Thank you for an amazing 2018!

BSidesPGH is a volunteer-run information security conference held in Pittsburgh. Security BSides is a global series of community-driven conferences presenting a wide range of information security topics.


Capture The Flag

This year BSides Pittsburgh will have 3 CTFs during the event on June 22nd.

You must have a BSides Pittsburgh ticket to participate!

Only the primary CTF will have prizes - if you'd like to participate, register here.

The two other CTFs do not require pre-registration.  Details below.

Primary CTF

The Primary Pittsburgh BSides CTF is designed to reflect real life scenarios faced by security professionals when deployed in the field. In this offense-only event, the individual's job is to penetrate several layers of an environment and collect flags for points along the way. Our CTF tech team consists of active security professionals with decades of experience in penetration testing. Their experience, expertise, and know how are leveraged to create a fun CTF that is technically challenging and realistic.

There will be prizes for the top 3 participants in the "Primary" CTF (Hak5 gear, NetWars subscriptions, challenge coins, and more!). In case of a tie for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, the ranking will be determined by person taking least amount of time to capture the flags.

Please register for this CTF in advance by going here.  Registration is free.

(mini) Wireless CTF

Do you have what it takes to hack WiFi and Bluetooth?

The Wireless Village is holding a mini Wireless Capture the Flag (WCTF) at BSidesPGH.


TL;DR - twitter @wctf_us - website - play with us


We cater to those who are new to radio communications as well as to those who have been playing for a long time. We are looking for the inexperienced player on up to the SIGINT secret squirrels to play this year. The WCTF can be completely done with a little knowledge, a pen tester’s determination, and $40 or $4000 worth of equipment, but the key is to read the clues and determine the goal of each step.  In this special mini edition the focus will be on Wifi, bluetooth, and signal hunting.


Each WCTF begins with a presentation on How to WCTF. There will be clues everywhere, and we will provide periodic updates so make sure you pay attention to what’s happening at the WCTF desk, on twitter @wctf_us, the interwebz, etc. If you have a question - ASK, and we will determine if we will answer.



Read the presentations at:

Read the Blog at:

Follow on Twitter: @wctf_us and @WIFI_Village

Bring your Laptop, wireless dongles, and anything else you think may help



To score you will need to submit flags which will range from decoding transmissions in the spectrum, passphrases used to gain access to wireless access points, or even to files located on servers. Once you capture the flag, submit it right away because some will be timed challenges though others may be negative points. Offense and defense are fully in play by the participants, the WCTF organizers, and the Conference itself.

To play our game join SSID: WCTF_00 with password: Vegas_Vice

Helpful files can be found on the web server at


Keep an eye on @wctf_us, and @WIFI_Village for CTF announcements, pre-con clues, and random shit that we find to be cool.



The Wireless Village is a group of experts in the areas of information security, WiFi, and radio communications with the common purpose to teach the exploration of these technologies. We focus on teaching classes on WiFi and Software Defined Radio, presenting guest speakers and panels, and providing the very best in Wireless Capture the Flag (WCTF) practice to promote learning.

Point3 CTF

The Point3 Security ESCALATE CTF will put individuals to the test across multiple disciplines of the offensive and defensive security fields. The ESCALATE CTF consists of over 90 challenges that are worth various point values based on their difficulty. Will you try for multiple easier challenges to slowly build up your score or will you risk going big for one of the more difficult challenges that is worth a ton of points? The choice is yours!


The ESCALATE CTF has challenges focused on Networking, Programming, Reverse Engineering, Network Operations, Network Forensics, Linux Exploitation, Windows Exploitation, Web Exploitation, Implant Development, & Defensive Hunting.


The sign-up for the CTF will be at the Point3 table and the competition will run all day Friday. Whoever has the most points by the end of the day will be declared the winner! First place will receive a free 1 year subscription to ESCALATE ($3100 value) and 2nd & 3rd place winners will receive a free 3 month subscription to ESCALATE ($1450 value)!


About Point3:

We are a team of government-trained hackers hoping to stop the trend of “sophisticated attacker breaches enterprise, steals data”.

Each Point3 member has over 10 years of professional cyber security experience. Among their many security-related accomplishments, Point3 personnel have received a National Security Agency Director’s Team Award and have won hacking contests from DEFCON and Cyber Defense Competition events.

We built ESCALATE to train the next generation of cyber warriors. Instead of training today’s tools that address yesterday’s problems, we inspire apprentices to build their own solutions that solve tomorrow’s problems.