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Press Release | Sept. 28, 2023

NSA Launches 10th Annual Codebreaker Challenge for 2023

FORT MEADE, Md. - The National Security Agency (NSA) is launching its annual Codebreaker Challenge, offering students from U.S.-based academic institutions the opportunity to compete against other schools to complete mission-oriented scenarios while developing their reverse engineering skills.
Now in its 10th year, the Codebreaker Challenge was launched in 2013 with five participating schools and has grown with each successive iteration. The 2022 challenge featured over 4,600 participants from 447 academic institutions.
This year’s challenge will focus on an unknown signals origin identified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Within this larger scenario, students will work to solve nine smaller challenges each designed to highlight the technical analysis performed daily at NSA.
Check out this year’s kick-off video, and register for the challenge at

As in past years, students who perform well in the Codebreaker Challenge are encouraged to apply to the Agency, and a number may receive conditional job offers.
Best of luck to all participants!

NSA Media Relations