PatriotCTF 2024
Hosted by MasonCC
Virtual, September 20 @ 6:00pm EDT - September 22 @ 6:00pm EDT

Before registering a team, please take a look at our rules below. You must first register a user account, and then you can create or join a team. After registering, join our Discord which will be used during the competition.
Student teams: please register using your school email address. If you don't recieve our email, check your spam folder.

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PatriotCTF is a beginner-friendly capture-the-flag competition hosted by GMU's cybersecurity club, MasonCC. All are welcome to participate, including students and security professionals. Challenges will range from beginner to expert, so there should be something for everyone. This is a jeopardy-style CTF, meaning there will be various challenges from the different categories described below.

Prizes New

  • Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.
    • 1st place: $500
    • 2nd place: $250
    • 3rd place: $100
  • The top student team will also receive a prize.
    • Student 1st place: Prizes $250


  1. Teams may have up to four players. Multiple teams are allowed per school.
  2. Any given team is only eligible for one prize category.
    1. In order to be eligible for the student prize, all members of your team must be enrolled at a secondary or postsecondary institution such as a high school, college, or university. If an eligible team wins a prize, then the CTF organizers will contact the team and ask them to provide proof that each team member is a student at an educational institution before the prizes are given.
    2. Team members cannot be a citizen of a country sanctioned by the U.S. and cannot have helped create this CTF.
    3. Prizes are not legally guaranteed and MasonCC is not responsible for any loss, nonreceipt, or misuse of prizes.
    4. Prize money is deducted to teams not individual players. Teams are responsible for deciding on how to split prize money amongst themselves.
  3. You are not allowed to receive help from people who are not a part of your team. (Online resources are permitted.)
  4. You are only permitted to play for one team, playing for multiple teams, flag sharing, or otherwise attempting to gain an unfair advantage over other teams is not permitted.
  5. You are not allowed to attack the CTF infrastructure or anything used to host the CTF unless a challenge specifies otherwise. If you identify a security vulnerability within the CTF infrastructure that has nothing to do with a challenge, then please contact [email protected] with details.
  6. The purpose of this competition is to teach students cybersecurity and ethical hacking. Please do not use any of the knowledge that you gain from this competition to conduct illegal activities. If you decide to do so anyways, then we are not responsible for your actions.
  7. Breaking any of these rules will result in removal from the scoreboards and an automatic disqualification from prize eligibility.
  8. Please contact one of the exec members on Discord if there are any issues.


Challenge Categories

Name About
Cryptography Code breaking, cipher smashing, and math that fights back!
Reverse Engineering Figuring out how things work, then breaking those things!
Pwn Playing with bytes and bits!
Forensics PCAPs and file carving and memory dumps (oh my!)
Web The attack surface of the modern world!