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misc/CATS | LACTF 2023

Ruien Luo, Sun Feb 12 2023 • Tags: misc, LACTF 2023

This challenge was part of LACTF 2023, where asmhole placed 33rd out of nearly 1,400 teams.

Challenge description

Author: burturt
CATS OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MANY CATS ARE IN THIS IMAGE I NEED TO VISIT CAN YOU FIGURE OUT THE NAME OF THIS CAT HEAVEN?

Answer is the domain of the website for this location. For example, if the answer was ucla, the flag would be lactf{ucla.edu}.

Challenge Files Mirror: CATS.jpeg

Solution

One of the first things I've learned to do with OSINT challenges like this one is to try and extract the EXIF/location data from the image. Here, that instinct turned out to be immensely useful, since the location of the cat place is embedded in the image.

catlocation

The cats are on Hawai'i!

Specifically, they're at Lānaʻi Cat Sanctuary.

actuallocation

With that, we have what we need for the flag, which is lactf{lanaicatsanctuary.org}

Totemo hawaii kawaii ne(ko)~!

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