[ HackBack2 ] - UK University Cyber Security Challenge

A one day remote security challenge for UK universities! Work in teams at your University tosolve challenges suitable for all skill-sets! Whether you are just wanting to get Cyber-security exposureor are doing your MSc in security this one-day event is fun, educational, community oriented and availableto any student!

27 Universities Officially Entered

(If you don't see your Universities logo below, please contact us to get them involved)




Royal Holloway






De Montfort



South Wales



Robert Gordon

Glasgow Caledonian


West of England




UTC Sheffield

Cardiff Metro

Sheffield Hallam


Edinburgh Napier


What is HackBack?

HackBack is a (University only) capture the flag event taking place this October.

There will be 6 categories of cyber security questions designed for all skill levels. You will be inteams of a maximum of 4 people. Each question is worth points and the team that has the most pointswins.

The event will be hosted at your University and will run for 5 hours including a lunch break. Ifyou're a student and are interested in cyber security, this event is right for you!

Prizes, Swag and Sponsor


Swag will be given to students who demonstrate great resilience and hunger for knowledge. Swag willinclude stickers, t-shirts and hats.

Prizes for the winners:

Our Sponsor:

Context Information Security are a cybersecurity consultancy that employs some of the best in the industry. They are exclusivelysponsoring HackBack!

Event Details

  • Date: Sat 26th, October
  • Time: 10:00 - 15:00
  • Location: Your University
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Team Size: (Max) 4 people per team
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  1. Web Exploitation
  2. Forensics
  3. OSINT
  4. Scripting
  5. Networking
  6. Reverse Engineering


Breaking any of the following rules will result in your team being disqualified

  • *.tryhackme.com and the OpenVPN server is off limits to probing, scanning or exploiting.
  • Users are only authorized to hack machines that have started in the rooms they have access to.
  • Users are not to target or attack other users
  • Answers to questions are not to be shared.


There are a few requirements to participate:

  • You have OpenVPN Access. We suggest you sign up to the site on your Universities networkand connect to our network via OpenVPN to ensure there are no problems on the day. There are videotutorials on how to do this.
  • You are currently studying at a UK University.

How to enter

If your University has been entered, you can sign up like so:

  1. Every team member needs to signup and create an account on TryHackMe and go to their profile page.

  2. There can be a maximum of four people per team. One person per team must create the team.

  3. When creating the team, choose a team name and select your university (you must not leave theuniversity blank otherwise your team will not be entered into the CTF).

  4. Once the team is created, the captain will be given a password, this is needed for other team membersto join.

  5. The captain will give this password, along with their team name to his team members to join.

  6. The other team members must then also go to their profile, and click join team, which will ask for theteam name and password.