Learn to hack! is an education platform for students (and other interested parties) to learn about, and practice, core cybersecurity concepts in a hands-on fashion. In martial arts terms, it is designed to take a “white belt” in cybersecurity through the journey to becoming a “blue belt”, able to approach (simple) cybersecurity competitions (CTFs) and wargames. Our philosophy is “practice makes perfect”.

The platform is maintained by an awesome team of hackers at Arizona State University. It powers much of ASU's cybersecurity curriculum, and is open, for free, to participation for interested people around the world!

If you have comments, suggestions, and feedback, please email us at!

Ground Rules

The challenges created for are, first and foremost, educational material, and are used to grade students at universities around the world Because of this, we would appreciate that you do not post writeups, walkthrough videos, and livestreams of challenge solutions to the internet. Obviously, we can’t enforce this, but we worked hard to make all of this public, and we would appreciate your help in keeping a viable educational platform.

Getting Started — Learn the Basics!

The material on is split into a number of "dojos", with each dojo typically covering a high-level topic. These first few dojos are designed to help you Get Started with the platform. Start here before venturing onwards!

Note: if you run into problems with concepts and challenges, you can get help on our discord server. The discord is also a great place to chat with other aspiring hackers!

After completing the dojos above, dive into the Core Material below!

Core Material — Earn Your Belts!

These dojos form the official curriculum, taking you on a curated journey through the art of hacking. As you progress and build your skills, like in a martial art, you will earn belts for completing dojo after dojo.

The material is designed to be tackled in order. We won't stop you from jumping around if you want (and have the requisite skills), but you must earn belts sequentially.

After completing the dojos above, not only will you be added to the belts page, but we will send you actual belts!

To get your belt, send us an email from the email address associated with your account. We’ll then get your belt over to you (eventually)! Note that, due to logistical challenges, we're currently only shipping belts to hackers after they earn their blue belt. Until then, we will belt you in person, at ASU or some security conference.

Community Material — Earn Badges!

No matter how much material we create, there is always more to learn! This section contains additional dojos created by the community. Some are designed to be tackled after you complete the dojos above, whereas others are open to anyone interested in more specialized topics.

Completing these dojos will grant you emoji badges!

Want to add your dojo to the fray? Create it here!

The Courses — Earning Credit

We leverage the above material to run a number of courses on this platform. For the most part, these courses import the above material, though some might introduce new concepts and challenges.

Want to use in your course? No problem! You can use the videos and slides of lectures freely for non-commercial purposes, but please provide attribution! Additionally, if you use in your own education program, we would appreciate it if you email us to let us know. Evidence of wide-spread use of for education will be a huge help for our various academic careers!

EDUCATORS: If you are an educational institution and are using as part of a class, you can import our challenges (or add your own) into your own private dojo for your students! Create your dojo here.

CONFERENCES: If you are running a conference and would like presence there (as a form of intense weekend-long training), please email us!


Eventually, hackers continue their journey beyond, becoming certain in their skills, achieving brown belt status (and able to, for example, usefully contribute to the cybersecurity industry and academia), before finally graduating to hacking masters: black belts. But this, unfortunately, must happen outside of the dojo (for now!). Some suggestions:

Capture The Flags (CTFs) are a great way to practice your hacking skills in a fun and ethical way. The most popular way to find upcoming events is at There is also a list of introductory CTFs here. If you are at ASU, feel free to check out and join ASU’s enigmatic hacking club.

Wargames are another great way to practice your hacking skills. Whereas CTFs are short (normally 48 hour) events, wargames are not time-based. You can find a list of wargames at

If you want to get involved with cybersecurity research, but don’t know how, consider joining us for an internship at ASU.


The infrastructure powering is open source, and we welcome pull requests and issues. Some of the modules are closed-source, because they include source code and solution scripts, but others can be found on github. If you are an educator, or otherwise someone we trust, and are interested in collaborating on the modules themselves, please email us at Likewise, drop us a line if you are interested in collaborating on the slides!


Team work makes the dream work, and the team behind is full of dreamers! They are:

Resource Index

We use a lot of different resources and platforms. Here they are!