How did I miss this! And does anyone know where we can get the scripts they used? And where do I sign up?
Virtual ‘capture the flag’ helps Soldiers enhance cyber capabilities
Sgt. 1st Class Scott Blakey assesses weapons systems for Team Kobayashi Maru during the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade’s Cyber Capture the Flag exercise at McGill Training Center on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, May 19, 2015. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
Three teams of 30 people sat crammed around computers in the classroom of McGill Training Center on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The teams, named “Trogdor,” “Kobayashi Maru,” and “Planet Express Ship,” made up of mostly Soldiers and civilians, were partitioned off from one another. Each team monitored large projector screens, tracking a spaceship through enemy territory. A loud, celebratory whoop went up from Team Trogdor as the event resumed after lunch.
The teams were playing a modified version of the spaceship bridge simulator “Artemis” to help develop their capabilities as part of the Cyber Mission Force. The goal of the game: To infiltrate and override other teams’ ships through their computer networks while working together to attack other teams, defend their own ship and provide solutions for any self-inflicted mishaps.
Farmer and his second in command for the exercise, 1st Lt. Stephen Rogacki, developed and built an industrial control system to overlay on the video game. When participants used an in-game command, that command was routed through the industrial control system, which could be manipulated to provide unexpected results by other teams if a ship was not well defended, such as draining weapon power.
“(Farmer) built a network with services that you would see in a real network, in the concepts of hey, this will provide maybe data communication, or provide different types of power,” Staff Sgt. Craig Seiler, member of Team Kobayashi Maru, said. “They call them industrial controls … and … they laid that on top of an actual, real game so that we can play it in a live environment, and you can manipulate, control, turn off any of those services within that network.”