Operation Galaxios

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_nCo7EYibc

This CTF is now closed for participation, all available materials are added to this CTF page for reference.

 

Rules

  • A new step for this CTF will be announced on Twitter every three days on the Hacktoria Twitter account, using the hashtag #klumgongyn2022 . There will be a total of 7 steps.
  • The description of the steps will be added to this page.
  • Answer sheet for the 7 answers will be posted on this page, on the day of the last step being released.
  • Players have a total of 3 attempts at submitting their answers

Mission Briefing

from: [email protected]rpent.com
to: [email protected]
date: April 01, 2022, 21:00 EET
subject: Briefing Operation Galaxios

We come in peace,

Just kidding, we never do. Good thing we finally got that Kotova guy, excellent work! After suffering a large blow to their income, the Order of Hades has decided to start a more lucrative business. Unfortunately it’s one the world really cannot use right now.

As you know we’ve been in contact with our Alien friends for many generations now. Somehow we’ve all been able to keep this from the public, (although some of them have suspicions) allowing us to work closely together. The Order of Hades is now threatening to put an end to all this.

Recently, during a routine visit for soil samples and gathering some local wildlife as snacks, one of our Alien friends crashed. We do not know the exact location, given the speed of the ship and time we lost contact, the ship impacted earth roughly one hour ago. On board was our friend Klumgongyn.

Being not a very skilled pilot after only living 325 human years, Klumgongyn sent out a distress signal right before crashing. After that signal, we received additional communication in the form of scanned writings. We therefor have reason to believe Klumgongyn is still alive. Although this should not matter, I’m sure you can imagine the impact of a citizen finding an alien corpse laying around.

Monitoring of the Order of Hades communication channels, indicates they are also aware of the crash and are actively searching for Klumgongyn. It’s your task to establish communication with Klumgongyn, guide our guest to safety and off our planet.

The scanned writings sent after the distress signal are attached below. You will have to translate it as our first step to finding Klumgongyn. Our alien friends have a ship moving closer to earth, it is unfortunately outside our communication range. We cannot ask them for a translation right now.

Step 01

The scanned writings sent after the distress signal are attached below. You will have to translate it as our first step to finding Klumgongyn.

Step 02

Great, now we know that Klumgongyn is alive, we were able to intercept another message. Our comms technician has written it down. We believe it will give information about where Klumgongyn might be. See if you can again translate the message and locate Klumgongyn.

Step 03

Great work on finding Klumgongyn! We sent in the BTRU (Borderless Tactical Response Unit) to rescue our alien friend. Unfortunately the Order of Hades beat us to the location and has taken Klumgongyn. During a further sweep of the area, we received a transmission. Using an alien version of a smartwatch, our friend managed to draw their current surroundings. The geolocation functionality of this watch is not usable on our planet, luckily Klumgongyn is an amazing artist. This image should help to locate the group.

Step 04

The BTRU is finally on their way to the island, though given the size of the place, finding Klumgongyn might be difficult. While waiting for their arrival, we’ve received another message from our Klumgongyn. Find out what it means, it seems like our friend needs help. If my memory serves me well, Klumgongyn started a blog last time when visiting earth, maybe that has something to do with this.

Step 05

Great, it seems Klumgongyn is still alive! The island was far too big to find any trace of our guest, luckily Klumgongyn is hyper intelligent and was able to sneak us another message. Our communication specialist wrote it down again. Find out where they’re taking Klumgongyn again, we have to catch up to these people soon! The Alien ship is also nearing comms range, I’m sure they will be very displeased with the Order of Hades, maybe this can work in our favor if we bring back Klumgongyn alive and well.

Step 06

We have new communication from Klumgongyn, this time already translated. The mothership is within our comms range, but not close enough to locate Klumgongyn. It seems that when teleporting out of the airplane, our guest managed to teleport to a wrong location. Find out where Klumgongyn is and where the Obelisk is that our alien friend needs to go. This Obelisk has an emergency beacon built in, once activated Klumgongyn will be able to extract.

  • Located in the Al-Matarriyah district of Cairo, Egypt
  • Largest surviving monument from Heliopolis
  • Oldest obelisk in existence
  • Was part of a temple of Re-Atum constructed by Pharaoh Senusret 1
  • Stands at 69 feet high and weight 120 tons
  • There is an eagle glyph at the top of the obelisk

Current Location:

Step 07

Excellent work! Klumgongyn is almost ready for extraction. Our guest is currently disguised as a human and loitering around the Obelisk. To safely extract, Klumgongyn needs to activate an ancient form of MFA. On the Obelisk, there is code that needs to be tapped on one of the stones. This will verify it’s the right person being extracted. Klumgongyn forgot the MFA codes, so the alien ship has sent us a recovery code via audio message.

Download the file here

Answer Sheet

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