Cyber Attacks. Advanced Persistent Threats. Hacktivist Organizations. All of these have become a standard artifact of daily life in our digitally interconnected world. And as more systems become digitized, a certain subset of the population grows more powerful: Hackers. Threats have skyrocketed to lethally dangerous levels, to the point where a simple script kiddie has the potential to take down physical systems connected to the net. Crash trains. Pollute water treatment. Burn fuel. But fortunately, another group has risen to counter this insurgence of malicious actors. Information Security professionals, many of them ex-hackers themselves, are perpetually at work to restore order to the cyber world and stay ahead of this game of cat-and-mouse, lest those with no stake in the game obtain the power to destroy it.
Which of us haven't wondered at some point in their lives how it's really done? How hackers actually manage to break into systems? Wonder no longer. H@ck3rz is an RP that takes place in our world and engages in scenarios that are akin to what real attackers encounter and how they interact with systems across the globe. No information security or computer science experience required. Every player will generate two characters: A hacker (including hacktivists, foreign government agents, malware developers, lone wolves doing it for the lulz, etc.) and an information security professional (including penetration testers, defense specialists, compromise analysts, local government agents, etc.). The attackers cause some degree of mayhem that corresponds to their particular goals, whereas the security professionals aim to nullify efforts of malicious actors and to protect the world from their antics.
I am an information security professional IRL, and I'm more than willing to answer any questions you might have (now and throughout the RP), and I'll gladly work with you to ensure that you have a good understanding of the direction you want to take the attack/hunt and will give you any resources you'd like to carry out whatever situation you have in mind. H@ck3rz is about the players, not the GM, and in a world where cyber criminals can hit just about any system, virtually no attack is too outlandish to carry out in one way or another, be it through social engineering, exploit development, or even physically breaking into secure facilities. I have access to real attack tools and can provide anything from screenshots to software in order to ensure that your vision of your incident is fulfilled. Be prepared to solve puzzles, look for evidence, and defeat the hackers once and for all.
If you have any questions or interest, please let me know. Below I've included samples of potential scenarios and engagement locations. If you feel that you want to join, we will be beginning soon here: roleplayerguild.com/topics/177991-h-c…