Competition Rules

Participation Criteria:

  • Each individual who participates in the Competition (“Participant”) must be at least 13 years of age.
  • Participants Must be a current student in an accredited middle school, high school, or home schooled program. College level students must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program.
  • Post graduate or certified professionals in the field of Cybersecurity are prohibited from competition.
  • Previous MAGIC CTF winners are excluded from participation.

By creating an account and participating in the competition challenges, you are agreeing to these competition rules with respect to the current competition.

  1. Individuals and/or Teams may not interfere with the progress of other individuals/Teams, nor with the operation of the Competition’s infrastructure. More specifically, attacking the scoring server, other Teams, or machines not explicitly designated as targets is cheating. This includes both breaking into such machines, and denying others access to them or the ability to solve problems. Sharing keys or providing overly-revealing hints with other teams is cheating, as is being directly assisted by personnel outside the Team (using tools from the internet is OK; asking people on the internet to help solve the problem is not). We encourage Participants to solve problems in novel and creative ways using all available resources, but we do require that Participants solve the problems themselves.
  2. All information provided to establish an account must be true and correct. You are responsible for keeping such information up-to-date. Failure to keep your account up-to-date may, among other things, jeopardize your eligibility to compete.
  3. You must utilize appropriate username and team id’s. No usernames and IDs will be allowed that promotes a negative connotation or meaning.  MAGIC will disqualify a participant if we deem inappropriate ID’s are being used.  This includes icons and emojis.
  4. MAGIC runs an honest, ethically responsible competition.  At any time, in the sole and absolute discretion of MAGIC, we shall be entitled to disqualify a Participant and/or Team in the event of a failure to meet relevant eligibility criteria or any other violation or suspected violation of these Competition Rules.
  5. Professional teams and teams that have professional skill levels should not participate in this beginner level educational competition. Professional or ranked teams will automatically be disqualified at the end of the event.
  6. Competition problems(challenges) or other content on the MAGIC site remains the property of MAGIC. MAGIC reserve any rights in such materials. You are authorized to access and use such materials solely with respect to registration for and/or participation in virtual CTF by you. You may not use the MAGIC site or any materials on it (including but not limited to the Competition problems) for any unauthorized purpose.
  7. In this competition, tie breaks are essentially resolved by time. If two teams have the same score at the conclusion of the competition, the team with the oldest score time stamp will be declared the winner.