The Codebreaker Challenge for Armed Forces and Police Week 2021 consists of three tasks that are worth a varying amount of points based upon their difficulty.

Teams will be ranked based on the amount of time it takes for them to solve all three challenges. Each challenge clock is separate. The clock starts when the team captain downloads the first file associated with the challenge and ends when the correct answer is submitted.

Tasks are ordered based on a hostage rescue story, however they can be solved in any order.


DISCLAIMER - The following is a FICTITIOUS story meant for providing realistic context for the Codebreaker Challenge and is not tied in any way to actual events.

Two days ago, an American was kidnapped abroad. Although the city where the individual was last seen has very few surveillance cameras on its streets, local authorities were able to provide us with some surveillance footage taken near their hotel during the days leading up to the disappearance. From the footage, we see that they was kidnapped from the front of their hotel and taken away in an unmarked van. Unfortunately, we can also observe the kidnappers destroying the individual's mobile phone making it impossible to track their route via GPS. Locals have also reported drone activity in the area leading up to the event. A criminal organization, well known for using drones in their kidnap-for-ransom schemes, has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Your mission is to:

  1. Locate the missing individual and hostage takers' current position.
  2. Facilitate the recovery of the individual and take actions to prevent another incident from happening.

Each task will require a range of skills. We need you to call upon all of your technical expertise, your intuition, and your common sense to help us locate and rescue the individual!

Good luck. We hope you enjoy the challenge!