Tabletop Card Game “Control-Alt-Hack” Released by UW Researchers

UW Spin-out RGB Hats has announced the release of a new computer security-themed card game titled Control-Alt-Hack™: White Hat Hacking for Fun and Profit, based on the mechanics of Ninja Burger from gaming powerhouse Steve Jackson Games.

Players of Control-Alt-Hack work for Hackers, Inc., an elite computer security company of ethical (a.k.a., white hat) hackers who perform security audits and provide consultation services. Their motto? “You Pay Us to Hack You.”

Control-Alt-Hack requires players to apply their character’s hacker skills (and a bit of luck) to accomplish Missions. Players will use their Hacker’s Social Engineering and Network Ninja skills to break the Pacific Northwest’s power grid, or apply a bit of Hardware Hacking and Software Wizardry to convert a robotic vacuum cleaner into an interactive pet toy. No two jobs are the same.

Designed for players age 14 and up, the game appeals to a broad audience with interests in tabletop gaming or science and technology, and to computer security experts interested in a bit of fun. Control-Alt-Hack retails for $34.99, but is currently available for purchase at for $25.

RGB Hats founders Yoshi Kohno and Tamara Denning are computer security and privacy researchers at the University of Washington. Together with Adam Shostack, they created Control-Alt-Hack to expose people to the world of computer security while they play.

“We designed Control-Alt-Hack™ to be a fun introduction to computer security concepts,” says Denning. “We focused on making it fun to play so that people want to come back and play again and, in doing so, absorb some of the educational material that we embedded within the game.”

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About RGB Hats, LLC
RGB Hats founders Tamara Denning and Tadayoshi Kohno are members of the University of Washington Computer Security and Privacy Research Lab, and Adam Shostack is an honorary member of the lab. They are professionally dedicated to helping improve the electronic security and privacy of current and future technologies.