Air Force Cadets P0wn NSA Red Team in Annual CDX

Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force cadets for their win in the annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) held in Hanover, MD last week. In this three-day exercise, now in their 13th year, “blue teams” from various military colleges defend their computer networks against simulated attacks from a “red team” of National Security Agency (NSA) and other industry experts. One of the red team members,  Raphael “@armitagehacker” Mudge, maintains the popular Armitage tool that he developed specifically for red team coordination in these types of exercises.


A U.S. Air Force Academy team on Friday beat out rivals from other elite military colleges after a three-day simulated cyber “war” against hackers from the National Security Agency that is meant to teach future officers the importance of cybersecurity.

Nearly 60 government experts – sitting under a black skull and crossbones flag – worked around the clock this week to break into computer networks built by students at the Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine academies. Two military graduate schools also participated.

The annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX), now in its 13th year, gives students real world practice in fighting off a increasing barrage of cyber attacks aimed at U.S. computer networks by China, Russia and Iran, among others.

It also allows the NSA’s top cyber experts and others from military reserves, National Guard units and other agencies hone their offensive skills at a time when the Pentagon is trying to pump up its arsenal of cyber weapons.

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2 comments for “Air Force Cadets P0wn NSA Red Team in Annual CDX

  1. April 22, 2013 at 7:35 am

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