Ā«Hack The HackerĀ» - the escape room

A criminal hacker has infected the computer system of your organization with ransomware. All data is encrypted. Your team has to outwit the hacker and rescue the data. Will you discover the decryption code?

Gain the knowledge. Face the threat. Hack The Hacker.


The escape room  

Ransomware in your organisation

A click on a link in an email infects the computer system of your organisation with ransonmware. It's up to you and your colleagues to rescue the data. You have to put down the attack of the criminal hacker. 

The mission of your team is to discover the code that revokes the encryption executed by the malicious software. Together with up to 6 people you have to search the hacker's den for hidden hints and clues. 

In order to find them and to solve all the puzzles you have to turn into hackers yourselves. Outwit the hacker and save your organisation!

Learning objectives

Hack The Hacker is all about password security. Participants learn why we use passwords and about the risks that come with passwords, both through social engineering and technical attacks (like bruteforcing.) To this end it is explained how passwords are stored as hashes and how easy it can be to crack the hash of a weak password.

The game leads to a deep understanding of the importance of creating strong passwords and storing them safely.


What is ransomware?

Ransomware is malware that encrypts all the data on the infected computer. Without the correct decryption code the data is lost. The attacker is making money out of it, through blackmailing the data owner: money in exchange for the code. 

It is advised not to pay the ransom because there is no guarantee for getting back the data.

According to reports, the number of ransomware attacks is estimated at 500 million per year. The average damage of a succesful attack amounts to 4.5 million USD.


Hack The Hacker


Duration: ca. 2 h
Number of participants: max. 6 pers.
Target group: employees of all fields, students
Location:  SWITCH
Werdstrasse 2
8004 Zurich
Price: on request

The website "No More Ransom!" helps victims of ransomware decrypting the data without paying the ransom to the criminals.