Sticker Heist History

Origins and History

In Fall 2018, Dr. Mike started a club called the Hacking Team at Sinclair College for students in any major to learn about cybersecurity. Dr. Mike had found several hacking and cybersecurity computer games for the new club to use, but just before the fall semester started, he had a new idea. 

At the DEFCON cybersecurity conference a few weeks earlier, Dr. Mike had competed in the Darknet Challenge, a role-playing game that requires teams to solve various hacking puzzles and tests to complete a quest. Now Dr. Mike was determined to create a similar cybersecurity game for his students, one that combined elements of virtual cybersecurity games with a hands-on challenge, but that could be completed inside a single classroom within the length of a class period. 

He came home and got working on an idea called Sticker Heist, a  challenge he would test on his newly formed Hacking Team.  He purchased a Lock Sport kit from Hacker Boxes and created the v1 prototype with his own funding, time, and effort.

Version 1 

The original version 1 .. October 2018

Original v1 up and running. 2018

Few of the Fall 22 Hacking Team working on the V1 Sticker Heist (up and running on the right).

version 1 prototype

Version 1.1 (2021) -  Added LED and moved RFID and keypad into lid.  Removed the yellow external WiFi box and setup WiFi on the Raspberry Pi. 

11/30/22 - Original "V1" system card failed to boot.  Has bad sectors.  Was able to image the main partition to get to any files.  Attempting to repair the SDCard.

(December 2022) - RIP V1.1.  SDCard failed.  Taking parts out for a second V2.

Version 2

Dr. Mike Libassi was awarded the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC) 2022 Teaching Grant Award for ideas to improve Sticker Heist

Version (V2) development started in September 2022.  The OAYTC award funds are going to improve Sticker Heist in many ways.  Like:

Follow V2 progress below...

Lab Setup

Lab setup for the development of version 2 (V2) - 10/21/22.

V2 Design

Stacking the system boards together with the top board for the components.  The outer system box as well as any custom mounting can be produced through 3D printing. 

Pics of the Progress

October 2023 - NSF Funded