Current Challenges

  • DC3 2013 Digital Forensic Challenge

    2012-12-17 to 2013-11-01 Site - Stats

    Owing to current fiscal uncertainty DC3 will not conduct the 2014 DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge - the 2013 challenge will likely be our last. We thank you all for your tremendous support over the years.

    The Challenge

    The 2013 DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge is based on individual scenario-based, progressive level challenges as a call to the digital forensics community to pioneer new investigative tools, techniques and methodologies.


    The Objectives of the Annual Digital Forensics Challenge are to:

    • Establish relationships within the Digital Forensics Community
    • Resolve issues facing the Digital Forensics Community
    • Develop new tools, techniques, and methodologies for the Digital Forensic Community

    Challenge Levels

    Each challenge level establishes the total number of points available per challenge assigned based on its difficulty toward a solution (known to unknown). This is based on the complexity of what a digital forensics examiner normally runs into and has to adjust for/extract/scrutinize in an analysis of those file types for examination problems.

    Level 100: Novice: Groundwork- these challenges have a solution that are well known to experienced examiners. Each subcategory is worth 100 points (e.g. File Signatures, Suspicious Software, Hashing Metadata, etc.).

    Level 200: Advanced: Uncertainty- at 200 points per subcategory, these solvable challenges have a varying degree of difficulty (e.g. Data Hiding, File Headers, Passwords, Registry, etc.).

    Level 300: Expert: Investigate- there is no guarantee that these challenges have a solution. Additionally, each 300 point challenge requires a solution that is not very well known (e.g. Encryption, Parsing, etc.).

    Level 400: Master: Reveal- these 400 point challenges have no known solution (e.g. Communication Recovery/Parsing, Information Concealment in files, etc.).

    Level 500: Developer: Originate- 500 point challenges required development of digital forensic tools based on the defined requirements (e.g. tools, methodologies, etc. for known Digital Forensic investigation issues).
    Hint: These tools can be used to solve other challenges

  • Maryland Digital Forensic Challenge

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    Maryland has become, as Governor Martin O’Malley puts it, “the National Epicenter” of Cyber Security. To honor Maryland’s stature as a hub for digital forensics innovation, training, and recruitment, the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) announces the DC3 Digital Forensics Maryland Challenge (DC3 Maryland Challenge) as part of the global DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge (DC3 Challenge). Participants residing in Maryland are eligible to receive a special recognition at the close of 2012 in addition to their general DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge prize eligibility.

    As part of the DC3 Challenge, it is the goal of the Maryland Challenge to serve as a call to the digital forensics community to cultivate new cyber professionals and pioneer new investigative tools, techniques, and methodologies. In the 2011 DC3 Challenge, Maryland hosted the second highest number of teams amongst the entire United States. Impressed by the numbers, The DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge team decided to up the ante and showcase the enthusiasm and hard work of the Maryland participants.

    Click the "More Information" link above for complete eligibility requirements.


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