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My name is Regina but I go by Hikaru online, and many other handles as can be seen by my DA ID. I'm obsessed with computers and as so have self taught myself a lot of stuff in cyber security to become a hacker. Being the greatest hacker ever is basically my goal. It's all I'm good at.

I'm 25 and in college. I major in Computer Programming and Networking Specialist, but aim to be full Computer Science later.

I also draw, watch anime, roleplay, and other stuff too. I'm a bit obsessed with Roleplaying a custom RP I help run as well. You can see that at

Oh and I've been dying my hair hot pink since before 2003. It's become a part of me, my me-ness, what makes me unique, and has become part of my image. Hard to explain.. I don't feel myself without it.

You can see my Twitter at

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So yeah.. the GhostRed Hacking CTF was MUCH MUCH more difficult than the NSA Cybersprint CTF. There's a few reasons why.

See, the Cybersprint had 5 levels of a simulation of a company, each level had several flags that you did, one by one, the earlier flag providing more information to work with for the next flag, so you went from one flag to another and built yourself up to finally pull the big hack off in the harder flags.

Whereas the GhostRed, we had hands on challenges, rooting physical machines, making gages go over 100%, finding random USB drives around the room, social engineering the creator for his password, picking locks, and then the challenges that were on the computer went from things like coding to computer forensics, to hacking, to any and everything. None built upon previous challenges, so you didn't have many clues to work with for what to do.
I definitely need to work on my computer forensics, that's where I failed hard.

In the end, CSU took two teams, I was on the second team with the other less experienced people and among my teammates the only one that had ever done a CTF. The other team had the ones that had done Yukon and CLA and other CTFs. Our school didn't really balance the teams. We came in 12th place.

BUT! Now here's the interesting part. We COULD have won. Our teammate decided to choose ethics over winning.

Our teammate found an insecurity in the system. If you followed the TCP stream, they left it unsecure so it showed all the passwords over the air and we could have just put those in and beat all the flags. But again. The teammate chose ethics. He instead reported it and refused to use them. LUCKILY I found the same thing last minute and put in the passwords for all the biggest point ones so we weren't at least dead last (there were 15 teams, 15 places.)

All in all though, it was fun! I learned many things I didn't know already and learned that there's so much more that I need to teach myself and learn about, such as forensics and the more hands on challenges. So it wasn't a total loss. Next year though? WE'RE KICKING THE OTHER TEAMS ASSES. I don't accept a loss that easily.

Winning places were 1st: Kennesaw Univerisity (Team Name: IlluminatiConfirmed), 2nd: Auburn University (I have a friend from Twitter on this team that I finally got to meet in person! That was awesome), and 3rd: Columbus State University (our more experienced team, Team Name: Snek in our Root).

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