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Bad guys have taken over a municipal utility’s critical network and havoc has ensued. There is no more clean running water. Traffic lights have been reprogrammed causing traffic jams and accidents in the region. And all of the utility’s IT team have been locked out of the network.

It’s up to you and your team to hack your way back into the network, regain control of those critical systems, and basically save the world. Go!

The most enjoyable part of every 1NTERRUPT event is arguably the Treasure Hunt. If you’re not familiar, it’s our version of a capture-the-flag (CTF) activity. It’s when participants can take their new skills and test them in a real-world scenario. Sure, it’s been fun, but we also have heard consistent feedback on how to improve things, and at the top of the list is a way to measure progress. If you’re new to cyber security, it can be difficult to know whether or not you’re making progress.

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be unveiling our new scoreboard at tomorrow’s event in Worcester, MA.



We’ve hidden “flags” throughout the Treasure Hunt environment, which are just codes hidden in documents, networks, and sometimes in plain sight. When one is found, it will also indicate which country the flag belongs to. The way it works is like this:

  • Copy the flag;
  • Hover over the country, open the question, and paste the flag into the answer field, and;
  • Voila! You’ve taken back control of that country from the bad guys. Well done!


There are two types of questions that we’ll be using: quizzes and flags. (Yes, we know that we just used the term “flags” in a different way above. We’ll fix that before the next event.) The difference is really this: Multiple teams can answer a quiz question and receive points for getting the correct answer. Only one team can claim a flag. In other words, the first to get it correct is the only team to get the points.

This is going to be fun!


There are still a few more seats available, so click here to register for free!

About Marc Blackmer

Marc is the founder of 1NTERRUPT and has been in the IT and cybersecurity fields since 1998. He is a product marketing manager for industry solutions in Cisco Systems' Security Business Group, focusing on cybersecurity for industrial control systems (ICS) and the Internet of Things (IoT). He also blogs on IoT security on behalf of Cisco at