Think you’re an expert hacker? The “Control-Alt-Hack” card game will put your so-called skills to the test. Developed by professor Yoshi Kohno of the Security and Privacy Research Lab at the University of Washington, this old-school game is geared toward a younger generation with basic knowledge of computer science.
Three to six players can become part of “Hackers Inc.,” a fictional computer security auditing company that instructs players to break into different kinds of systems and expose security flaws. Fifty-six mission cards lay out different hacking challenges. Each player gets a mission and has to decide what tactic he or she will take when the dice is rolled.
Different methods of hacking include hardware hacking, hacking software through coding, accessing networks, social networking hacks or constructing/deconstructing cryptographic ciphers. The different tactics and a points system that goes along with the dice rolls are a little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it makes for a fun and challenging way to test your skills.
The game isn’t necessarily for educational purposes, but Kohno and his team did incorporate real-life hacker issues into it. While it may not be completely educational, U.S.-based educators can request a free copy of the game before it goes on sale in the fall.