on Twitter using the hashtag #NFPC. Thanks for playing!