Looking for a fun way to teach basic computer security concepts and terminology to non-techies? Yeah, you have “Control-Alt-Hack” that we covered before but this one, called [d0x3d!], is open-source and freely available for all. Inspired by the 2010 game Forbidden Island, it also introduces attack and defend mechanics and other basic computer security constructs. Head on over to their GitHub repository and download all the materials required to play. For those that would like the game in a professionally produced boxed format, you can order it for only $25 from the TheGameCrafter.com.
Here’s a full description of the game from TheGameCrafter.com.
In [d0x3d!], you and up to three other players take on the role of an 1337 hacker syndicate, infiltrating a network to reclaim valuable digital assets that have been stolen from them. What are these assets? There are four types—financial data, personally identifiable information, authentication credentials, and intellectual property—but what exactly these represents is your little secret. Embarrassing photos? The recipe for the best BBQ in the world? You decide.
As you seek out these valuable digital assets, the network admins respond: patching compromised machines, raising alarms, sometimes changing its very topology to impede your movement. You and your team work together, compromising and looting machines on the network, trying to not alert the network admins of your presence. If the admins feel too threatened by the activity they see on their network, they will take your stolen personal data and release it onto the internet! In other words, you’ll get d0x3d!
You all win together, or you all lose together. Brave the network and protect your data!
Source: “[d0x3d!]” – TheGameCrafter.com
And of course a post like this wouldn’t be complete without some videos showing [d0x3d!] in action. The first video below demonstrates game setup while the second one shows game play.
Have you ever played this game and have some comments on it? Know of any other similar games like this? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from Geek.com. See ya!