“Control-Alt-Hack” Card Game

Just in time for Black Friday it looks like a game that we had heard about way back at BlackHat has finally been released. Designed by Tamara Denning, Tadayoshi Kohno, and Adam Shostack as part of the University of Washington Computer Security and Privacy Research Lab, Control-Alt-Hack is ready to go for the holidays to gift to all those younger up and coming hackers in your life. It’s geared for ages 14 and up but I’m sure for those of us with younger children can squeeze it in … at least for research purposes. 😉

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Here’s the description of the game as per their Amazon page.

Based on a game mechanic by gaming powerhouse Steve Jackson Games (Munchkin and GURPS), Control-Alt-Hack™ is a tabletop card game about white hat hacking.

You and your fellow players work for Hackers, Inc.: a small, elite computer security company of ethical (a.k.a. white hat) hackers who perform security audits and provide consultation services. Their motto? “You Pay Us to Hack You.”

Your job is centered around Missions-tasks that require you to apply your hacker skills (and a bit of luck) in order to succeed. Use your Social Engineering and Network Ninja skills to break the Pacific Northwest’s power grid, or apply a bit of Hardware Hacking and Software Wizardry to convert your robotic vacuum cleaner into an interactive pet toy…no two jobs are the same. So pick up the dice, and get hacking!

And if you would like more details here is their video from BlackHat.


Know of any other hacking games to get the next-generation of infosec pros prepped? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from Amazon.com. See ya!

12 comments for ““Control-Alt-Hack” Card Game

  1. November 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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  5. December 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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  7. Stephen Battista
    August 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Ran a game of 29 interns this summer. Was lots of fun and helped generate great conversations.

  8. August 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks… Anything that can help bring infosec to the masses is a good thing.

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  10. October 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

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