Mason CC's first CTF
November 3rd, 9:30am to 5:30pm

patriotCTF is Mason CC's first CTF hosted at GMU. Like all CTFs, it will feature challenges in cybersecurity that stretches the existing skillset of hackers while encouraging learning. It will be a team CTF. Registration is not yet open. It should open over a month in advance. We are holding it to encourage people to not try to commit too in advance, as we've had poor experiences with that in the past.

Historically our membership has created dozens of challenges for one another, as well as have had a large amount of success in competition, especially in DFIR, web and reverse engineering, and look forward to spending that skillset on the entertainment of others. This will be a challenging, competitive event. People who are brand new to CTFs or security topics listed on this page will find themselves challenged and GMU students who are easily overwhelmed may find themselves more comfortable at other Mason CC functions.


When registration opens, 70 hackers will be initially allowed in for 70 seats, afterwhich we will have limitedf overflow spots. Overflow will be allowed in, but won't be garaunteed free food and in-arena seats until the first 70 don't all check in. It's more than likely the overflow members will be able to compete, but we don't want to garauntee food for more mouths we can feed. On campus is a NUMBER of restaurants including Chipotle, Wing Zone, Red Hot Blue (BBQ), as well as a large amount of open seating so we encourage overflow registrants to come by.

Prizes Include...

  • USB Rubber Duckys
  • Packet Squirrel
  • LAN Turtle
  • Raspberry Pi Model B+
  • Mechanical Keyboard
  • BeagleBone Rev Com

Prizes are "UMDCTF" style in the sense that winners grab what they want and leave the rest on the table.

About Battelle

Battelle is our proud event sponsor. Battelle also sponsors our organization after we discovered a number of our members were enjoying working there, especially in reverse engineering. If you're a CTF competitor and interested in working in what is essentially a very competitive cybersecurity R&D non-profit, we recommend trying to get priority access via their on-demand cyber challenge.


Pending GMU Funding

Pending incredibly likely GMU funding, we are expecting to have Paisano's and Panera for breakfast and lunch.

Food includes bagel packs, OJ, pastries, fruits, a series of juices, Paisano's Box Lunches, some soda, a few Caesar Salad trays, and more.
In addition, should you not like our food, there are a number of food options on campus. Check out our partner org's What's Open to understand the locations and hours of our restaurants. Look around the HUB and JC.

Challenge Team

Challenge Writers

Face and Name Job Specialties CC Position
Michael Bailey Jr Sec Engineer @ Crypsis Group Web, Operating Systems CC President
Paul Benoit Jr Sec Engineer @ Crypsis Group Forensics CC Vice President
Chuck Tran Sec Engineer @ Uffect Corp Embedded Hacking CC Competitions Officer
Chris Roberts Cyber Software Engineer @ Battelle Reverse Engineering CC Hacker
Jacob Robie Cyber Scientist 2 @ Battelle Reverse Engineering CC Hacker